About and Contact

I am a science communications consultant and writer; my name is Maryse de la Giroday. Amongst other accomplishments, this blog is one of the largest independent science blogs in Canada.

Website traffic (AW stats):

December 2013: 131,422 visits, 32,739 unique vistors

1994 was the year I became self-employed calling my business  FrogHeart Communications. Local, national and international clients  have included:  Océ NV, Telgate Systems, Nortel Networks, Redback Systems, Forintek, Gretag AG, Inetco Systems, and Creo Products (which later became part of Kodak). My services range from strategic communications planning to implementing social media strategies to writing technical copy.

Education:

  • MA 2008 from the Creative Writing (fiction and nonfiction) and New Media programme at De Montfort University, Leicester UK.
  • BA (1992) from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada.
  • Public Relations Certificate (1988) from Kwantlen College, Richmond, Canada.

You can contact me regarding nanotechnology, science policy, and/or work at: [email protected]

You can also follow my tweets at http://twitter.com/frogheart

26 thoughts on “About and Contact

  1. David Cramb

    Hi Darren,

    I’m trying to track down someone from the Cascadia Nanotech Symposium. Do you have the program still available somewhere? If so could you send me a copy?

    Other than that, how are things?

    Dave

  2. admin

    Hi David!
    Glad to see you on my blog but I’m not Darren. As it turns out I’m meeting with the former chair of Nanotech BC (Victor Jones) today and I’ll ask him about how to get in touch with Darren or someone else who can help you with regard to acquiring a copy of the 2007 Nanotech Cascadia program.

  3. admin

    Hi Dexter, Thank you and you got there first…I’ve been planning to add your blog for a while…now I’ll have to do something :)….

  4. Megan Gundrum

    DAAP – Stands for University of Cincinnati’s Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning Program

  5. Doug Setter

    Maryse,

    Tres Bon Blog and congrats on your MA from De Montfort University.

    Any ideas where my friend’s daughter can get some work experience. She wants to work in the animation industry.

    We will have to catch up. Maybe Rhizomes.

    Sincerely,

    Doug

  6. admin

    Hi Doug! Thank you for dropping by and the kind words about the blog. I will give some thought as to where your friend’s daughter might find an opportunity for some work experience that’s related or even partially related to the field animation. I’ll be in touch via email soon. Cheers, Maryse

  7. admin

    Hi Catherine! Thanks so much for dropping by and giving me a heads up re: the ArboraNano projects. I will follow up for more details in the near future. Cheers, Maryse

  8. admin

    Hi Carolina! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. It was a pleasure discovering UNAWE. Cheers, Maryse

  9. admin

    Hi Marc! Thanks for dropping by and leaving the url for your blog. I see you’ve been posting for a few months now; it’s a little late to say welcome but I will anyway. I’m very glad to see another Canadian science blogger to add to my informal list. I will add you to my blogroll soon (I have a couple more deadlines to meet before I start tidying here). Cheers, Maryse

  10. Bertrand Marotte

    Hello Maryse
    I am a reporter with The Globe and Mail (Montreal bureau).
    Could you contact me please?
    It’s for some research I am doing in the area of nanocrystalline cellulose.
    My direct line: (514) 982-3066.
    Many thanks.

  11. Graham Cliff

    You gave reported concerns WRT nanoparticles and nanotechnology. Have you read Nanoparticles and Public Health?
    Microscopy Today, Cambridge University Press, May 2011, page 72
    http://content.yudu.com/A1rup1/MTO19Issue3/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.microscopy-today.com%2Fjsp%2Fprint_archive%2Fprint_archive.jsf
    Clearly with Nanotechnology we are FAILING to learn early lessons from early warnings that we have experienced with smoking and with asbestos? Graham Cliff, University of Manchester, England.

  12. David

    Nanotechnology Workshop

    ” Nanotechnology: Exploring Practical Solutions in Agriculture, Food and Biological Systems ”

    Date: July 15th, 2012

    Time: 1:00 Pm to 4:00 pm

    Venue: Lakehead University – Orillia Campus
    500 University Avenue, Orillia
    Ontario, Canada

    Event: Canadian Society for Bioengineering

    Presenter: Dr. Suresh Neethirajan, University of Guelph

    Web Link: http://www.tinyurl.com/cth5eo9

    Who Should Attend: Professionals from the industry, academia and government who are interested in nanotechnology and its applications in the agriculture, food and biological systems.

    Workshop Description: The aims of this workshop are to:
    • Create awareness about the development and advancement of nanotechnology in the agricultural and food industry;
    • Focus on key areas where nanoscience and nanotechnology can impact agricultural production systems, food and biological industries;
    • Identify and address potential barriers for adoption of nanotechnology solutions in the agri-food industries.

    Suresh Neethirajan is an Assistant Professor of Bionanotechnology at the School of Engineering, University of Guelph. He is also a board member of the Grand River Chapter of the Professional Engineers Ontario. Information on bionanotechnology research at the University of Guelph can be found at http://www.bionanolab.ca.

  13. admin

    Hi David! Thanks for the heads up re: Suresh Neethirajan and the conference. Will post it later today. Cheers, Maryse

  14. admin

    Hi Graham! Thank you for the link and I’m sorry it’s taken so long to reply. I’ve just now (June 15, 2012 9:41 am PDT) tried the link and found an interface that I will have to spend some time learning as it’s dissimilar to the ‘flipbook’ interfaces with which I’m more familiar. In any event, I will read the article, if not today, soon and hopefully continue this convo. Best regards, Maryse

  15. Ms.Rayna Sultana

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    “Greetings from SHELTER”

    SHELTER is a grassroots level government registered NGO working from 2000 in Bangladesh and works in different fields like as: Research, Consultant, Human Right, Gender, Woman impairments, Agricultures, Water & Sanitation, Health, Non formal & adult Education, VGD, IGA, Baseline Survey, Social works from different development sectors, under-funded and partnership with UNICEF, IOM, GIZ, JICA, WFP , Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Dhaka , Government of Bangladesh, ITF UK, EVERGREEN UK, HOPE’87, ATSEC Bangladesh and Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) 2 programs under Department of Women Affairs (DWA)GOB, World Food Program (wfp) and Trust Fund GOB.

    SHELTER’s major focus is Environmental and Climate Change programs. Start working with ITF UK and SHELTER Nursery. SHELTER provides Tree and Plantation to the School, Mosque and Madrasa, Garboards, Shosanghat and poor people for donation and Road and Riverbank under partnership from GOB. SHELTER also provided NEEM (Medicine) TREES all 77 Union perished, 6 Pouroshova and 8 Upozilla complexes with DC Hobigonj District under GOB. Also provide environment health & education. SHELTER started an ORGANIC AGRO project as organic poultry, fishery, duckers, vegetable, agro forestry and cow firm project under SHELTER HOBIONJ PROJECT.SHELTERS now start a project of Green Initiative for Climate Restoration in Habigonj District under Theme -T5: Mitigation and low carbon development. Program: P7- A forestation and reforestation program funded by Trust Fund GOB.

    We’ve also work for HIV/AIDS & Women and Child trafficking programs under IOM & technical support from ATSEC Bangladesh. SHELTERS have good experiences of Trafficking programs under PPVHT-B Project with IOM partnership. SHELTER have own Nursery and product wood, medicine, fruits, flower and other species plants. 3 luck 20 thousand product capacities Nursery Project from 2007 and continue under Hobigonj projects. SHELTER also have own Training Center established in 2008. It’s providing skills development training IGA, ICT, sewing, poultries, fishery and other livelihood, small business and income generating training.

    SHELTER Networking Member of “CDM Watch Network” !NGO Forum Environment & Development, “SANDEE” The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics, “GEF-NGO” Global Environment Facility, “BiD Network” statement at Netherlands Parliamentary Hearing Committee on development policy, “Susana Forum”, “PADOR” Potential Applicants Data Online Registration, SKF (U.K.), “GWA” Gender and Water Alliance, “Teach A Man To Fish” ,“ATSEC” Action against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children , “FNB” Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh, “BAPA” Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon.

    We need projects support for develop our organization performances work under your cooperation and supervision in grassroots level in our country .SHELTER welcome your behalf organization partnership work any slum of the human area in Bangladesh.

    I welcome you visit our organization and working area from your convenient time. SHELTER will arrange everything during your visit. Please see SHELTER documents in attest file. If you need any more information about us please write us any time. Your cooperation will be highly appraised this regard.

    Best Regard,

    Ms.Rayna Sultana
    Executive Director
    SHELTER
    Cell. + 8801945822843
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    http://www.shelterngo.org
    Offices: House No.D-3, 5th Floor, Road No.5,
    Nektion, Gulshan 1, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh.
     Save a tree. Don’t print this e-mail unless it’s really necessary!
    Reg. Partner Support for NGO works.

  16. Prashant Chauhan

    I have finished my PhD and looking for Post Doctoral position in nanocellulose related field.

  17. Maryse de la Giroday Post author

    Dear Prashant Chauhan, It took a little effort on my part to find two of your published (or about to be published) papers on nanocellulose

    A Nanocellulose-Dye Conjugate for Multi-Format Optical pH-Sensing
    Tommaso Carofiglio, Prashant Chauhan, Caroline Nedima Hadad, Ana Herreros López, Simone Silvestrini, Valeria La Parola, Enrico Frison, Michele Maggini and Maurizio Prato
    Journal Article
    Chem. Commun., 2014, Accepted Manuscript
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CC02983F, Communication

    Nanocrystalline cellulose–porphyrin hybrids: synthesis, supramolecular properties, and singlet-oxygen production
    Prashant Chauhan, Caroline Hadad, Andrea Sartorelli, Marco Zarattini, Ana Herreros-López, Miriam Mba, Michele Maggini, Maurizio Prato and Tommaso Carofiglio
    Journal Article
    Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 8525-8527
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CC44852E, Communication

    As well, I found that you likely finished your PhD at
    Università di Padova, Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, V. Marzolo 1, 35131 Padova, Italy.

    I wish you all the best in your search.

    Cheers,
    Maryse

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