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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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ComSciCon-LA reports on the first event of their new Chapter

June 19, 2021

One of ComSciCon's newest chapters, the Los Angeles-based ComSciCon-LA, has just celebrated its first ever event!  The event took place virtually in April and brought together exceptional early career science communicators from across the LA metro area.

Read the organizers' annual report for a review of the sessions in their program, profiles of the remarkable invited experts they brought together to work with their attendees, testimonials from the students, and survey data from the participants.

Click on the link below to download the annual report.

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Learning under Lockdown: Tips for Navigating Research

June 9, 2021

by Alyssa Quan (ComSciCon-ATL 2021)

If you’re like me, you are an aspiring researcher in a rigorous academic degree program, sent on a rollercoaster over the past year struggling to incorporate all your brand-new ideas into a project while also trying to move forward with your studies in the middle of a would-be apocalypse. Luckily for us, there are ways to do just that.

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Mimicking photosynthesis in nature using metal nanoparticles

May 14, 2021

by Ajay Manuel (ComSciCon-CanWest 2020)

Human endeavors from the age of the hunter-gatherers to modern civilization have been guided by the allocation and consumption of energy. Light is an integral part of this story. Central to life on Earth is the energy we receive from our Sun: solar energy. In fact, the solar radiation that strikes our planet in just one hour is more than the total annual energy consumption worldwide. Tapping into even 0.02% of this incoming energy would help satisfy all our energy needs.

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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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