Work tips from the Talk Science to Me Team

5750960959_529a1a70b4_mThe Talk Science to Me team is a dedicated collection of science communications professionals. Unfortunately, we rarely see each other, since most of us work remotely. Our weekly internal newsletter has become a great way to stay in touch, and we often share tips for staying productive and getting the most out of a workday.

So, supplementing our recent post on resolutions for writers, here are some of the team’s recommendations for getting it done (whatever it is).


Warming up to work Deb starts the day by checking her schedule on her smart phone while running up 1,000 stairs, stopping to stretch after every 100. Roma prefers the slightly more sedentary approach of looking over her diary while drinking a cup of strong coffee.

Not sure if this works, but Amanda suggests watching the strangely hypnotic Dancing Jellies video to get into work mode at the beginning of the day.

Cool science memories from the team

Enough about you—what about us?

It would be correct to say that here at Talk Science to Me, we pretty much eat, sleep and breathe science. In fact, that’s how our mastermind, Eve Rickert, explained her journey into #scicomm for a class of health science writers at Kwantlen Polytechnic University we were invited to speak to earlier this month. From tales of the pistol-packing shrimp that stuns its prey with sound waves, to the excitement of bacteriophages that bring the dead back to life, Eve brought a fresh sense of marvel and storytelling about the world of science writing to inspire the students.

But what about the rest of the team? What particular moments hooked them into reporting, editing and designing science materials? Read on to find out more…


Q:  What was your earliest memory of science happening?

Amy Haagsma - TSTMAmy: My earliest science-related memory is looking for planets and constellations as a budding young astronomer. My dad had a computer program that indicated what you should be able to see from your location and where to look. Fast

Hello, Amanda!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the best things about growing as a company is that we get to offer our associates opportunities for growth, too. Our science writer, Amanda Maxwell, has been a Talk Science to Me associate since June 2013, and now we’re pleased to announce that she’s moving into a formal part-time position with us.

Amanda’s career began as a veterinary surgeon in practice, followed by a PhD where she researched monitoring nutritional status in cats and dogs. During her post-doc, she worked on osteoporosis, examining bone response to strain. Although she thrived on the bench work and experimental design, her favourite part of research life was translating and communicating her findings to a broader audience.

For the past couple of years, Amanda has been exploring her passion for communicating research by developing an expertise in writing and communications. She recently completed a digital communications certificate from Simon Fraser University, and she’s also finishing up a post-degree diploma in professional communication from Douglas College. Amanda is also very involved in the arts, as a mixed media artist and as social media support for local arts nonprofits. We’re lucky

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

2014 in review: Our biggest year yet

It’s been a huge year for Talk Science to Me. I haven’t posted much this year, because I’ve been so caught up in the day-to-day of running the company, as well as some huge projects we’ve been working on.  Looking back over my calendar, I discovered I’ve spent 20 of the last 52 weeks on the road. Luckily, we have some amazing team members holding things down on the home front—and we’re growing next year! 2014 has gone by in a whirlwind, but here’s a quick recap of some of the highlights.


It was November 2011 when I rebranded my freelance editorial business, Frog Hollow Wordworks, as Talk Science to Me, with a new mission of providing full-service publication support to clients in the sciences. I’m proud to say that our revenue has doubled every year since then–and the size of our team has kept pace. This year we added three new people: Roma Ilnyckyj as our full-time associate editor, and Jeff Werner and Mari Chijiiwa as publication designers. We also said farewell in the fall to Krista Smith, our editorial assistant, who has moved on to full-time library work.

Because many