Archive for the ‘Science Communications’ Category

Right Turn: Visual analytics go viral (KT part 3)

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/15/17

A fundamental (and obvious) truth about knowledge translation (KT) is that if you want your work to have impact, it needs to be engaging. A viral video reaches thousands or millions of people; a boring, complex, badly produced video reaches a handful of people (your family, closest friends and some colleagues. Maybe a curious ex.)…Read more

‘Bad Luck 2.0’ – the transformation to success

Author: Sara M. Nolte, 09/12/17

Over two years ago, an article published in Science took the Internet and media by storm. The paper, “Variation in cancer risk among tissues can be explained by the number of stem cell divisions,” better known as “The ‘Bad Luck’ Cancer Study,” used mathematical modeling to demonstrate that most cancers were a result of chance…Read more

Right Turn: The why and how of communicating science to media

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/04/17

Engaging with the media is not for the faint of heart, but speaking on behalf of the entire world, we need you to step up scientists! Your research is important and valuable, and you may (I chose that word deliberately) be the best person to communicate it. So, while the prospect of doing a media…Read more

Right Turn: Science is art and art inspires science

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/28/17

“Anyone who views something under a microscope or through a telescope will tell you that science is art, and that art is the perfect way to convey science.” (Amanda Kwieraga) If you wander through the office where I work, you will come to the same conclusion. The submissions we have received from several years of…Read more

Right Turn: Are your kids bored yet? Turn to these summer science distractions

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/21/17

After 10 months of preparing lunches, doing homework, attending dance, hockey, piano lessons (or feel free to insert whatever else fits), the unstructured, lazy, hazy days of summer are a welcome relief. Until they aren’t anymore. If your little person or tween is in serious need of some distraction, here are some educational recommendations of…Read more

Right Turn: How tea and humour are effective in knowledge translation – Part 2

Author: Stacey Johnson, 07/07/17

You’re back! Whether you stumbled onto this post or you sought it out following my introductory blog about Knowledge Translation (KT), I’m just glad you’re here. Now that you understand what KT is (hint: click on the link above if you need a definition) and why it’s essential that academics share their findings in a…Read more

Immune to cancer, long-lived and really ugly

Author: Jovana Drinjakovic, 06/27/17

They could well be the ugliest animals on the planet, but naked mole rats don’t get cancer or suffer decrepitude from old age. No wonder scientists are working hard to unlock the secrets of these bizarre-looking creatures that could teach us how to stave off disease and repair brains. With large protruding teeth, squinting useless…Read more

Right Turn: Some knowledge sharing about Knowledge Translation – Part 1

Author: Stacey Johnson, 06/23/17

I’m delighted that, despite the title, you’ve decided to read this post! For some academics, knowledge translation is not the most exciting aspect of their job, but it is a requirement that must be fulfilled as part of their funding obligations. No offense to those who are professionals in the field and embrace the importance…Read more

What time zone is your heart tissue In?

Author: Holly Wobma, 06/19/17

Our lives our governed by our concept of time. Whether you are relatively spontaneous or a micromanager of your daily schedule, how we coordinate our work and interactions with other people comes down to the 24-hour clock we picture in our minds. Of course, this 24-hour clock is more than just a social construct. It…Read more