Client showcase: Shelly DeForte, biomathematician

640px-1a5r_sumo-1_proteinAs a full-service science communications agency staffed with editors, designers, writers and more, Talk Science to Me takes great pride in supporting all our clients by presenting their science in effective and engaging ways. Although most of our portfolio comprises larger organizations and institutions, we also work with individual authors and researchers to manage their writing and publishing needs.

One of our academic authors is biomathematician Shelly DeForte, who recently took up a post-doctoral position in bioinformatics at the University of Montreal. She describes her position as fully involved in supporting the research projects of a biochemistry lab by “writing custom code to do custom analysis” on the data.

Shelly’s work focuses on artificial intelligence, machine learning and in

Client showcase: Thorntree Press

At Talk Science to Me, we’re passionate about science. In fact, some of our favourite topics are things like proteomics, biobanking and landmine-detecting rats. But would it surprise you to learn that Talk Science to Me is about much more than just science?

ttp-avatarAMOne of our major clients, Thorntree Press, is an independent publisher based in Portland, Oregon. Thorntree Press specializes in books about relationships, in particular non-traditional relationship models. Eve Rickert, Talk Science to Me founder and mastermind, is also a co-owner of Thorntree Press, along with her partner Franklin Veaux.

Last year, Eve and Franklin co-authored Thorntree Press’s debut release, More Than Two: A practical guide to ethical polyamory, which has already sold more than 10,000 copies. (It’s also just come out on audiobook!) This was followed by The Husband Swap: A true story of unconventional love and its e-book companion guide, Lessons in Love and Life to My Younger Self, both by Louisa Leontiades. Coming soon are The Game Changer: A memoir of disruptive love, also by Franklin, and Stories from the Polycule: Real life in polyamorous families, an anthology compiled

Understanding water use in BC

I recently found out that over 95% of the electricity produced by BC Hydro comes from hydroelectric sources, which floored me. I grew up in Alberta, where the majority of power comes from coal and natural gas, so my concept of electricity sources doesn’t include water, except for as a possible “alternative” energy source. But there’s nothing alternative about 95%. And after thinking “Wow! That’s amazing!” I started asking questions: How much water do we even have? What about drinking water? What about the fish?

Aerial picture of BC's Revelstoke Dam. (C) Kelownian Pilot 2007 (CC-BY-SA-3.0.)Those are big questions, and really important ones. We’ve used dams for over 100 years in BC, so it’s critical for us to examine their impact on our ecosystem. BC Hydro predicts that demand for electricity in BC will grow by 40% over the next 20 years, so our reliance on hydroelectricity and the future of water use in BC is a major issue.

One way that BC Hydro is answering those questions is by engaging in water use planning. A water use plan sets specific and

Welcome, Amy!

We’re really excited to start 2015 with the announcement that our team is growing! Amy Haagsma has joined us as our new editorial assistant.

Amy Haagsma - TSTM Amy has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and a Diploma of Technology in Civil Engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). For the past four years, she’s worked as a corporate marketing coordinator for McElhanney Consulting Services. There, she explored her love of writing and editing, which led her to pursue a new career as a freelance editor. She has just completed the Certificate in Editing at Simon Fraser University and is also working on the Certificate in Business Communication and Professional Writing.

During her studies at BCIT, Amy received an achievement award from the Society for Canadian Women In Science and Technology and was a founding member of the Women in Engineering student group. This commitment to strengthening the presence of women in science is one of the many reasons we’re excited to have Amy on our team.

Amy is an active member of the BC branch of the Editors’ Association of Canada

Client showcase: Rising to the challenges facing Canada’s police

As per its byline, the Council of Canadian Academies offers “science advice in the public interest.” The council operates independently and not-for-profit, offering expert and multidisciplinary panel assessments—and a 16-member scientific advisory committee—to “inform public policy development in Canada.” The council’s work, by its own description, encompasses a broad definition of “science” and thus incorporates the natural, social, and health sciences, as well as engineering and the humanities.The RCMP is one of many policing organizations across Canada that will benefit from the Council's report. © Robert Thivierge, 2008 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Talk Science to Me has had the pleasure of working on multiple projects for the Council of Academies for quite some time now. A bit over a year ago, I myself was privileged to meet some of the folks at their offices in Ottawa. I have since edited several remarkable reports epitomizing the council’s overarching goal to “identify emerging issues, gaps in knowledge, Canadian strengths, and international trends and practices.”