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Dawn Bazely

Dawn Bazely is Professor of Biology in York University’s Faculty of Science. She was Director of York University’s Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) from 2006-11 and 2012-14. She completed her D.Phil. in Zoology (1988) at Oxford University, UK. Dawn’s publications number over 90 journal articles, chapters, and books, including Ecology and Control of Introduced Plants: Evaluating and responding to invasive plants, 2003 (Cambridge University Press monograph with Judith Myers), and Environmental Change and Human Security in the Arctic, co-edited with Gunhild Hoogensen and Andrew Tanentzap (Earthscan Press, 2014). In 2003, Bazely received the Faculty of Science and Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2013, she was the recipient of the York University President’s University-Wide Teaching Award (UWTA) in the full-time faculty category. Dawn was singled out by the Globe and Mail as York University’s “Hotshot Professor” in their 2014 Universities Report. From 2006-11, Dawn led the Canadian section of the International Polar Year project, GAPS: Gas, Arctic Peoples and Security. She spent 2011-12 on sabbatical as a Bullard Fellow at Harvard Forest, Harvard University, and as Visiting Researcher in the Biodiversity Institute, Oxford University. Dawn is an active advocate for excellence in Science Communication and Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She frequently gives guest lectures in courses across York University and at other universities, as well as public talks on her research, and about general science. In 2016, Dawn was the resident botanist aboard 3 Adventure Canada Ecotourism Expedition Cruises in the St. Lawrence and the High Arctic.

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Lynda Calvert

Lynda Calvert is a journalist with extensive international experience, including more than 15 years with CBC News, the last 10 of them as a national reporter for CBC TV and radio. Lynda has filed science stories for both radio and TV on topics ranging from the quality of hair and fiber forensic science, to the science behind the invention of a catalytic converter for small engines like lawn mowers, to explaining the importance of the discovery of the Higgs boson particle, for shows such as CBC Radio’s "Quirks and Quarks" and CBC Television’s "The National". Over the course of her career Lynda has interviewed hundreds of scientists and academics and helped turn their complicated work into reporting for wide audiences with little or no scientific backgrounds. Lynda also holds a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, where she specialized in cybersecurity and internet governance and has written a number of academic papers on these topics. Currently Lynda is teaching in the journalism program at both Ryerson University and Seneca. Among her publications is "Reboot: Canada and Internet Governance Policy", a policy research paper prepared for the Canadian Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

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Burke Cullen

Burke Cullen is a full-time professor at Seneca. He has been teaching university and college science and technical communication courses for over twenty-five years. He has extensive experience in course design and pedagogy, and was the first to develop a degree-level elective (LSO) for Seneca’s first bachelor degree. Over his long tenure at Seneca, he has authored six different communication courses in four separate science and technology disciplines, including Software Development, Informatics and Security, Bioinformatics, Clinical Research. He holds a BA (Hons) from Carleton, an MA from UBC, and a PhD from UofT. Burke is the Co-ordinator of the program.

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Hannah Hoag

Hannah Hoag is an independent journalist and editor with more than ten years experience covering science, medicine and the environment. Her stories have been widely published in national and international media including The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, CBC, Nature and Wired. She has helped launch several digital publications including Arctic Deeply and is a contributor to The Science Writers’ Handbook. She holds an MSc in Biology from McGill University and an MSc in Science and Medical Journalism from Boston University.

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Margaret Mroziewicz

Margaret Mroziewicz is a professional science communicator with experience in writing and strategic communications. After receiving a BSc and MSc in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Toronto, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication from Laurentian University. She has worked for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and Women’s College Hospital, and she is currently the Communications Manager for the Faculty of Science at York University. Her favorite part of working in science communications is having the opportunity to work with fascinating scientists every day and helping them share their research stories with the world.

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Janet Thomson

Janet Thomson has toured the rocket factories of Russia, the rain forests of Borneo, and the wheat fields of Canada to bring Canadians stories about how science affects everyday life. She comes from a TV documentary tradition and has also spent several years writing and producing multimedia stories online. Climate change, nuclear and chemical weapons, agricultural pesticides, health, neuroscience, even garbage – all centre on complicated science that needs to be read, understood and communicated clearly to people. Janet has travelled to Moscow with Commander Chris Hadfield and CBC’s Bob McDonald to produce documentaries on Russia's space program. She was also one of the first Canadian journalists to raise the profile of the likely effects of neuro-toxic pesticides on honey bees in "What's Killing Canadian Honey Bees" and several follow up stories. She won best Science and Tech documentary at Hot Docs for her documentary, "The Wonder of Garbage". Janet has recently been nominated for an RTDNA award and a Digital Publishing award for her documentary about a young man’s sudden stroke and the surgery that followed, titled "Saving Sid".

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