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24 May 2017

Lucy Jones: scientists need to create “scientifically-defensible” stories

Lucy Jones: scientists need to create “scientifically-defensible” stories

Scientists have an obligation to communicate what they know in a way that ensures it can be understood and acted upon by policymakers, seismologist Lucy Jones told attendees at the JpGU-AGU joint meeting this week.

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22 May 2017

Sciencing & Social Media

Sciencing & Social Media

This is a cross post from Dr. Paige Jarreau’s blog From the Lab Bench. You can find the original here. This week, I helped Shane M. Hanlon at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Sharing Science program give a webinar on Sciencing and Social Media. We talked about what social media platforms are, how scientists are using them, and how to integrate more effective science communication practices (for example, engagement over “information-dumping”). Following the formal …

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8 May 2017

Communicating science: four strategies to get the message across

Communicating science: four strategies to get the message across

By Mafalda Marques Carapuço Science communication is a challenging task as there is no universal solution that can be used in all cases. This is a major challenge for scientists who believe that communicating science to non-scientists is part of their social responsibility. To help scientists in the process of communicating science and fostering the transfer of scientific knowledge outside of the scientific community, four strategies can be adopted to …

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1 May 2017

Drawn to Geoscience: What makes a geyser go “FIZZSPLOOSH”?!

Drawn to Geoscience: What makes a geyser go "FIZZSPLOOSH"?!

What makes a geyser blow? Our own JoAnna Wendel explains…in comic form!

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Heading to the field? Submit your Postcards from the Field!

Heading to the field? Submit your Postcards from the Field!

By Shane M. Hanlon In mid-2014 we launched our Postcards from the Field campaign through our shiny-new Tumblr account where we asked you to share stories and photos from your field experiences. We’ve also created calendars from postcard images voted on by our members and the public. It’s that time of year again. Flowers are blooming, trees are greening, and scientists are prepping for field season.  /Whether you’re in the middle of a field season or preparing for …

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27 April 2017

Why some of the best March for Science signs were also the worst.

Why some of the best March for Science signs were also the worst.

By Shane M Hanlon & Olivia V Ambrogio The March for Science was the largest gathering of scientists in our lifetimes (so far). Thousands of scientists turned out in cities around the world to stand up for strong science, and that was an impressive and inspiring thing to take part in. But a march isn’t just about the people, or the work they’ll (hopefully) continue to do afterwards to build …

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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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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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