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Alumni : Class of 2010


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Holly BakerHolly Baker
B.Sc. Hons. Physics and Math (Memorial University 2009)


Holly graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics and Math. Her research interest was in Materials Physics and she became interested in science communication through presenting at regional and national conferences. Throughout her undergraduate, she was involved with science outreach with Women in Science and Engineering, the Physics and Physical Oceanography Society, Let's Talk Science, and Memorial University. Her involvement with Girl Guides of Canada brought her to Pune, India for 3 months to volunteer with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. She is the summer coordinator for the Women in Science and Engineering Student Summer Employment Program, which provides grade 11 girls with summer jobs in research labs.



James Baxter-GilbertJames Baxter-Gilbert
B.Sc. Biology (Laurentian University 2009)


My name is James Baxter-Gilbert. I was raised in the small town of Sunderland, on a small hobby farm just south of town. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at Laurentian University and have lived in Sudbury for the last six years. I began to have an interest in science communication after spending two summers working for Sciensational Sssnakes!!, where the bulk of my duties involved talking to people about Canadian reptiles. The subject of snakes is one most people have an instant apprehension towards, and I took the challenge of helping people get over their fears, and learn to really appreciate these creatures, with great gusto. I would like to continue with herpetological science communication in the future, as well as remaining a part of field research in some way. I hope to one day take part in eco-tourism in Africa, maybe work in game preserves as a guide or researcher. In summation, I love reptiles... and you should too. Cheers.



Sarah BouchardSarah Bouchard
B.Ed. (Nipissing University 2009), B.Sc. Liberal Science (Laurentian University 2008)


Sarah has a Liberal Science degree from Laurentian University, where she focused her studies in chemistry and biology. She then moved to North Bay for a year and received her Bachelor of Education in the Intermediate/Senior division, teaching Chemistry and Biology. She has decided to come back to Sudbury and study Science Communication to learn how to get students more engaged in science. She is also interested in developing school programs in a more informal learning setting.



Myles CarterMyles Carter
B.Sc. Hons. Psychology/ Biology (Cape Breton University 2009)


Myles grew up in North Sydney, Nova Scotia. He studied at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus of MUN and later finished his majors at Cape Breton University in May 2009. Here he focused on the effects of societal threat on public demand for aggressive popular culture. He spent the summer of 2008 chasing Black Bears through the dense temperate rainforests of Vancouver Island with the Parks Canada Agency. In 2009 he was reenlisted to work at Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta chasing pine trees through the sparse sub alpine regions. He enjoys the field of science writing and the implications of new media on the way in which the public gains scientific knowledge.



Iara Dos SantosIara Dos Santos
B.Sc. Physics (University of Paris 2006)


Iara is a visiting student and is currently working on a Masters degree in Science Communication from University Stendhal in Grenoble, France. She has completed internships at "La Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie" in Paris in the exhibit department, the French Space agency in Paris in the "Exploration of the Universe" department and at the Paris observatory in the communication department. Her upcoming internship will be at the French Space agency in Toulouse in the "application and development" department. Iara has also volunteered in the association "Planète Science" since 2003. Her passion is in the area of astronomy and Space and she would like to work in a communication department of a company in the same field. Working at the french space agency would be her ideal perfect job! Iara has lived seven years abroad: two years in Cyprus and five in Rome and can speak five languages.



Julie FisowichJulie Fisowich
B.A. Psychology, (University of Regina 2007)


Before moving to Sudbury to pursue the Science Communication graduate diploma Julie worked at the Saskatchewan Science Centre for two years. At the Saskatchewan Science Centre, Julie was the Exhibit Coordinator which allowed her to develop programs, create live demonstration and be involved in exhibit programs. This gave her a taste of science communication with the public and she sought new opportunities to gain experience in this field. Being from the prairies gives her a different outlook on issues of science communication. Julie hopes to return to the Saskatchewan and promote the science communication program.



Mylène LenziMylene Lenzi
B.Sc. Biology (University Joseph Fourrier 2008)


Mylène is a visiting student and is currently working on a Masters degree in Science Communication from University Stendhal in Grenoble, France. She is in the science communication program to gain international experience. Mylène would like to work in the field science communication regarding health issues in organisations or in communication agencies all over the world! To date, she has completed a two-month internship in a healthy education agency and she has worked with children in an association for science education.



Stephanie-Lynn RussellStephanie-Lynn Russell
B.A. Hons. Anthropology and Theatre Studies (University of Guelph 2008)  


Stephanie-Lynn worked as a professional actress for two years before entering the Science Communication program. She has spent many years in the company of scientists and helping on the front lines of research. Science communication was a natural progression for her combining two passions: performance and science.



Kevin McAvoyKevin McAvoy
B.Sc. Biological Science (University of Guelph 2008)


Kevin has a honors degree in Biological Science from the University of Guelph, where he majored in Zoology. During this time he studied brittle star ecology in Cuba and ash tree mortality in Ontario. He then worked in the insurance industry for a year, after learning that things cost money. Returning to academia, he moved to Sudbury to study Science Communication and develop his writing talents. His interests also include live presentations, evolutionary ecology and new media.



Jenn McCallumJenn McCallum
B.Sc. Biological Science (University of Guelph 2008)


Jenn studied Biological Science at the University of Guelph, taking courses ranging from Forest Ecology to Behaviour of Insects to French Literature and Society and Psychology. She ran for the cross-country and track and field teams during her first two years at Guelph, and then discovered rowing in her last two years, and has continued rowing in Sudbury. She took a year off before coming to Sudbury, during which time she worked as a research assistant in forest ecology, then at a chocolate and coffee shop as well as at a gym. From February to May 2009, she traveled through Australia, touring all of the East Coast, some of the Outback, and Tasmania.



Merissa ScarlettMerissa Scarlett
B.Sc. Hons. Behavioural Neuroscience (Laurentian University 2009)  


I have always liked learning about all different areas in science and this program allowed me to continue learning from many fields as well as sharpening my skills as a science communicator. I hope to have a career in which I can bring neuroscience to children and the general public.



Justin SoJustin So
M.Sc. Marine Biology (Memorial University 2009), B.Sc. Biology (Memorial University 2006)  


Justin finished a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in biology at Memorial University in Newfoundland. His graduate work focused on the biology and ecology of sea cucumbers, during which he spent three months doing genetic work in Australia. Throughout his university degrees he has been involved in science communication including designing educational science activities for Let?s Talk Science and being an interpreter at the Ocean Sciences Centre and The Rooms provincial museum. In science communications, he is particularly interested in studying the effectiveness of science outreach programs and science engagement with high school students. 


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