Scott Mitchell is a former newspaper columnist and writer, blogger and cartoonist with Maclean’s magazine. After completing a BSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Waterloo, and a Master of Science with research in bioinformatics, his current research focus at Carleton University includes public communication of science, critical data studies, risk communication, and digital media. Scott’s dissertation (which was awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship) examines digital disease tracking tools and apps, studying how they contribute to conceptions of disease and risk. Scott is a contributor to Carleton’s ALiGN Digital Media Lab, created by Dr. Merlyna Lim, which works with marginalized communities and groups engaged with challenging dominant narratives, and attempts to make academic research more accessible to general audiences. He’s also a researcher with The Warning Project, a partnership of international practitioners, academics and consultants committed to helping organizations develop capacity to better communicate during crises.