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GMOs and legislation: useful suggestions for New Zealand in British report

Grant Jacobs Jun 22, 2015

Below is a condensed version of a report, featuring the portions I feel may be useful to New Zealand, followed by a selection of expert statements about this report. The legislation and public engagement issues for GM in this report strongly overlap with those in New Zealand. I offer this for those interested in the topic, but lack the … Read More

The past and future of science journalism and science communication

Grant Jacobs Jun 12, 2015

Let me alert readers to an on-line copy of Dan Fagin’s excellent keynote address at the World Conference of Science Journalists, held in Seoul, South Korea. His piece has links with many topics for science communicators, scientist-communicators and New Zealanders in general, not just science journalists – hence my offering it as recommended reading here. Read More

Al Jazeera discussion of science communication and social media

Grant Jacobs Jun 11, 2015

Tonight I stumbled upon a discussion of science communication on Al Jazeera’s The Stream program, taking in social media, science communication tactics and issues, pulling in the non-science audience (as opposed to preaching to the choir), and more. If science communication isn’t your thing, watch it anyway for the short live demonstrations! Once past the … Read More

Consider this rare beast, the scientist-communicator

Grant Jacobs Jun 10, 2015

Imagine, if you will, a research institute or group with enough ‘critical mass’ of work around a particular area of science.[1] Now imagine one[2] of the scientists within the institute being assigned a part-time role as a science communicator, with the remainder of their time doing research work within the institute. A 60:40 science and science-communication role, say. Read More

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Luminous Moments

Grant Jacobs May 11, 2015

Paul Callaghan is well-known to many New Zealanders as a scientist and science communicator. His little book, Luminous Moments, published posthumously, is well worth while reading. It contains “some of his more personal speeches and essays”, seven in all, apparently edited from his hospital bed. The book is put together and prefaced by a foreword by Paul’s daughter, Catherine. Read More

All the science that is fit to blog – an analysis of science blogging practice

Grant Jacobs Apr 25, 2015

Those who use blog software as the media to distribute their science writing might like to browse Paige Brown Jarreau’s summary of her Ph.D. thesis, All the Science That is Fit to Blog: an analysis of science blogging practice, or to download a PDF copy of it. You can also download the data and figures. Read More

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Kumara are transgenic

Grant Jacobs Apr 21, 2015

Like some genetically-engineered plants are. Kumara have a long history in New Zealand, being brought here by early Polynesian settlers and are well-known to Kiwis.[1] They’re a crop that has been cultivated in South America for about 8,000 years that have been spread to other parts of the world.[1] Research just … Read More

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