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11 December 2017
By JoAnna Wendel Asteroids! As with many of my comics, the most challenging aspect was representing movement. In this comic, the movement I had to depict was air moving through a meteor, and then that meteor exploding. I also had to draw a meteor disintegrating, which was especially challenging. For the air movement, I used blue arrows—I figured blue is commonly associated with air, and arrows are a good, simple …
4 December 2017
It’s almost here. The time of year we all wait for with baited breath. FALL MEETING!
20 November 2017
Being able to effectively communicate your science is a crucial skill, no matter the audience. We’re offering two workshops, from general communication, to storytelling via multi- and social media. Register today!
30 October 2017
Animal poop holds many secrets. Our own JoAnna Wendel shares a comic, and the process behind the creation of the comic, about researchers’ work to identify past wet and dry periods using bat guano.
By Kate Goggin. This post was originally published by the Center for Plain Language. I love helping scientists translate tech talk into plain language. Often the editing process goes smoothly, but sometimes, they have reservations. The fears I hear most often involve dumbing down the information, or, oversimplifying it. “Those are common complaints,” says Dr. Lisa DiPinto, Senior Scientist at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and one of my …
28 September 2017
Data can be more than numbers on a spreadsheet. It can tell a beautiful story.
21 September 2017
Why don’t departmental seminar series include scientists who do scicomm? I think they should.
28 August 2017
By Madeleine Jepsen. This is the second of a two-part series on communicating uncertainty. Whether it’s a congressman drafting legislation or a family member asking about your research at Thanksgiving dinner, explaining uncertainty in research to a lay audience is an important part of science communication. Recently, Joseph Guillaume, a postdoctoral fellow at Aalto University, published an analysis of how uncertainty is verbally communicated in scientific publications using abstracts from …
23 August 2017
What do scientists mean when they say “uncertainty?”
21 August 2017
SciComm at conferences has always been a thing. Now it’s a big thing.