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Science Communication

Janet Napolitano: Why More Scientists Are Needed in the Public Square

The Conversation US | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

In this presidential election season, one thing is certain: candidates will rarely - if ever - be asked what they would do to keep this nation at the forefront of science and innovation. That's a shame.

They Won a Nobel for What? Why Good Science Communication Counts

The Conversation US | Posted 10.09.2015 | Science
The Conversation US

When scientists invite us into their world, paying attention to our needs the way good hosts do for their guests, they enlarge our lives.

Revolutionizing Science Communication -- With 3D-Printed Jewelry

Viputheshwar Sitaraman | Posted 07.23.2015 | Science
Viputheshwar Sitaraman

The challenge in making science communication open and accessible lies in funding the distribution of these materials. Without institutional backing for such innovative projects, it will be entrepreneurial spirits in the likes of somersault 18:24 that will pioneer the revolution in science communication.

Science Communication Is Broken. Let's Fix It.

Viputheshwar Sitaraman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Science
Viputheshwar Sitaraman

Societies for science still only accept well-established scientists who pay large membership dues. Journals of science are still only distributed to and read by paying subscribers: research institutions and rich scientists. Science communication is outdated.

David Freeman

The Little Question That Fueled Actor's Big Push For Plain-Spoken Science | David Freeman | Posted 01.09.2015 | Science

Alan Alda became famous for his film and television roles, including Hawkeye Pierce in the long-running TV series M*A*S*H*. In recent years, however, ...

3 Traps to Avoid When Speaking About the Environment

Lisa Bennett | Posted 12.31.2014 | Green
Lisa Bennett

Like my son, many of us seem to think one way about the environment and feel another. That is, we think safeguarding the environment is important but we often feel alienated by the way other people talk about it.

F---ing Love (Hate) This!

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 06.28.2014 | Science
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

With more than 13 million "likes," I F---ing Love Science is the big winner among Facebook pages devoted to science and science communicators. And it would probably be very popular even without the "F" bomb. Or would it?

Closing Access to Scientific Literature: The Battle Begins

A. Townsend Peterson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science
A. Townsend Peterson

Science is not a commercial thing. Science is a communal, cooperative enterprise in which information, knowledge, data, and ideas are shared openly and broadly. Any entity that puts commercial interests ahead of this shared enterprise, such as Elsevier, needs to get its priorities straight.

And the Survey Says: Neil deGrasse Tyson Is the Best Living Science Communicator

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 10.29.2013 | Science
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

We were looking for someone who might be the next Carl Sagan. Tyson is such a person.

Who Is the Next Great Science Communicator?

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

What the world needs is a great communicator of science who can connect with large audiences, liberal, moderate and conservative, to help explain what science is, and the wonders it reveals about nature and the nature of the universe. So do we have one?

Scientists in the Spotlight

Dr. Tyler Nordgren | Posted 02.17.2013 | Science
Dr. Tyler Nordgren

The truth is that scientists get no training at all in communicating with the public or even our students. And that's a shame, because if the public doesn't understand what science or spacecraft are good for, then eventually they will demand that our tax dollars stop supporting it.

If Only People Understood Science Better...

Astrid Caldas | Posted 08.01.2012 | Green
Astrid Caldas

When it comes to climate change, how we communicate matters much more than what we communicate.