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#MySciComm: Tatiana Eaves on making the jump from science to science writing and editing

This week, Tatiana Eaves responds to the #MySciComm questions!  Tatiana is a biologist, photographer, and freelance science writer living in the Washington D.C. metro area. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology, with a concentration on ecology and evolution, from Appalachian State University and minored in Geographic Information Systems. She currently writes for Ricochet Science and the Ecological Society of…

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October 2018 newsletter

Happy November! We are excited to bring you a Communication and Engagement Section update. In this newsletter you will find: ESA news: ESA elections, ESA 2019, Section membership, and more Resource Highlights: MySciComm, Lit Reviews, Resource of the Week Professional Development Opportunities: Give a webinar or write a grant ICYMI Follow this link to read the full newsletter.

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2018 Annual Section Business Meeting (via Zoom)

In lieu of a business meeting at ESA 2018 in New Orleans, we have opted to hold a digital business meeting. Our objectives are to make this meeting accessible even to members who may not have been able to attend if we held the meeting during #ESA2018 in New Orleans. Please mark your calendars for December 6 at 12:00 PM…

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Resource of the Week: 10 (ten) simple rules for drawing scientific comics

Excerpt from the paper Ten simple rules for drawing scientific comics: There are few scientists who haven’t heard of Randall Munroe, the artist behind the web comic “xkcd,” which features amazing graphic explanations on everything from climate change to data storage. These comics are widely appealing to a diverse audience and are posted on walls in laboratories and pubs alike. The ideas…

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screen shot of a graphic displaying many careers that scientists have today, in sectors including policy, writing, education, medicine, science, art, engineering, law, and business.

Resource of the Week: Academia just one of many routes for scientists (a graphic)

In the wake of #ImmodestWomen and other discussions about non-academic careers* pursued by those trained in the sciences comes a new graphic from the American Geosciences Institute. It is a timely and useful illustration of the many ways that science training can be, and is, a powerful component of careers in many sectors. Where do you fit on this inter-locking wheel?…

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#MySciComm: David Bowne on being an undisciplined professor

This week, Dr. David Bowne responds to the #MySciComm questions!  David is an Associate Professor of Biology at Elizabethtown College, an ecologist, an author, and a happy husband and father of two. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, a M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia, and a B.S….

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Resource of the Week: The science supporting work-life balance and declining productivity after 40 hours/week

  Science communication and engagement, whether they are a full-time job or part of a job with additional responsibilities, take a lot of time to do well. So, Dr. Katie Grogan’s tweet thread about work-life balance and productivity which declines after working 50+ hours per week caught our attention. Throughout the thread, Dr. Grogan cites and links to articles from Nature,…

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Screenshot of "Scientist Sees Squirrel" website, which includes site title, tagline "Seldom original. Often wrong. Occasionally interesting." as well as a banner image of the author (from the back/left) looking out into a scene of hills, trees, and a snow-covered mountain.

Resource of the Week: Stephen Heard on why we should all have a “publication power-of-attorney” lined up

In a thought-provoking post about a problem few of us likely consider, Dr. Stephen Heard encourages us all to establish a power-of-attorney authorizing co-authors to proceed with publishing if we are unavailable (but not dead). He writes, “If a coauthor is unavailable for a few weeks, there’s rarely any harm in simply waiting for their return. However, when unavailability is…

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September/October 2018 newsletter

Our latest newsletter is out! Check it out for an update about ESA 2018 and 2019 annual meetings, the most recent posts in our MySciComm, Lit Review, and Resource of the Week series, and more. And, click here to subscribe directly. — Here’s more information about the difference between our newsletters and our blog publications.

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ESA 2018 Wrap-Up

Wowza, ESA 2018 was epic! There were nearly 40 sessions that related to communication and engagement, careers, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Your C&E Section officers led, co-organized, or presented in 10 sessions, and section members were active in several more. We also led an invited workshop for ESA’s first career fair, held as part of the annual meeting. And,…

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