Tagged: science communication

Trust, as much as science, is at the heart of water management - Waiology

Waiology Mar 25, 2013

By Chris Arbuckle For many years now “Water User Groups” (WUG’s) have done a great job implementing community-based water management initiatives. And they have achieved this with the assistance of organizations such as the Landcare Trust, Crown Research Institutes, non-government agencies and regional councils. Projects on the Waituna Lagoon, Upper Taieri River and Aorere Catchment attest … Read More

Publish a 'popular science' version of your thesis? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 11, 2013

I know that would be asking students to do even more work (!), but give a gander at Oxford University geologist Jeannie Scott’s ‘for the public’ edition of her Ph.D. thesis on The Santiaguito volcanic dome complex, Guatemala (PDF file - an 8.8 Mb download). [caption id="attachment_10751" align="alignleft" width="300"] Santiaguito volcano, seen from the summit of … Read More

The role of science and science communication in setting environmental limits - Waiology

Waiology Mar 11, 2013

By Ned Norton and Helen Rouse In water resource management under the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS) (2011), limit setting refers to the process of defining the amount of the resource that is available for use (in terms of both quantity and quality) while still meeting defined freshwater environment outcomes. A collaborative approach to setting limits … Read More

Editors, producers, journalists: drop the false balance - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 08, 2013

If the ‘alternative’ viewpoint isn’t sound, there is nothing to report on the alternative viewpoint. For some things there are no sound alternative viewpoints. There seems to be a number of media personnel who feel obliged to offer ‘another’ viewpoint, as if everything were decided by opinion. It is, at best, lame … Read More

Students, early career scientists – win an iPad in writing competition - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 06, 2012

Want to win an iPad and show-off your science writing skills? Ph.D. students and early-career scientists (< 6 years post-Ph.D.) can enter an international science writing competition, Access to Understanding, run by Europe PubMed Central. The winning entry will  published in the new open-access journal, eLife (launching next week) with the writer winning an … Read More

Help TED.com editor tackle TEDx pseudoscience - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 04, 2012

Earlier today I received this comment from TED.com editor Emily McMagnus: Just dropping a note here, because this has been such a wonderful thread and community, to say: SIGH! Have you seen the latest outcropping of woo on TEDx? http://daurmith.tumblr.com/post/37026658753/an-angry-letter-after-tedxvalenciawomen It’s not possible for anyone to be more upset about this … Read More