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Dr. Carolyn Eyles honoured for supporting grad students



Interdisciplinary Science professor Carolyn Eyles is the 2019 recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision for the Faculty of Science.  Biology professor Juliet Daniel and Physics & Astronomy professor Kari Dalnoki-Veress were also nominated.

The award is hosted by McMaster's School of Graduate Studies and recognizes faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching, service to the campus community and beyond, outstanding supervision and non-academic support for graduate students.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to receive this award," says Carolyn. "However, my students are the ones who really should be receiving recognition as they have all been amazing individuals to supervise. I love being able to encourage them to develop the skills and attributes they feel are important to their future."

Article originally posted in December 2019 Science Matters newsletter


Science Stories organizer

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Science

Story originally posted in Faculty of Science December 2019 Science Matters newsletter

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"I launched Science Stories to highlight the important work of science journalists and storytellers. It's challenging to both describe science in terms anyone can understand and to find ways to make science relatable to people who may not feel connected to it. But that's exactly what science journalists and storytellers do. They don't dumb down science; they clear it up and show us why it matters. I think we can all benefit from understanding how they do this and being aware of the different pressures they face along the way. I think it's particularly important for scientists and science students to think about ways that they can personally make science accessible and engaging to diverse audiences — we can learn a lot from these experts.

"Every science journalist and storyteller who we've approached has been enthusiastic to participate. They appreciate that science communication is a focus for us in the Faculty of Science and they’re happy to meet with faculty members and students who are curious about the work they do and how they do it.  They also appreciate the opportunity to connect with the Hamilton community and to have a conversation off-campus about science and the media in today’s political climate. 

"Most of the science journalists and storytellers who participate in Science Stories spend the day at McMaster. They visit students in our science communication courses and some lead hands-on workshops. All of our speakers meet with students in small groups to discuss careers in science communication. And in the evening, our speakers give a free public lecture. It's important for communities to hear from science journalists because the media remains an important source of science and health information.

"Last fall, our speaker was Matteo Farinella, a neuroscientist who's also a comic book author and illustrator. Matteo led a workshop in the Thode MakerSpace where students explained scientific studies and concepts in the form of a comic. This was such a unique experience for students and it revealed that we have some talented artists in our midst. It was an important reminder that science and art can and should go together."
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Katie Moisse completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, her Masters in Neuroscience at King's College London, and her PhD at Western University in Pathology. She was then accepted into Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, interned at Scientific American, reported on health and medicine for ABC News in New York for four years and then edited stories about neuroscience and autism at Spectrum. Katie joined McMaster in January 2018 where she's an Assistant Professor with the School of Interdisciplinary Science.

Public Lecture: Why the Media Can't Tell Their Asteroid from Their Ebola

SIS, in partnership with the Alumni Association, is hosting an exciting public lecture on the evening of Thursday October 3 at McMaster Innovation Park:  

Why the Media Can't Tell Their Asteroid from Their Ebola

As more and more mainstream media cut back, downsize, and (in many cases) fold up completely, among the first people to be let go, bought out and retired are the specialised beat reporters, especially the science writers. That leaves the general assignment reporters to cover the science stories that are dominating our news these days: climate change, alternative energy, drought, fracking, forest fires, Ebola, GMO labeling, etc. This presentation examines the Top 10 reasons why they so often get the science wrong.

Jim Handman is Executive Director of the Science Media Centre of Canada. Before joining the SMCC in 2017, he spent 17 years as Executive Producer of the award-winning CBC Radio science program, Quirks & Quarks. During that time, Jim won numerous prizes for science journalism, including the prestigious Walter Sullivan Award from the AGU. He has also taught broadcast journalism at Ryerson University, was Science-Writer-in-Residence at the Journalism School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was the CanWest-Global Fellow in Media at Western University, where he taught a graduate seminar in science journalism. 

You can register for the public lecture here:

 Students are encouraged attend.

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