Youth Outreach Advisory Board

Synapse has assembled an advisory board composed of a diverse group of representatives of the public, private and non-profit sectors. The group includes members of the the research community, curriculum experts, teachers, graduate students and science writers.

Youth Outreach advisory board members provide advice and direction on plans and activities proposed by Synapse.

One of the roles for the board is to evaluate and make funding recommendations for applications for the new Synapse - CIHR/STIHR Mentorship Initiative. The Board will also judge the new Synapse Awards.

Members of the Youth Outreach Advisory board are listed below.

David Garrison

David Garrison is co-founder of the highly successful kids science magazine, YES Mag which began publication in 1996. YES Mag has won the "Eve Savory Award For Science Communication" from the Science Council of British Columbia and the "Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion" from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The magazine was a finalist for "British Columbia Magazine of the Year" in 1999 and 2003 and has been a finalist for several Distinguished Achievement Awards, including Periodical of the Year, from The Association of Educational Publishers. YES Mag has also been chosen for the "Our Choice" list by the Canadian Children's Book Centre for six years running. The magazine has become a valuable teaching and science promotion vehicle and has formed extensive professional, community and business partnerships

Bob McDonald

Bob McDonald has been communicating science internationally through television, radio, print and live presentations for 30 years. He is the host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, the award-winning science program. He is also a regular reporter for CBC Television's The National as well as host and writer of numerous educational videos. As a print journalist, Bob has authored two science books for children and contributed to numerous science textbooks, newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail, Owl Magazine and many others. His latest book is Measuring the Earth With a Stick. Bob McDonald has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of science in Canada as the 2001 recipient of the Michael Smith Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the 2001 Sir Sanford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute, Canada's oldest scientific institution; and most recently, the University of Guelph awarded him an Honorary Doctorate and became the 2005 recipient of The McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science, through The Royal Society of Canada.

Cindy Todoroff

Cindy Todoroff, PhD, is Associate Director of the Research Training Centre at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute,Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto. She oversees the training of over 200 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at the Lunenfeld. In her position, she has also been involved in the development of the Youth Outreach Program, launched in 1999. The aim of this program is to educate young people (Grades 2 - 12) about the latest development in health research and how science will affect their lives. Dr. Todoroff has a MSc from Dalhousie University and completed her PhD at McMaster University (Medical Sciences). She is author of Presenting Science with Impact: presentation skills for scientists, medical researchers and health care professionals (Trifolium Books Inc, 1997).

Marilyn Webster

As Science Consultant with the Nova Scotia Department of Education, Marilyn Webster is responsible for designing, developing and implementing the public school science curriculum for grades Primary to 12. Marilyn's extensive teaching experience includes all levels from Primary to university. She has been actively involved with many innovative applications of science and technology: on-line learning, integrating technology in classrooms and labs, establishing science clubs, organizing and running school board technology camps, inter-disciplinary entrepreneurial ventures, and coaching. Marilyn sits on a variety of local, provincial, regional, national, and international Boards and Committees: BIO Ocean Education Centre, Clean NS, Vice-Chair of Atlantic Canada Association of Science Educators (ACASE), NSERC's PromoScience Committee, and Youth Science Foundation (YSF). Marilyn actively promotes, encourages, and advances science. Whether through her consultative/advisory services or extensive volunteer activities, Marilyn spreads an infectious enthusiasm for science, technology and its potential for making education come alive for young, curious minds.