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BlackLivesMatter and SciComm

June 2, 2020

Scientists and science communicators must denounce systemic racism and police brutality against Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and all Black people, and we demand justice. ComSciCon stands in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. #STEM fields have had, and continue to have, a long history of exclusion and violence against BIPOC. This is also true in SciComm.

The leadership at ComSciCon has been reflecting on our own anti-racism efforts and are committed to doing the work to doing better to educate ourselves and those we serve, including at our flagship...

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Blogging as a communication tool to engage the public in health research

April 30, 2021

by Morenike Ajidagba (ComSciCon-CanWest 2020)

Health research has evolved to become more patient-oriented with increasing patient engagement.  How do researchers utilize online communication and social media as a means to disseminate accurate information to and foster a healthy and trustworthy relationship with their target audience? Blogging can be useful to inform patients and their families on health options, to create open communication and...

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ComSciCon publishes 2020 annual report

January 20, 2021

After a tumultuous year in which our organization faced enormous challenges together with the rest of our global community — not least of which being the pandemic and an incomplete reckoning with systemic racism and injustice — ComSciCon published today its annual report for 2020.

The report covers our transition, for the first time, to a virtual workshop format for our Flagship workshop and...

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The American Southwest: A gold mine of biodiversity plagued by the Anthropocene

January 7, 2021

by Nargol Ghazian (ComSciCon-GTA 2020)

Before my first visit to the region, most of how I imagined the American Southwest derived from classic western movies I watched with my grandfather as a child or, most recently, HBO’s dystopian-series Westworld. But upon arriving in the region, I quickly realised it is much more than a wild-west-themed playground, despite what the TV show may have us...

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We Need Your Help! A Canadian Bat Box Project

December 22, 2020

by Karen Vanderwolf (ComSciCon-GTA 2020)

If you have a bat box I want to know about it!

Bats in Canada face multiple threats from habitat loss and disease. As towns and cities expand, the large old trees that bats call home are being cleared, and bats are losing their roosts. Bats need a warm and secure place to roost during the day in the summer. A bat box is a simple and effective way to provide additional roosting habitat for...

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