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17 October 2016

Watch your words: Geoscience jargon

A hand list of science-y words, and ways to avoid them.


7 October 2016

The value of Wikipedia in science

Ever wonder how to make Wikipedia a more reliable source for scientific information? We’re part of a group doing just that.


26 September 2016

Being mindful as a public scientist

Want to open a Twitter account but are hesitant about everyone seeing your every tweet? Here are some tips to shape your public profile.


19 September 2016

Plainspoken statistics

Sense About Science is helping journalists learn about statistics to better convey relevance and importance to the general public.


12 September 2016

The value of a plain-language abstract

Abstracts summarize your manuscript – wouldn’t it be nice if anyone could understand them?


7 September 2016

Texas Earthquakes: Working together and keeping the data open

This is a guest post by graduate student Taylor Borgfeldt as part of our ongoing series of posts where we ask students to share their experiences in science communication. In Texas, relatively small earthquakes have caused structural damages to houses, partly due to such a shallow earthquake source. The public who experiences the seismic events or live in large metropolitan areas can have strong reactions to the shaking or possibility of an event …


29 August 2016

#SciWords: 1 word, multiple meanings

By Shane M Hanlon Jargon—it’s everywhere, from your favorite sport to politics to your profession. This fact is especially true in the sciences where scientific jargon is often seen as a barrier to effectively communicating with non-science audiences. We in the Sharing Science program usually spend an entire section of our science communication workshops with tips to avoid jargon (here are a few). There are all kinds of resources out there …


26 August 2016

Drawn to Geoscience: Pluto and the Dwarfs

On the 10th anniversary of the reclassification of Pluto to a dwarf planet, our own JoAnna Wendell illustrates her case for why that might not be such a bad thing.


25 August 2016

Six stats tips for science communicators.

By Brendan Bane As a courtesy to Washington DC-based and visiting journalists, AGU recently invited reporters and researchers to gather, eat, drink, and discuss a sometimes daunting subject: statistics. On Thursday, August 11, AGU partnered with, Sense About Science USA, and the DC Science Writers Association to host a workshop on interpreting data through statistics. Statisticians Regina Nuzzo of Gallaudet University and Jonathan Auerbach of Columbia University led the workshop, …


18 August 2016

PhD students should have science-communication committee members

“Ideally, of a five-member dissertation committee, three would be from the student’s institution, one from outside but in the same or similar field, and the final would be a non-research member of any sector.”


8 August 2016

A silent threat: Raising awareness about arsenic in well water

This is a guest post by graduate student Brittany Huhmann as part of our ongoing series of posts where we ask students to share their experiences in science communication. As a Ph.D. student, I spend a lot of time testing soils and groundwater for arsenic in far-off places like Bangladesh and India. Arsenic is a well-known carcinogen that negatively impacts millions of people in these and other south and southeast Asian countries. But …


3 August 2016

DC #SciArt – Icebergs and Washed Ashore

Two recent exhibits in Washington DC showcase how science can be portrayed through art – ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum, and Washed Ashore at the National Zoo


2 August 2016

Taking SciComm to the field

What started as a reason to get back out into the field turned into a valuable #scicomm opportunity.


26 July 2016

Benefits of the audio experience

How people hear us can be different from how they read our words. Skylar Bayers talks (literally) about the differences between the written and spoken word.


18 July 2016

Science by the Pint

What’s better than learning about science? Learning about science at a pub.


11 July 2016

The magic of environmentalism

Ride space mountain. Meet Mickey Mouse. Have a transformative adventure through the magic of conservation education. Seems like a normal to-do list.


6 July 2016

Drawn to Geoscience: Pharaoh’s Iron Dagger Made from a Meteorite, Study Confirms

Meteors, daggers, King Tut, and art! What’s not to love? Learn how our own JoAnna Wendel creates comics from scientific studies.


5 July 2016

Advocacy for science and scientists alike

What’s it like being a scientist sitting face to face with a member on Congress? MIT graduate student Michael McClellan shares his experiences and suggestions on advocating on behalf of science and scientists.


27 June 2016

Teen Science Cafés: A vehicle for connecting scientists with high school teenagers

By Michael Mayhew and Michele Hall Teen Science Café s are a free, informal, low-risk way for scientists to share their science with a receptive audience focused on future careers. They are an adaptation of the globally popular Science Cafe model for connecting the adult public with science and scientists. Adaptations of the model include teen leadership to ensure the programs are relevant to teens, discussions of career pathways related …


20 June 2016

Challenges, strategies, and tools for research scientists in Africa

Ngozi Oguguah encountered three main challenges when she started her PhD: 1) funding, 2) access to laboratories, and 3) access to publications. After much work, she learned that she could overcome these challenges through building networks.