24 April 2017

What now? Now we go to work.

What now? Now we go to work.

By Shane M Hanlon I’m a scientist who teaches scientists how to talk to non-scientists. I recognized the need for this type of instruction years ago when I was still a graduate student. Even when I first got my position in the Sharing Science program here at AGU, scientists were increasingly aware of the need to be able to effectively communicate their science to broad audiences but many were still …

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17 April 2017

Harnessing the communicative power of art in science education

Harnessing the communicative power of art in science education

“From a young age, I began to understand that artists describe and interpret the world around them. In this way, they perform a task quite similar to that of a scientist.”

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13 April 2017

All Politics is Local – Engaging your Legislators Locally

All Politics is Local – Engaging your Legislators Locally

Congressional recesses are the perfect time to engage with your legislator about what is important to you. Here’s how you can get engaged!

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10 April 2017

Listening: The other half of science communication

Listening: The other half of science communication

Talk to strangers. Find common ground. Share the science. But start by listening.

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3 April 2017

Is Citizen Science democratizing science? Research in the evaluation and design of citizen science programs can help determine long-term benefits

Is Citizen Science democratizing science? Research in the evaluation and design of citizen science programs can help determine long-term benefits

What’s the science behind citizen science? Find out this week!

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28 March 2017

How stories captivate an audience

How stories captivate an audience

How do stories captivate an audience? Here, I’ll identify the relevant story parts of one documentary film and describe how the story contributes to the film’s success. Then I’ll discuss one film where storytelling is virtually absent.

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20 March 2017

Facebook Live for #scicomm

Facebook Live for #scicomm

By Shane M Hanlon There are so many venues for science communication, especially when it comes to social media. For example, AGU alone has four official Twitter accounts (Sharing Science, AGU, Eos, Science Policy), an Instagram account, and a half-dozen Facebook pages. Social media is a powerful venue for communicating tips on communication. Twitter is an especially great place to learn about #scicomm resources and opportunities through hashtags like #scicomm, …

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13 March 2017

Undergrads can publish too…really!

Undergrads can publish too...really!

By John Maclachlan Traditionally, undergraduate research rarely includes the dissemination of results beyond the classroom. Through an open letter to the McMaster University Community, University President Dr. Patrick Deane called for a reinvigoration of key principles of McMaster University including improving the student experience through research opportunities. In response to this challenge, I proposed a goal to the students in my course to publish their research.  The course, Glacial Sediment …

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8 March 2017

#MySciComm: Dr. Shane Hanlon

#MySciComm: Dr. Shane Hanlon

Wonder how to get into a career in #scicomm? Our own Shane M Hanlon shares his journey. Hint – it was not direct.

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6 March 2017

Considerations for Strategically & Effectively Communicating Your Science

Considerations for Strategically & Effectively Communicating Your Science

By Lauren Childs-Gleason Science is inherently exciting. Exploring new frontiers and discovering intricacies of dynamic systems that enhance our understanding of the planet, improves the quality of our lives. That is awesome and exciting. Yet sometimes scientific communication can be uninspiring – the stereotypical bespectacled professor wearing a lab coat and droning on about equations comes to mind. How do we not be boring? How do we communicate more effectively …

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