Faculty of Science

Annual Review 2017

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Kate Allen 1 0 YORK UNIVERSIT Y FACULT Y O F SCIENCE FACULT Y HIGHLIGHTS Global response to Science Communicator in Residence Program In 2017, the Faculty of Science launched the York Science Communicator in Residence program. After advertising a call for applications, the one-of-a- kind program in Canada received an overwhelming global response and two outstanding journalists were selected as the first two residents: Kate Allen, science and technology reporter at the Toronto Star, and Matt McGrath, environment correspondent at the BBC in the UK. "We were astonished by the caliber of the applications, which came from writers, photographers, documentary makers, scientists and more from all over the world," said Ray Jayawardhana, dean of the Faculty of Science. "The response revealed a strong global demand for opportunities that build excellence in science communication and foster links between researchers and communicators." The program aims to recognize outstanding science journalists and communicators and to promote excellence in science- related communications. The residents are immersed with researchers, students and staff at York's Faculty of Science, where they have the opportunity delve into the minds of eminent researchers and dig for rich, undiscovered science stories. Researchers at the Faculty also have a rare opportunity to learn from the residents about how to elevate their communication skills. "I'm excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to immerse myself in York's Faculty of Science. Science journalism is a precious and increasingly scarce resource, and I plan to spend my time at York deepening my expertise, broadening my contacts, and most of all hunting for the type of stories that will help the public better understand their world." Kate Allen, science and technology reporter at the Toronto Star Matt McGrath, environment correspondent at the BBC community that will last long into the future." and to build links and connections with the science a very busy time. I believe some to understand the workings of the modern media. While digital forms of communication "I love meeting scientists and hearing about their subjects being studied York means I am in for that my experience as a journalist can be of use to researchers keen at York, I'm hoping to experiment with new work, and the diverse range of at Matt McGrath

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