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Science communication is very diverse and requires a variety of expertise and knowledge. As such we have a diverse faculty to provide you with a good background in the field.


Dr. Dave PearsonDr. David Pearson
Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University
Science Director, Science North
Co-Director, Science Communication Program  

David Pearson was on leave from Laurentian as Project Director for Science North from 1980 to 1986 and has returned as of September 2007 as Science Director. He has hosted two television series: "Understanding the Earth" for TV Ontario, and "Down to Earth" for Mid-Canada Television, as well as a weekly radio spot, "Radio Lab", on CBC Northern Ontario Radio. He is an invited member of the Osprey Writers Group. He received the Ward Neale Medal from the Geological Association of Canada for promotion of the Earth Sciences in Canada in 2001 and the McNeil medal for science communication from the Royal Society of Canada in 2003.

Contact: dpearson@laurentian.ca


Dr.Chantal Barriault Chantal Barriault
Co-Director, Science Communication Program

Starting out on the exhibit floors at Science North, Chantal spent most of her early career engaging visitors with exhibits and programs.  Throughout her 25 year career at Science North she led many science communication projects including teacher training, education programmes, live theatre science shows and exhibit development. In recent years, Chantal led visitor studies and learning impact research for Science North, its programs and its travelling exhibits.  Her research interests focus on understanding and evaluating the impact of science communication initiatives through the application of learning theories and cognitive science.  She joined the faculty team at Laurentian University in 2013 and recently completed her PhD in Science Education at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. 

Contact:cbarriault@laurentian.ca


Ratvinder GrewalDr. Ratvinder Grewal
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Laurentian University  

Ratvinder Grewal received the B.Sc. honours degree in computer science/software engineering from the University of Birmingham, England, in 1994, the M.Sc. degree in software engineering from the University of Aston, England, in 1995, and the Ph.D. degree in human-computer interaction, University of Wolverhampton, England, in 2001.  He is an Associate Professor at Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, where he teaches courses in ERP systems, Web programming, human-computer interaction, and science communication. In 2007 he formed the Human-computer Interaction Research Group consisting of faculty and students from various disciplines. His research work involves the study of human performance with user interfaces, and technology adoption in e-business environments. He utilizes the quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) to measure how much cognitive load users expend during interface usage. His research has been widely published in journals and conference proceedings.

Contact: rgrewal@cs.laurentian.ca


Dr. Philippa SpoelDr. Philippa Spoel
Associate Professor, Department of English, Laurentian University 

Philippa Spoel teaches and researches professional and science communication from the perspective of rhetorical studies and social studies of science. Currently, she is involved in inter-disciplinary projects on health communication, environmental communication, and risk communication. She is especially interested in how experts and members of the public communicate with each other and in how citizens can engage meaningfully in science policy.

Contact: pspoel@laurentian.ca 


Jennifer PinkJennifer Pink

Jennifer has been with Science North since 1984, and has held positions of increasing responsibility within the science program. In 2002 Jennifer led a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute to create Science North's first travelling exhibition, paving the way for a now thriving business venture. She has developed visitor experiences in the Human Performance Lab, the Special Exhibits Hall, and the Northern Ecosystems Gallery and led the overall operations of the Science Centre as Director of Program Operations. In 2009 Jennifer was promoted to the position of Science Director and spearheads all strategic direction and operations for both the science centre and Dynamic Earth.

Contact: pink@sciencenorth.ca









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