Tag: science communication

Science is for everyone ─ not just scientists

Science communication circles are growing ever more popular and passionate about science. Google “science is for…” and you’ll see that it fills in “everyone.” No doubt it’s because of the associated TEDTalk, but it’s an infectious, exciting thought amongst passionate science geeks. After all, everyone loves to share their passion and find equally passionate people. …

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Defeating Ignorance, One Adult At A Time

Is fat bad or good for us? What about eggs? And our precious coffee? Well, it depends. Back in the 90s, I remember my mother clearing all fats out of the house and banning eggs. She had read a study stating that they were bad for the health. Plasticy non-fat cheese, sugar-laden, non-fat yoghurt became …

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The Pros and Cons of Your Current Listening Skills

A quick Google search notes that there are over 2 million pieces on improving your listening skills. This implies that there is something seriously wrong with the status quo of a person’s average listening abilities. Why is listening important? Well, as a human, you want people to hear you, see you, and understand you. As …

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Fixing Science Communication with Viputheshwar Sitaraman

Science communication is broken. The media doesn’t know how to read it well, the general public gets lost, and eyes glaze over at a prodigious rate. There is a widening gap between scientists and the general public. While this gap widens, the ridicule about why scientists are studying what they study increases. I had a …

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Broader impacts and the public perspective

I am reading a pop-sci book called Pandora’s Seed, which looks at how our genetics tie into our cultural inheritance. In the preface Spencer Wells starts discussing the why behind his book. The why, is of course, rooted in the question “what impact does this research have?” This is a good question for all of …

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Art of the Brain with Michelle Hunter

Science communication is an interesting profession. You can choose to communicate with writing, dance, or many other mediums -€“ including fine art. You don’t even have to start in science. I had the honour of sitting down with Michelle Hunter, a New York contemporary artist with an eye for science. Michelle is an artist that …

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