Is the Earth shaped like a potato – Science in social media
Science / Science and Communication

Is the Earth shaped like a potato – Science in social media

In answer to the question posed in this blog post’s title: Short answer – No. Long answer – A big, unequivocal, starchy, no. Take a quick romp around the internet, however, and you may be surprised to find that there are a myriad of sources that may say (either directly or indirectly) that our planet … Continue reading

How to read a scientific paper – if you’re not a scientist
How do we science? / Science

How to read a scientific paper – if you’re not a scientist

If you don’t use phrases like heteroscedasticity, dynamic convection, or quantitative polymerase chain reaction in your everyday life, join the club. I don’t either. But words like these can make scientific articles seem abstract and inaccessible. Have no fear, dear readers, I am here to tell you that you too can enjoy the pleasure derived … Continue reading

Old Men Go Fishing with Black Line and Spoons
Marine Life / Marine Preservation / Policy / Science / Science and Communication / Scientists in Action!

Old Men Go Fishing with Black Line and Spoons

I don’t study fish. It’s one of my limits. I don’t study anything with a face. Or cells. So when I first learned the word “fisheries” I threw it into that chum-bucket of knowledge I’ve grown accustomed to knowing the existence of, but essentially ignoring. But there’s an aspect of fishery study that I connect … Continue reading

From the scientist’s mouth: Barbara Zemskova
How do we science? / Science / Scientists in Action!

From the scientist’s mouth: Barbara Zemskova

Welcome to a new series of articles all about the people behind the science. Every month, we will profile students, technicians, and professors in order to personalize the at times inaccessible world of research. You might say Barbara Zemskova is our resident mixologist – of the ocean that is. Barbara is one of our fellow graduate students … Continue reading

9 ways the “women to STEM pipeline” isn’t enough
Energy, News, and Climate / Science and Communication

9 ways the “women to STEM pipeline” isn’t enough

Funneling women into STEM majors seems easy enough. Add enough women in the mix, and (like trickle-down economics) those women will get tenure track positions, they’ll encourage the next generation and so on. In a perfect world, if a girl were interested in science, she would study science, and then she would get a job … Continue reading