About Me
About Me

I am Nina, a trained veterinarian, an experienced neuroscientist, and a science editor

 

I've had the pleasure to work with some really smart people over the years: Many are excellent scientists, and many speak English as a second language. No matter how good you are at what you do, people who have not worked with you will likely get their first impression of you through your writing. Whether it is a research publication, a business website, or your resume, chances are you will be judged by how you write. 

I created the Editing Connection to help people like you reach their full potential. Let's address the great divide between the big impact of writing skills on our professional success and our often underdeveloped real-life writing skills! On this website, I will share with you some tips and tricks about professional writing that I learned along my career path. I hope you will put the resources to good use!  

My hope is that this website will

  • help you with your writing project and support you in reaching your goal,

  • teach you something you did not know before,

  • spark your interest in learning more about good practices in professional writing.

 

If you'd like to know more about what qualifies me to talk about science, professional English writing, resumes, cover letters, and business communication, here are the highlights:

My

philosophy

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (equivalent)

  • PhD in Neuroscience

  • Editing Certificate

  • University Teaching Certificate

  • Latinum

Qualifications 
  • Working as a biomedical researcher 

  • Hiring as department head in biopharmaceutical companies

  • Publishing research articles 

  • Translating knowledge to lay audiences

  • Presenting research to expert audiences

  • Teaching at university

  • Reviewing manuscripts as a peer reviewer

Writing and Editing Experience
  • Peer-reviewed research articles

  • Peer-reviewed review articles

  • Textbook chapters

  • Funding proposals

  • Standard operating procedures

  • Study reports for the investigator's brochure

  • Study protocols for review by research ethics committees

  • Posters for presentation

  • Slide decks 

my philosophy

1. Good Writing is Critical for Professional Success

As a trained veterinarian and experienced neuroscientist, I have worn many hats on my journey from student to postdoc, and ultimately to team leader in the biotech industry. Throughout my career as a researcher in academia and in the business world, I have witnessed first-hand what difference effective writing can make for professional success. 

Have you ever pondered how the eloquence, clarity, style, and correctness of a text influence you as a reader? The truth is, we make judgements about the author and the quality of the content with every word we read:

This text has grammar and spelling mistakes. 

I doubt the content is of high quality. 

The ideas in this text are expressed vaguely and are not clear to me. 

The authors probably don’t really know what they are talking about. 

This text is inconsistent in style and format and difficult to navigate.

The author is sloppy and doesn’t care about the reader.

This text is well organized, clear, easy to understand, and correct.

The author seems to be an expert on the matter and is honest and trustworthy.

Clearly, the way we write influences how we and our work are perceived. I thought I was a decent science writer until I completed the Editing Certificate Program at Simon Fraser University and read numerous books on editing, writing style, and technical writing. I realized how much more there is to learn about good writing than what we usually pick up as students during our formal education.

2. Every Reader Benefits from Clear Writing

First impressions on your professional self will often be based on a sample of your writing. In the past, many saw this as an invitation to write complicated and convoluted sentences with lots of technical terms. Today, you will likely get much more credit for writing clearly and for creating a document that is easy to understand. Your readers will thank you for it!

As an editor, I am an advocate for readers. Keeping your reader in mind every step of the way and following plain language principles will make a world of difference for your readers. Don't we all benefit from clear communication and effective knowledge translation?