Tagged: science communication

Hyperbole from university press offices - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 11, 2014

A newly-released study suggests university press releases are a key source of hyperbole seen in science stories in media, concluding that - Exaggeration in news is strongly associated with exaggeration in press releases. Improving the accuracy of academic press releases could represent a key opportunity for reducing misleading health related news. The study … Read More

Time to get fuzzy about penguins – #voteAdelie Part 1 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Nov 23, 2014

How can anyone resist voting for this cutie in the annual Bird of the Year campaign?   Penguins captivate us human-folk. They’re one of those animals that just oozes natural charisma. It’s largely because they appear so like us with their upright stance and their dinner suited attire, their sometimes funky ‘hairstyles’ and their mannerisms that seem just so … Read More

Chasing a comet- totally newsworthy so why isn’t it top billing? or best shirt-worthy? - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Nov 14, 2014

Welcome to a comet. Photo by European Space Agency taken by Philae. Philae may have bounced off the comet before landing, but it was the local media lack of focus on this event that had the real lack of thrust. This week has seen a truly epic event in human history. It’s an incredible week for space exploration and … Read More

Basking in the conference afterglow or swansong? - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Sep 11, 2014

Conferences are seen as one of the few remaining perks of a scientist’s life. A chance to step away from academia and to travel, even if only out of one’s earthquake ravaged home city. Sometimes though, as much as they energise and present opportunities to reconnect with the scientific community, conferences can be a harsh reminder of just … Read More

Yet another science metric – the Kardashian Index - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 08, 2014

Twitter exploded last week after Neil Hall, a professor at the University of Liverpool who studies the genomes of the parasites that cause malaria and sleeping sickness, published a (supposedly satirical) paper in the journal Genome Biology. Rather than read his paper, I recommend you read the annotated version. But first, here’s … Read More

Free science of science communication reading - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 16, 2014

If you’re into science communication and are looking for a little late-night Sunday reading, you might try the National Academy of Sciences’ summary of the second Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia on science communication, The science of science communication II. These meetings are focused on issues and best practices for scientists communicating science to non-specialists. The … Read More

Striking the flame of science in kids - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 12, 2013

Introducing this year’s Flame Challenge science communication competition. Hawkeye, Alan Alda’s character in M*A*S*H, was a lanky wise guy with a serious edge—or was it the other way around?—always poking at serious matters. (M*A*S*H fans or the confused might try Footnote 1.) In front of the kids in this PBS segment Alda seems to … Read More