Writing tips for science communication

Writing tips for researchers interested in science communication

This is the first post in a series of blog posts all about the process of moving from research to science communication. It’s something I’m often asked about, but there are a lot of different aspects to the question. Science communication is a very broad umbrella term that applies to…

Keeping track of writing ideas

Through some ill-advised decisions I ended up with five blogs. I maintain the work blog, I have a Tumblr about music and science and a neglected Medium page, I write a weekly travel feature for The Finch and Pea, and of course I have this blog as well. On top…

The Best Science Writing Online 2012 – with a chapter written by me

A book with my name on the cover was published yesterday! The official title is “The Best Science Writing Online 2012”. Technically, it should be called “Some of the Subjectively Best Writing Related to Science That Was Online in 2010 or 2011 But Is Now Offline in This Book That…

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On creativity: How do you know if you’re having original thoughts?

The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you never know if they are genuine. —Abraham Lincoln I’ve never actually written any original music myself, because I don’t think I can. I think that every melody in my head, and every string of lyrics, is just something I’ve heard…

Bands of various kinds and NaNoWriMo

So, I’ve been launching myself into something I actually have the time, but not the inspiration for. Or maybe I have inspiration and time, but no confidence. Whichever it is, I have an excuse for not blogging, and that’s what matters. You see, I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year. The goal…

Teaching course and article on OpenCourseWare

I took a fantastic course this semester: Teaching in Higher Education (THE500).  It’s a balloted non-credit course for final year PhD students, and it used to show up on your transcripts, but the school of graduate studies decided that it wasn’t academic enough so it’s no longer on the official…

ReGenesis science

I’ve been tempted to link to some of the ReGenesis science Facts Behind the Fiction articles I’ve written, but I kept putting it off because I’m always a few weeks ahead, and always know that the next one will be more interesting. But now I have to draw your attention…

Strange Alchemy – science poetry

The Scream, Toronto’s yearly literary festival is in full swing this week. This year the festival’s theme is “Science and Poetry”, and Wednesday night I attended “Strange Alchemy”, a panel discussion about science and poetry, followed by the launch of the latest issue of Matrix Magazine, also with a science…

Hypothesis!

The new Hypothesis is online! Party! There are four things I want to share about this issue: 1. It’s thin. Not because we didn’t get enough submissions, but because some articles were rejected. In particular, one article that didn’t get through our review process was later spotted in the journal…

Reconciling science with caring about animals

I’ve been telling people that one day I’d try to put in words how I could work in a field that uses animals for research, but be vegetarian at the same time. I don’t experiment directly on animals myself, but I do use cell lines and antibodies a lot, and…