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On the Borealis Blog

This month on #SciBorBlog, we feature the work of recent graduates from our New Science Communicator program.

Learn more about NSC and other programs from Science Borealis or follow #SciBorPitchnPolish.
Llama Drama — New science communicator Kylie Hutt recounts the tragic tale of Touch of Magic, a llama who died of a rare form of ovarian cancer.
A parasite emerging in Canada's north — New science communicator Mila Bassil reports on a small tapeworm that could spell big trouble for dogs, wolves and humans.
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What we're reading

A dose of the posts we're enjoying the most. #FromTheFeed

Let’s all relax about Latin names from pop culture
Does the idea of the sorting-hat spider (Eriovixia gryffindori) bother you? It shouldn't.
[Stephen Heard | Scientist Sees Squirrel]

Orca Dreams
Q and A with SciArtist Ilka Bauer on exploring the boundary between the real and the surreal.
[Alice FleerackersArt The Science]

Dr. Crayfish, I presume?
A nature photo posted online leads to an unexpected encounter.
[Liv Monck-Whipp | Land Lines]

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Love pets? Zazie Todd has you covered, with more than 90 Pet People to Follow in 2019.

"The way we have structured our lives simply makes it way too hard to be physically active."

Bioarchaeologist Stephanie Halmhofer watched Travel Channel's Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox. She didn't like it.

L.E. Carmichael on why she will (probably) never write a book for adults.

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Raymond's Brain
News and Announcements

Updates for our members and bloggers

Remembering Peter Calamai
Peter Calamai, a champion of science journalism in Canada, passed away on January 22. He was 75. 

Peter began his career as a foreign correspondent for Southam News in Nairobi, Kenya. He served as the editorial page editor of the Ottawa Citizen before finding his true calling as the science correspondent for the Toronto Star. 

In 2010 Peter, along with Penny Park (who died last month), founded the Science Media Centre of Canada. Peter was awarded the 2007 Sandford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science and in 2014 was made a member of the Order of Canada for his achievements as a science journalist and for his contributions to the cause of literacy. In 2015 he received an honorary doctorate from McMaster University, his alma mater.

Peter was a journalist's journalist: curmudgeonly, dogged, determined, demanding. He was an old-fashioned, ink-stained newshound. He always said he didn't want to be in the science section: he wanted to be on page A1. His legacy lives on in the many journalists and science communicators he inspired.

With files from the Science Media Centre of Canada

Volunteer positions at Science Borealis
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Welcomes and Farewells
Catherine Dale has joined our Core Team to manage our New Science Communicators Programs. She is a Program Associate for Course Development in the Biology Department of Queen's University, where she recently completed her PhD.  She is also co-creator, editor, and contributor to the Dispatches from the Field blog. 

A fond farewell to Alex Chattwood, who served as three years as Communications, Education and Outreach Editor. We wish him the best on his future endeavours.

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