Science Communication

Science and medicine writer, editor, and communications trainer, with 18 years’ experience at Canada’s two largest scientific publishers

Education and accreditation

Bachelor of Journalism, Carleton University, 1983

Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, Carleton University, 1996

Science Communications Program, Banff Centre, 2009

Editor in the Life Sciences, Board of Editors in the Life Sciences

Core Curriculum Certificate, American Medical Writers Association

Magazine Editing Course, Toronto Publishing Workshop, 1989

Certified Professional Editor (Structural Editor, Stylistic Editor, Copyeditor, and Proofreader), Editors’ Association of Canada

Manuscript editor

Recent (2010–present):

  • Substantive editing of reports on pediatric therapeutics, health effects of wind turbines, research based on health data, and health product risk communications (Council of Canadian Academies)
  • Common Drug Review clinical and pharmacoeconomic reports, comparative editing of English translations of health technology assessments by Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux du Québec (Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health)
  • Transportation accident investigation reports (Transportation Safety Board)
  • Reports on environmental assessment of alternative energy (Environment Canada)
  • Legislative briefs and issue backgrounders on scientific and economic subjects (Library of Parliament)
  • Web pages on submission rules and procedures, research descriptions, and reports on funding mechanisms (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council)
  • Biomedical manuscripts for journal submission (for several individual authors)
  • Scientific manuscripts for journal submission and plain-language summaries (Canadian Forest Service)
  • Biology (fauna) manuscripts (Marine Ornithology journal)
  • Book on history of forensic psychiatry in eastern Canada (St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton)
  • Psychiatry guidelines for journal publication (Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law)

Earlier (1985–2000):

  • Supervisor of editors for 15 Canadian scientific journals in all disciplines (NRC Research Press)
  • Medical journals including the Canadian Medical Association Journal and several specialty journals in radiology, psychiatry, neuroscience, molecular biology, and genetics (Canadian Medical Association)
  • Government department annual reports and communications products (Deans-Waugh Associates)
  • Engineering projects and business issues (Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada)
  • Social issues and policy, Perception magazine (Canadian Council on Social Development)

Research reporter

Recent (2010–present):

  • Contributing writer (features) to Nature Outlook (medical topics)
  • Regular contributor to news service on medical/health research and public health topics for the Cana­dian Medical Association Journal

Past (1997–2002):

  • Feature articles and long-running column for CMAJ on current medical research
  • Articles for health supplement for Saturday Night magazine

Medical/scientific writer

In ProServices under Technical Writer, senior level

Recent (2010–present):

  • Report on workshop on boreal science agenda (Canadian Forest Service)
  • Press releases on journal research articles (Canadian Pharmacists Journal)
  • Newsletter content (Medical Council of Canada)
  • Fact sheets on scientific assessment of pesticides (Pest Management Regulatory Agency)
  • Handbook to a clinical psychiatry tool (St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton)
  • Research articles (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton)
  • Plain-language reports on approaches to forestry in a changing climate (Canadian Council of Forest Ministers)
  • Science policy notes on effects of resource development on the boreal forest (Canadian Forest Service)
  • Author of chapter on writing abstracts for The Research Guide: A Primer for Residents, Other Health Care Trainees, and Practitioners (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada)

Professional writer 1983–1988

  • Feature magazine articles (Ottawa Magazine)
  • Press releases (Canadian Council on Social Development)
  • Speeches for Cabinet ministers, government publications (Deans-Waugh Associates)
  • On-air scripts and research (CBC Radio, CKCU-FM Radio Carleton)

Training

Academic writing and publishing course 2011–2015

Developed and co-taught a course in fundamental scientific writing skills in English and journal publishing principles for the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (national autonomous university of Mexico)

  • Principles of clear scientific communication (journal articles)
  • Explaining objectives of research in terms of significance, relevance and novelty
  • Understanding the scientific publishing process and what editors are looking for

Two- to three-week course delivered several times a year in Mexico City and other locations in Mexico.

Writing/editing instructor 19932016

Developed and delivered workshops:

  • Effective science and social science writing, Centre for Excellence in Communication, Nov. 2015; for Statistics Canada, May 2016
  • Principles of citation (half-day workshop), Conference Board of Canada, November 2013; Canadian Medical Protective Association, December 2015
  • Editing scientific papers and reports (Editors’ Association of Canada), Feb. 2011, Feb. 2013, Nov. 2015
  • Feature Writing, Centre for Excellence in Communications, February 2012, October 2012, November 2013, November 2015
  • Communicating your research to a lay audience (1.5 hour interactive workshop), Canadian Association for HIV Research, February 2015
  • Cite It Right (references and bibliographies), Editors’ Association of Canada, Dec. 2013; (on site, Conestoga College) June 2014
  • Editing on computer (Editors’ Association of Canada, American Medical Writers Association), 1993–97

Speaker

  • New editorial and publishing technologies (Editors’ Association of Canada annual conference 2014)
  • Moderator, panel discussion on reporting on biomedical studies (Canadian Science Writers’ Association annual conference 2012)
  • Ethics in scientific publication (Editors’ Association of Canada annual conference)
  • Communicating research through social media (Taylor and Francis editors’ workshop 2014)
  • How to get your article accepted in high impact factor journals (Carleton University biology faculty 2012, and University of Ottawa medical faculty 2013)
  • Careers in editing and writing (Algonquin College Technical Writing program, continuing)
  • Marketing your journal internationally (Canadian Association of Learned Journals 2013)

 

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