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Screenshot from IDP website; reads: About IDP. Beneath, a large black circle has the words equity, dignity, and respect written in white letters. the I, D, and P, in the respective words is indicated in red.

Resource of the Week: A Tool for Facilitating Dialogue Across Difference

The Intergroup Dialogue Project website indicates that IDP was founded as a series of undergraduate-focused courses and resources at Cornell University (2012). By 2016, IDP had developed “the first and only graduate and postdoc dialogue program in the country.” Beyond the programs and courses IDP offers at Cornell, they provide an overview of their core tool, the LARA Method: Listen,…

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Resource of the Week: Student-led initiative transforming PhD/postdoc training

In this article in Nature Biotechnology, Maximiliaan Schillebeeckx, Brett Maricque, and Cory Lewis detail: The limited availability of academic positions vs number of PhDs granted per year; What a group of PhD students and postdocs at Washington University-St. Louis are doing to expand their training and career options in light of the academic job market. Broadly, the authors call for grassroots…

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Resource of the Week: Helping grad students pursue non-academic careers

In this post, Dr. Jeremy Fox shares notes from a talk by Dr. Anne Krook (former UMichigan prof, also a former Amazon, Mindbloom, and Synapse exec, and more). Krook consults with organizations and companies to better support women in the workplace. She provides free resources for students and early career professionals, including undergraduates and recent graduates, on her website. Key…

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Resource of the Week: Truth in Science (Neither Absolute Nor Timeless)

In this article from Aeon, Dr. Michela Massimi takes on the essential-yet-complex role of truth in science. Philosophical, thought-provoking, and essential reading. Lots to ponder in here about how truth gets portrayed, how perceptions of what is true change, notions of truth vs. consensus, and the implications of these nuances and fluidity for public trust in science.

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Member Highlight: Introducing newly elected C&E Section Officers

In our February 2019 newsletter, we introduced our newly elected Communication & Engagement Section officers. They will join the leadership team in August 2019. Below are their responses to the elections nomination form questionnaire. Robert Newman, 2019-2020 Chair-elect Describe who you are and your interests in science communication and engagement. I am a professor in the Biology department and Fish and Wildlife…

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Resource of the Week: Visualization Tips for Small Data Sets/Sample Sizes

According to Tracey L. Weissgerber, Natasa M. Milic, Stacey J. Winham, and Vesna D. Garovic, proper representation of small data sets and sample sizes allows accurate interpretation. Doing so, they assert, requires displaying continuous data. But, they write, “Most papers presented continuous data in bar and line graphs. This is problematic, as many different data distributions can lead to the same…

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Resource of the Week: Webinars from Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting

Excerpt from website: “Metcalf Institute webinars feature leading scientists, policy makers, and communicators in a variety of fields to help news consumers make sense of complex science and environment issues.  The seminars are archived on Metcalf Institute’s YouTube channel. Metcalf Institute webinars are part of our Climate Change and the News Initiative, developed to assist journalists in covering the science and impacts of…

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Voting closes tomorrow. Cast your vote for the C&E Section’s next officers.

If you are a current Section member, please check your inbox for an email with a link to the voting form. Voting* will close on February 12, 2019. Section officer elections are key, and your vote matters. Officers: plan a lot of the annual meeting trainings, collaborate with other sections and governance committees to ensure comm & engagement topics are…

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Graffiti painting of the word VOTE

Last chance: vote today for the next slate of C&E Section officers!

If you are a current Section member, please check your inbox for an email with a link to the voting form. Voting* will close on February 12, 2019. Section officer elections are key, and your vote matters. Officers: plan a lot of the annual meeting trainings, collaborate with other sections and governance committees to ensure comm & engagement topics are…

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Resource of the Week: Atomic Hands ASL accessibility for STEM

According to their website, Atomic Hands‘ mission is: “Atomic Hands is committed to increasing public accessibility to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through American Sign Language and fostering collaboration and networking opportunities among current and future Deaf STEMists.” Their website includes resources for communities, K-12 schools, and universities, along with ASL Stem dictionaries and more.

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