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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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21 February 2017

Science communication needs you

Science communication needs you

We need scientists to meet with legislators, speak at public events, and foster relationships with journalists. Will that be you?

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13 February 2017

We are all citizens of science

We are all citizens of science

By Shane M Hanlon “Science surrounds us.” “In order to be a good science communicator, you must first be a good science consumer.” “SciComm: you don’t have to like it but you need to be able to do it.” These are all things I’ve said in the age of Twitter where space is at a premium and effective messaging is critical. They pertain to the different hats that I wear – producer …

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26 January 2017

Science politicians: a new path in non-academic careers

Science politicians: a new path in non-academic careers

What do you get when you mix a dearth of academic science positions and an under-representation of scientists in politics? Science politicians.

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16 January 2017

The need for action through scicomm

The need for action through scicomm

By Shane M Hanlon “What do you do?” This is a question that I’m asked almost daily as a DC resident where interest in one’s profession is only surpassed by interest in politics. But back in 2010, when I was a 2nd-year PhD student, I was not used to this question. I had successfully avoided (i.e. didn’t try) making friends outside of my program during my first year, so when I …

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