Ditch the jargon!
How do we science? / News / Science and Communication

Ditch the jargon!

I’ve been thinking a lot about science communication recently. From translating my research about nitrogen cycling into a lesson plan for high school students (via SciREN) to applying for science communication workshops, I feel like everything I’ve done recently has revolved around effectively communicating science to a non-scienctist audience. Which is equal parts great (!) … Continue reading

Adulterated Science: Why not all Sci Comm is GOOD Sci Comm
Energy, News, and Climate / Marine Preservation / News / Policy / Science / Science and Communication

Adulterated Science: Why not all Sci Comm is GOOD Sci Comm

By now if you are a human (or cylon, I won’t judge) who has used the internet more than once, I expect you to have stumbled upon IFL Science. You probably come across it “on the regular” on your Facebook page. IFL Science is great for the lay person. It provides tons of scientific information … Continue reading

Trust Me, I’m a Scientist
Energy, News, and Climate / Policy / Science and Communication

Trust Me, I’m a Scientist

For those of us in the environmental sciences community, there are few frustrations that get to us more than the ongoing “debate” about the existence and cause of climate change. With an overwhelming majority of climate researchers agreeing that the recent trend in global warming is most likely caused by human activity, why is it … Continue reading

New approaches needed for climate conscious policy? How to change unchangeable minds
Energy, News, and Climate / Policy / Science / Science and Communication

New approaches needed for climate conscious policy? How to change unchangeable minds

As a scientist studying issues related to climate change, I have had my share of futile conversation, arguments, and debates with climate deniers. It happens, perhaps too frequently. I recently had one of these conversations with a well-educated, young engineer during a cross-country flight. Said engineer was not so sure that the human impact on … Continue reading

Paradigm Shifts in academic publishing: Is how we write a problem?
Science / Science and Communication

Paradigm Shifts in academic publishing: Is how we write a problem?

Recently I have been exploring the topic of science writing and communication, through a class on science comm, this blog, and through reading tons of papers (because you know, grad student). Throughout my adventures I have discovered something very interesting. Often I will read a paper inside of my own field, tangentially related to my … Continue reading