26 September 2016

Being mindful as a public scientist

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.

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19 September 2016

Plainspoken statistics

Plainspoken statistics

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

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12 September 2016

The value of a plain-language abstract

The value of a plain-language abstract

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

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7 September 2016

Texas Earthquakes: Working together and keeping the data open

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 …

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29 August 2016

#SciWords: 1 word, multiple meanings

#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 …

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26 August 2016

Drawn to Geoscience: Pluto and the Dwarfs

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.

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25 August 2016

Six stats tips for science communicators.

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 STATS.org, 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, …

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18 August 2016

PhD students should have science-communication committee members

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.”

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8 August 2016

A silent threat: Raising awareness about arsenic in well water

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 …

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2 August 2016

Taking SciComm to the field

Taking SciComm to the field

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

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