A moonthly newsletter from Science Borealis
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September 24, 2018
Produced every full moon, the Science Borealis Newsletter brings you a selection
of recent posts along with important updates, reminders and story ideas for
our members and bloggers.

Click here for Science Borealis news and announcements.

Fun Moon Fact ☽

The moon is moving away from the earth at a rate of about 3.8 cm per year, roughly comparable with how fast your fingernails grow.
Voting for #CdnSciFav is open until September 29! Help us and our partners at Science Writers and Communicators of Canada select the country's favourite science online!

Editors' Picks

A selection of some of our favourite posts this lunar cycle.
Art that’s out of this world — On the Borealis Blog, the Multimedia editors explore various ways to reimagine the skies in celebration of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's 150th anniversary.
Collecting diatoms in sunny Italy — Citizen scientist Joe Holmes helped out the Canadian Museum of Nature by spending part of his vacation collecting single-celled algae. 
More featured posts from our network:

The Science Fiction and Reality of Spaceflight — Ryan Marciniak

Frank the fish made me an environmental scientist — Neda Ejbari

CRISPR-Cas9 technology and personalized medicine: What about Canada? — Rick Gierczak

Science truth crusaders — Stacey Johnson

However much you’re drinking is too much — Amy Noise

Finding your niche — Sarah Boon

Are there benefits to pseudoscience? — Matt Hall

Can Watson Walk Through the ‘Valley of Death’? — Beatrice Ballarin

Funding Neglect Kills Museums: #MuseuNacional Fire Was A Preventable Tragedy — Lisa G. Buckley

The Erdős effect — Anthony Bonato

Materials science meets artificial intelligence — Erin Bedford

Est-ce que mieux comprendre comment fonctionne notre «corps-cerveau» peut aider à améliorer le monde? — Yvan Dutil

By convention — Jeremy Cote

What LGBTQ+ folk in STEM want to communicate to straight colleagues — Alex Bond
Upcoming Events

September 26 — #ColliderCafe: Art. Science. Cadence. (Vancouver)

October 4–10World Space Week

October 14-20 — Earth Science Week

October 9 — Ada Lovelace Day

October 23 — Mole Day

November 7 – 9 Canadian Science Policy Conference 2018 (Ottawa)
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News and Announcements

Updates from the Science Borealis team

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For the second year in a row, Science Borealis has teamed up with Science Writers and Communicators of Canada to highlight some of the country's favourite online science communicators!

Voting began last week and will remain open until September 29. Take the opportunity to have your say, and tell your friends! The winners will be announced October 3, 2018. 

Good luck to everyone!
Are you a member blogger with something to share? Do you have an idea for a blog carnival? Want to let us know about a cool conference or job opening? Please let us know by tagging us in your social media posts. We'll be happy to give you a boost!

For science happenings in Toronto, we recommend @scicommTO
For science & culture events in Vancouver, we recommend @CCollider

Making Knowledge Public

In Vancouver? Check out this free lecture series from the Scholarly Communications Lab and Simon Fraser University. Topics include Calling Bullshit on Fake News and Citizen Science. Most lectures will take place at SFU's Burnaby campus, with some on the Vancouver campus. Each lecture will be followed by a networking session. Learn more and register on the colloquium website.

Call for Volunteer Resource Manager

We are looking for a Volunteer Resource Manager to serve as the first point of contact for the 30-40 Science Borealis volunteers. The Volunteer Resource Manager is responsible for recruitment, onboarding, renewals, support and offboarding of all volunteers. See the job description here for details.

Call for Social Media Volunteer

We are also looking for someone to help generate Social Media content that promotes and showcases our team and members of our blogging network. The time commitment would be 2-3 hours per week. See the job description for more details.

Call for Borealis Blog Subject Editors

We are looking for new Borealis Blog Subject Editors. These volunteers write for the Borealis Blog and oversee our syndicated feed for the 12 subject categories that Science Borealis covers.

We have openings in: 
  • Physics & Astronomy,
  • Science in Society,
  • Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Sciences,
  • Communications, Education & Outreach, and
  • Math & Statistics
Interested? See the job descriptions here. Then email us at  and tell us a bit about yourself.

Register for CSPC

The 10th Canadian Science Policy Conference, CSPC 2018, will take place November 7 - 9 at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa. Register today and receive the discounted Early Bird rate, available until September 30. Registration includes 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and several receptions.

Welcomes & Farewells 

Be sure to check out the latest blog to join our syndicated network: the Entomological Society of Canada.


The New Science Communicator Programs

The Science Borealis New Science Communicator programs are designed to coach new science bloggers and provide them with experience working directly with editors on their work. These programs are not open to individuals. We work with sponsoring partners such as universities and professional organizations.
  • New Science Communicator Workshop: a stand-alone science communications workshop fully managed and delivered by Science Borealis.
  • Pitch and Polish: for students who are currently enrolled in a science communications course and are under the supervision of an instructor. Management and some editorial tasks are shared between the Science Borealis mentor and the students’ course instructor.

Scientifically yours,
The Science Borealis Team
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Science Borealis is an inclusive digital science salon featuring Canadians blogging about a wide array of scientific disciplines. Science Borealis is a one-stop shop for the public, media, educators, and policy makers to source Canadian science information.

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Newsletter Team: Tyler Irving, Maggie Middleton, Raymond Nakamura, Ainslie Butler

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