Oct 21, 2016: This is in progress:
About this blog
Please think of FrogHeart.ca as an adventure or a series of field trips to science’s cutting edge. The focus for these trips is nanotechnology along with other emerging technologies (robotics, human enhancement, etc.) and, to a lesser degree, Canadian science.
This is a curated blog, which started in 2008 making it one of the longest running in Canada.. (If you’re unfamiliar with the term curated, it means I pick and choose which pieces are published here.) Every day, I comb through 350 – 400 headlines looking for materials to be featured.. These days, I usually publish three pieces per day, 5 days per week.
By design, there are times when it’s an easy reading experience and, others, when it’s a challenge. Different audiences want different experiences.
Over the years I’ve developed a few areas of special interest:
- human enhancement or what I also sometimes call machine/flesh
- memristors (nanoscale devices that mimic neural plasticity)
- artificial intelligence and neuromorphic engineering
- biomimcry (also known as biomimetics or bioinspiration)
- data sonification
I do my best to get the information right, so you can feel free to contact me, when it needs to be corrected.
There is one exception, if the incorrect information is contained in a news release; I need to hear from the issuing agency.
Reading this blog
FrogHeart has evolved over the years, I started it as a purely exploratory effort and now, it’s also a kind of archive containing materials on Canadian nanotechnology and some of the specialty areas mentioned previously. Because nanotechnology or nanoscience research is a global effort, I try to reflect that by including as many countries’ efforts as possible in my posts.
I advise reading the interstitial text and checking the end of the post if you’re looking for my comments. (I don’t always make them.)
Corrections are noted with as asterisk (*). If it’s a chunk of text being corrected, you’ll find an asterisk at the beginning and end of the corrected materials.
If material is being added, that’s noted with ETA (edited to add) and is usually found at the end but if it’s in the midst of the text, asterisks are used to signify the beginning and end of the new material.
Square brackets  in material that has been excerpted from elsewhere are used to signify an addition I’ve made for the purposes of clarification. This blog is read by people from all over the world and with varied life experiences. For example, U of T is not universally known as the University of Toronto or, for another example, the EPA is not universally recognized as the US Environmental Protection Agency.
I am a writer and poet; my name is Maryse de la Giroday. I love writing and am fascinated by science, especially the science associated with emerging technologies. That’s probably one of the reasons, this blog is the largest, independent, science blog in Canada.
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). I provide everything from writing services to marketing communications project management to consultation services.
Since publishing this blog I’ve given talks at local and international conferences such as …
I’ve also branched out into poetry working with Raewyn Turner, a visual artist based in New Zealand, on her gold nanoparticle project: Our first joint piece, Steep (1): a digital poetry of gold nanoparticles can be found at Steep.nz. The project also has a science advisor, Dr. Mark Wiesner at Duke University in North Carolina, US.
- 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, joining the Steep collaboration, and/or work at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also follow my tweets at http://twitter.com/frogheart