Science Communication Central

By Kirk Englehardt | Tips, tools and advice for sharing science far and wide. #scicomm

The power of science communication

Samantha Yammine works as a science communicator to educate the public. Photo by SYLVIA ALMEIDA, courtesy of SAMANTHA YAMMINE<p>Samantha Yammine is a …

Alda Center Responds to Increased Demand for Improvisation-Based Science Communication Training

<b>Alda Center Conducts International Workshops and Expands Capacity with New Faculty and Staff</b><p>Faculty and staff of the Alda Center<p>The Alan Alda Center …

Wikipedia shapes language in science papers

Experiment traces how online encyclopaedia influences research write-ups.<p>Wikipedia is one of the world's most popular websites, but scientists rarely …

How I found my outreach niche

He was 15, though behaviorally and developmentally he was about 5 years younger. Anticipating our visit, he had printed out fact sheets about various …

Scientists challenge stereotypes with selfies

Hundreds of researchers have posted on social media pictures of themselves doing their work in a bid to challenge gender and race stereotypes.<p>The …

Crater Lake

People Furthest Apart on Climate Views Are Often the Most Educated

For attitudes on global warming, political identity is a more important signal than academic acumen or scientific literacy

Climate

A Nobel Doesn’t Make You an Expert: Lessons in Science and Spin

In this excerpt from her new book, ‘Making Sense of Science,’ a longtime journalist shares hard-won insights in teasing out substance from hype.<p>In …

Involving non-academic partners at all relevant stages of the research process can drive knowledge and understanding

<i>At a time when some audiences and commentators seem intent not simply to resist academic knowledge but to discredit it, the perception of academic</i> …

How To Explain Climate Science To That Person Who Just Won't Listen

We all know someone who is dismissive of climate science. We all have friends or family members who think they know more about global warming than …

Climate

Covering climate change: journalism's biggest and most difficult story, ever

<b>Climate change is the defining challenge of our times. The Spinoff is devoting a week of coverage to the issue, its advocates, complexities, and</b> …

Climate

Considering Community: The Connect-Align-Produce network model for social-impact networks

<i>Social in silico includes a series of occasional posts focused on community management tips and related information. I’m tagging these Considering</i> …

Networking

History shows that stacking federal science advisory committees doesn't work

Scientists are busy people, but every year thousands donate many hours of their time without payment to advise Congress and federal government …

Scientific Research

Nature

NEWS<p>Climate scientists flock to France’s call<p>President said ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’ — and researchers signed up.<p>Declan Butler<p>Search for this …

Emmanuel Macron

Is Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop pseudoscience winning?

Goop has been called out for bullshit over and over. But the brand seems to be stronger than ever.<p>On an alarmingly regular basis, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company Goop publishes new morsels of health bullshit.<p>And as the Goop website has emerged as a reliably laughable source of pseudoscience, a …

The scientist and the journalist: keystones of democracy

If you’re a dictator, journalism is a threat. If your business-as-usual suits you but is harming others, science is a threat. If you want to hide the …

NRA

Book Review: Communicating Your Research With Social Media: A Practical Guide to Using Blogs, Podcasts, Data Visualisations and Video by Amy Mollett, Cheryl Brumley, Chris Gilson and Sierra Williams

With Communicating Your Research with Social Media: A Practical Guide to Using Blogs, Podcasts, Data Visualisations and Video, authors Amy Mollett, …

London School of Economics

Does Being a Nice Personable Scientist Make Sense in Trump's America?

There has been huge debate in online science circles around the publication of "The Uninhabitable Earth" by <i>New York Magazine</i>. The article itself is …

What Advocacy Marketing Professionals Can Learn from Bill Nye the Science Guy

I can still hear in my head the refrain from one of the best TV shows of the ’90s: Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill Nye the Science Guy!<p>The show was a …

Bill Nye

Sorry, Gwyneth Paltrow. Science will always beat goopy junk

<i>Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, University of Alberta, a Trudeau Fellow and author of</i> Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture And Science Clash <i>(Penguin, 2015).</i><p>Gwyneth Paltrow and her online company, Goop, have become a punchline used …

Gwyneth Paltrow

Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies

<b>Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, has died in the US.</b><p>The 40-year-old Iranian, a professor at Stanford University, had breast cancer which had spread to her bones.<p>Nicknamed the "Nobel Prize for Mathematics", the Fields Medal is only awarded …

Mathematics

Book Review: The Politics of Evidence: From Evidence-Based Policy to the Good Governance of Evidence by Justin Parkhurst

In The Politics of Evidence: From Evidence-Based Policy to the Good Governance of Evidence, available open access, Justin Parkhurst provides a …

Research

How climate scepticism turned into something more dangerous

Doubts about the science are being replaced by doubts about the motives of scientists and their political supporters. Once this kind of cynicism takes hold, is there any hope for the truth? By David Runciman<p>Last month Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris …

Climate

How to Weed Creationism Out of Schools - Facts So Romantic

<i>A 2008 nationally representative survey of U.S. high school biology teachers found that nearly half of the responders agreed or strongly agreed that</i> …

Education

Almost 90% of Americans don’t know there’s scientific consensus on global warming

That’s not good.<p>A new report shows that the vast majority of Americans have no clue what the scientific consensus on climate change is.<p>According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, which conduct an annual …

University leaders say they need to improve communication on science with public

WASHINGTON -- Views on higher education are becoming increasingly hostile among certain Americans, and scientists say some of the blame rests with …

Education

15 tips to better communicate about GMOs with the public

We natural scientists excel at accumulating scientific knowledge. Thus, it is only natural that we believe that, if we can just share scientific …

Can Journalists Live Without Twitter?

When I asked Alexandra Petri, <i>The Washington Post</i>’s humor columnist, to imagine a world without Twitter, she saw endless possibility. “I have no idea …

Donald Trump

Collaboration and communication: how science and environmentalists can fight climate change together

Science and its values are often under attack from environmentalists and others and in response, the scientific community has started a new and …

Climate

The unbearable lightness of accountability in science

The world of science now lags behind the gold standard of open debate, otherwise present in politics, for instance. Particularly, when it comes to …

Scientific Research