Science Communicator

Using Our Inside Voices as Scientists

Using Our Inside Voices as Scientists

Posted by  | Perspectives in Research

It’s hard to change people’s minds. Controversial topics such as climate change and vaccines are not exempt from our inherent obstinateness. Scientists assume the solution to persuasion is more effective communication. A wealth of podcasts, Twitter accounts and YouTube channels are dedicated to the digestion and dissemination of scientific information. Even Bill Nye attempts to “save(...)

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The Fate of Science Rests on Our Ability to Communicate

The Fate of Science Rests on Our Ability to Communicate

Posted by  | A Day in the Life

“It is absolutely impossible!” While the student next to me was the one to vocalize an incredulous attitude, everyone was thinking it. We were in a workshop provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), as NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellows, and we were tasked with explaining the importance of our research to someone with(...)

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Becoming a Science Storyteller: Tips on Communication

Posted by  | Events and Happenings

“Nobody has to read this crap!” Ed Yong began his talk at a recent American Society of Human Genetics symposium, The Art and Science of Science Communication, with a bombshell. As scientists, we hold information in the highest regard, especially information we discovered while toiling away in the lab. But Yong insists that no one has(...)

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Project Bridge: Simplifying Science for the Community

Posted by  | A Day in the Life

How many times have you tried to explain your research to a friend, only to get a blank stare back? Such was the case with Daniel Pham, a graduate student in the Department of Neuroscience working in the Meffert lab. Daniel first realized his problem while trying to explain his research to his boyfriend and(...)

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