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26 June 2017
By Shane M Hanlon I’m the Senior Specialist in AGU’s Sharing Science program. I giggle to myself on occasion when I hear it said aloud, not because of anything specific with the title or my duties therein, but because I am most comfortable with another title – scientist. I have a PhD in biology with a focus in disease ecology and ecotoxicology. I came into science communication and policy through …
19 June 2017
By Shane M Hanlon Over the past month, I have noticed a new type of #scicomm emerging. It’s not through a new technology, rather, it’s exploiting an existing one. Spurred by the Tweets of President Donald Trump, scientists and science-enthusiasts alike have begun to insert science facts, or #scijack, into tweet threads responding to President Trump, as well as other prominent political figures. The idea is this – many, many …
24 May 2017
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.
17 April 2017
“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.”
20 March 2017
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, …
8 March 2017
Wonder how to get into a career in #scicomm? Our own Shane M Hanlon shares his journey. Hint – it was not direct.
3 March 2017
By Christy Till. This is the 3rd part in a 3-part series in which a US scientist reflects on the women’s march, making sense of the current political landscape, and finding answers in local science communication activities. See part one here and two here. “Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country.” – Molly Ivins Perhaps some of the …
1 March 2017
A US scientist’s reflections on the women’s march, making sense of the current political landscape, and finding answers in local science communication activities – Part 2.
26 January 2017
What do you get when you mix a dearth of academic science positions and an under-representation of scientists in politics? Science politicians.
16 January 2017
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 …