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18 May 2016
Drawn to Geoscience: Asteroid-like Comet Could Reveal Solar System’s Secrets
How do you turn a news a story about an asteroid-like comet into a super-interesting comic? Our first Drawn to Science shows you how!
12 May 2016
Drawn to Geoscience
Ever wondered what it takes to communicate science through drawing? Our own JoAnna Wendel can help guide the way.
17 June 2014
Science Communication in the Post-expert Digital Age
In the digital age, anyone can comment, tweet, or blog. This means that expert voices are often diluted in the online conversation. In a Forum in the 17 June issue of Eos, Amy Luers, director for climate change at the Skoll Global Threats Fund and David Kroodsma, research analyst at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, describe the challenges for scientists trying to communicate in this “post-expert” age.
18 February 2014
Really Reaching the Public, Face-to-Face
This past summer I was able to provide a young couple with their first view of Saturn through a telescope, and afterward they told me what a profound experience this look into space had been for them. It wasn’t the first time I’d seen such an emotional response since I opened the East Point Solar Observatory, a small public observatory in Nahant, Mass., in 1995. But listening to them reminded me how lucky we scientists are to pursue a career that brings out such warm feelings in our neighbors. It also made me wonder whether the effectiveness of our national approach to public outreach might be increased by more face-to-face contact between scientists and the public.
13 November 2013
Epic Fail: What a Perfectly Putrid Poster Can Do for You
After months, perhaps years, of fieldwork, lab work, and analysis, you have results that you simply have to share with the world. You’ve shelled out for your Fall Meeting registration. You’re stoked that your poster session doesn’t coincide with any of the talks you’ve marked as essential. And because your BFF has agreed to share accommodation costs, you have a suite at the Hotel Nikko. No one can deny that you’re as confident as a Kardashian and as primed for launch as a fully fuelled Titan rocket. Ain’t no stoppin’ you now!