Tagged: science communication

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

Book review: The Best Australian Science Writing 2013 - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 11, 2013

Looking for a Christmas present for someone who likes reading about ‘things’, how they work, why? Or just generally musing about life. I’ve had past success with anthologies of science writing as gifts, in my case Best American Science and Nature Writing or Best American Science Writing, both part of the long-established ‘Best American’ … Read More

The public and new research: peer review, initial reports and responses to extraordinary claims - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 03, 2013

The recent and widely-reported retraction of a study on safety of genetically-modified (GM) maize has once-again raised the topic of what of peer-review offers.[1] This perennial topic includes what a scientific paper really is, how scientists respond to extraordinary claims (and what an extraordinary claim is) and, of course, what peer review contributes. With all the fuss the retraction … Read More

Bugs in the system: How do we make sense of recreational water quality? - Waiology

Waiology Oct 23, 2013

By Gary Bedford When it comes to recreational use of freshwater, are we swimming in mixed messages? Fairfax reported that ‘More than 60 per cent of monitored rivers in New Zealand are unsafe for swimming according to Environment Ministry figures’. Dr Mike Joy from Massey University reportedly stated that 95% of New Zealand’s lowland rivers fail … Read More

Telling the right story: same for sport as for science - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 22, 2013

Journalists will know that scientists can be grumpy over stories about science being told wrongly. Yesterday’s TVNZ coverage of the America’s Cup yacht race strikes me as an excellence example from sporting circles. The scene: It’s a misty day. Two large, very sophisticated, two-hulled (catamaran) yachts are out on the water racing. One team, … Read More