More than 25 years ago, I launched my career in journalism because I felt it lent some legitimacy to all my nosey questions. I discovered early on that a lot of people knew things I didn’t — interesting things about how the universe works, things I felt were important to understand.

Even after all these years, being a journalist who gets to ask smart people about their work is a bit like being a kid in a candy shop. There is always something more to savour.

For nearly two decades now, I’ve worked as a freelance science journalist at daily newspapers, magazines and online news services in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. My writing has appeared in New Scientist, Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, and Chemical & Engineering News. I’m a contributing writer with Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes bureau, Great Lakes Now, and with Science News for Students.

And now, as the new editor for the CIC NEWS I get to focus exclusively on some of the most interesting stories in chemistry in Canada. I am part of a team here that will work hard on your behalf to find out what is going on in chemical news in Canada, and why it matters.

If you have ideas about what you’d like to see us cover, please feel free to drop me a line.

Sharon Oosthoek