Tagged: science communication

Scibloggers clean out science communication awards cupboard - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Nov 29, 2012

I spent an enjoyable morning at the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes where the glow of last night’s premiere of The Hobbit was obviously still buoying attendees – particularly the Prime Minister, who at one stage suggested there were “cauldrons of opportunity” in science. Professor Shaun Hendy The PM’s Science Prizes spell the end of the science awards season, … Read More

Open Access – A Challenge - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 28, 2012

This post originally appeared on the Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand website as part of Open Access Week. A few days ago I was asked what my role is in science. It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately*. So, who am I and what is my role? I am a publicly … Read More

Communicating data clearly - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 25, 2012

Correct and appropriate presentation of graphs matters. It’s worth taking time to consider how to present your data, to convey the information clearly in a way that is readily perceived and accurate. Not just for scientists, either. Graphs are used ubiquitously, after all. [caption id="attachment_10074" align="aligncenter" width="640"] 'Convincing', xkcd. Original: http://xkcd.com/833/[/caption] On-line there is some … Read More

Here's my number, so call me maybe? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 22, 2012

Researchers can give their number[1] and maybe that glamorous research journal or laboratory will call them sometime, maybe. ORCIDs are the thing, here. Open Researcher Contributor IDs.[2] Researchers can tag themselves with a number and use this to identify themselves and their work. You can also use the directories to find others with shared interests. A … Read More

Should all research papers have a 'Limitations' section? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 09, 2012

Would it help scientists, peer-reviewers, editors and writers (including reporters) if research papers included a section outlining the weaknesses of the work presented in a research paper? Last month I covered a paper analysing media reporting of subsequent and related findings, published in PLoS ONE. Towards the end of this paper was a section titled … Read More

Thoughts on scientific abstracts also a science writing check-list - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 02, 2012

I would strongly encourage research students, scientists and science writers to read Noah Gray’s excellent piece at the Huffington Post science section. Titled Abstract Science, it takes apart the key elements of good scientific abstracts. Those that write science for general readers, including on blogs, should read it too. In breaking down his example abstract … Read More

Survey – communicating earthquake-related science - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 26, 2012

Join a survey aiming to improve the science communication of natural disasters. What do you believe is important when the science of earthquakes and ways of minimising earthquake-related disasters are being communicated? The survey is looking for adults of all ages and walks of life, from NZ or overseas so head on over and take part. Full details … Read More