25 Nov 2013 Goodbye and hello
Last time I blogged, which was back in July if you’re keeping track, it was about how busy Talk Science to Me had been over the first half of the year. Well, since then we’ve kept right on with being busy, and luckily our team has grown bigger to handle it.
But before I introduce our three new associates, I need to bid farewell to Jessie Colgan, who has been with Talk Science since fall of 2011. She’s taking an accounting program at the University of Toronto and beginning a co-op work term with Ernst & Young, and she’s been gradually phasing out her work with us. Her reliability and professionalism will be sadly missed by our clients and by us; we wish her all the best for the future.
Our newest team members, Roma Ilnyckyj, Krista Smith and Amanda Maxwell, all joined during the summer to provide editing, research and copywriting support to the Talk Science team and our clients.
Roma joined us as an editorial assistant, bringing her keen sense of language (she has a bachelor’s in English and Chinese) and an obsession for detail, precision and consistency. Since starting in June, Roma has applied her critical copy-editing and proofreading skills to projects for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, including this recent report, Industrial Policy for a Green Economy. She’s also been overseeing wholesale fulfilment for Tantra Illuminated, a title we manage on behalf of our client Mattamayura Press.
Krista joins us from the world of libraries and library science. Since joining in September, she’s been using her knack for sniffing out the details by fact-checking and proofreading for space2place, a Vancouver design firm that we’ve worked with on a number of projects. She’s provided fact-checking for their Queen Elizabeth Park project in Edmonton, Alberta, and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in New Westminster, BC. She’s also researching water regulations in Quebec as part of a project we’re doing for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and she developed our internal document naming and version control systems. She’s also studying indexing through UC Berkley and already has a couple of Talk Science indexing projects lined up.
Amanda joined Talk Science in June fresh from an SFU Digital Communications certificate. She’s been putting her content creation skills to use, reviewing journal papers for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Accelerating Science blog series as well as other web content projects with our client Go Communications. You may also have spotted her contributions here on the Talk Science blog recently: Insect Cogs and Confronting Sexism. Amanda and I will be attending the Science Online 2014 conference next spring, which Talk Science will be sponsoring,