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Class of 2017

  2017 class 

Meet our current students, the Sui-SciComm Squad!


Grace Bannerman

 I was born and raised in Niagara on the Lake, then went to Toronto to recover. I left the University of Toronto with fond memories and a double major in Neuroscience and Literary and Critical Theory (which, it turns out, means a BSc). I believe that combining skills from a wide range of disciplines is the most productive way to address social challenges; acknowledging the complexity and context of these challenges is the beginning, not the end, of working through them. I hope to use the skills I gain from Science Communication to make science accessible and interesting to diverse audiences, particularly in the realms of public and mental health. In work and leisure, I have been a tour guide, Quidditch player, poetry editor, varsity wrestler, and line coach. I love reading, traveling, listening to music and podcasts, and spending too much time on the Internet.


Celia Baratier

 Originally from France, I graduated from Biochemistry at Grenoble University, and earned an MSc in Environmental Health at both Grenoble and Barcelona University. Interested in human health, I wrote my master thesis about the Human Risk Assessment of Chlorinated Hydrocarbons (DNAPLs) in Contaminated Groundwaters. I then worked in primary school as a scientific animator and I loved playing with science with the kids! Thanks to this experience, I decided to study Science Communication in Grenoble. Hungry for adventure, I came to Sudbury to study Science Communication from another point of view!


Gillian Bond

 I completed a BSc with a double major in Earth Science and Marine Biology (2014) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. Following my degree, I was a part of a L'Arche Community in the UK and worked with people with disabilities. I am excited for the opportunity to go deeper into the field of Science Communication and be a part of the program at Laurentian. I love being outside, observing and learning more about the world we live in and call home. My passion for nature began when I was a child, always examining what was before me and asking questions to understand the beauty we so often take for granted. My passion for nature compels me to seek opportunities to engage with others around topics of nature, its importance as well as what we can do to conserve and steward what we are so privileged to have.


Benjamin Crettenand

 Until now, everything happened in Grenoble, France for me. I was born and raised there, and studied General Science and Communication before a career in teaching. This is also where I started to study Science Communication, with a passion for science museums. After a year, I had a choice: to stay in Grenoble and complete the program in the city I spent all of my life, or to continue the program in Sudbury. I chose to meet new people and discover a beautiful country...and here I am!


Hiba Farran

 I graduated from the American University of Beirut in 2006, with a bachelor in Graphic Design. Since then I have been working on a number of published books and print media that deal with literary as well as scientific content. My work involves research and content development, as well as illustration and layout design. I have also been applying my artistic skills in the field of children's literature. Over the years my interest grew in communicating science through the visual arts, which is why I'm currently further investigating the practice of science communication, through the Science Communication Program at Laurentian University.


Kayla Jones

 Hi! My name is Kayla Jones. Before applying to the SCOM program I studied English and Biology at the University of Guelph, where I was also a member of the GPS, or Guelph Pagan Society. My animal spirit guardian is the blue jay - a symbol of the jack-of-all-trades and the mischief-maker. Outside of my studies I enjoy writing, knitting, playing trombone, and attempting various forms of visual art. I'm also a great lover of puns and other word games.


Simone Larin

 I was born and raised in the small town of Newington near Cornwall, Ontario. I recently completed my BSc in Neuroscience at Brock University, during which I focused on neuropsychology. It was during this time that I developed a passion for helping others gain a deeper understanding of their own bodies and capacities. The Science Communication program will give me the skills to better translate technical knowledge into understandable material, and I look forward to it!


Mackenzie Lougheed

 Mackenzie Lougheed here! I am new to the Science Communication world, only recently stumbling upon Science Communication as a way to combine my passion for science with my love of communicating (also known as talking). Basketball seems to runs in my family, which led me to compete for the University of Waterloo Warriors while completing my undergraduate degree in Biology with a French Studies minor. After graduation, I spent a year working for a dental pharmaceutical company in Southern Ontario. This program has been a welcomed change of pace that has opened my eyes to a world of science I never knew existed. My last name, Lougheed, isn't that special in my hometown of Owen Sound, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I have a whole hospital tower named after me here in Sudbury! This school year, I have also returned to the basketball court as an assistant coach for the Laurentian women's basketball team.


Jacob Porter

 I grew up in North Bay, close enough to Sudbury to regularly visit Science North, which helped inspire my interest in science. After a few detours (including a brief career as a helicopter pilot), I returned to Sudbury to continue pursuing science. After four years of classes, labs, and researching wetland plant roots; I graduated from Laurentian's Biology program with minors in Biochemistry and Psychology. I want to work on sharing my passion for science with others. The Science Communication program, run by Science North and Laurentian, the two institutions that helped me grow my own love for science, was a natural fit. Aside from science, I also enjoy strong coffee, weird beers, and cross country skiing.


Kyler Roy

 Born and raised in Sudbury, I developed a passion for science while attending a Science North summer camp as a child. With my love for science, I ventured south to the University of Western Ontario to pursue my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Biochemistry. During my graduate training, I became a biology teaching assistant and sparked a passion for teaching. It is this passion that has driven me back home to pursue the Science Communication Program. Aside from science, I am an avid BBQ enthusiast and my hobbies include soccer, football, hiking and camping.


Jenna Saffin

 I hail from the west coast of Canada, and fostered sense of curiosity about the world at a young age with the ocean as my front yard and the forest as my back. In addition to science, I love exploring new places through travel, volleyball, reading, and playing outside. My interdisciplinary interests led me to Quest University Canada, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts and Science focusing on the question, "What is the role of empathy in medicine?". Following that, I worked as a university admissions counsellor for two years, honing a different type of communication skills. I am excited to be part of the Science Communication program, and I especially look forward to developing skills to make science accessible and interesting to different populations.


Jasman Sahota

 I was raised in Guelph and completed a BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Guelph. Following my graduation, I was looking for unique opportunities to pursue in science writing rather than working in a traditional lab setting, and here I am! I'm excited to pursue Science Communication to combine my love of writing and media with my educational background in science. Outside the classroom, I love reading, playing the flute and piano, traveling and photography.


Amanda Saoud

 My name is Amanda Joy Saoud and I'm from Halifax, Nova Scotia where I was born and raised. I graduated from Dalhousie University with a BSc in Biology and from there I started working on mental health research. I specifically looked at the role that leisure activities have on adolescents with anxiety and depression. My favourite place to visit is Lebanon because my whole family lives there. I love hot yoga, watching spy movies, playing the piano and eating copious amounts of carbs.


David Yun

 I was born and raised in Kincardine, the nuclear energy and bagpipe capital of Ontario. I am a graduate of McMaster's Integrated Science program and I'm excited to try my hand at Science Communication. I love to teach any subject, regardless of whether or not I know much about it. I spent the past year teaching adults how to write the GMAT and kids how to identify whales in the Bay of Fundy. I self-identify as an unathletic jock and I am training to run a half marathon and eat half a pizza. In my spare time, I enjoy trivia, comedy writing, dancing, Toronto-based sports teams, and making lists.

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