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screen shot of several tweets discussing work-life balance. All text of these tweets is available at the link provided in the post accompanying this image.

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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Resource of the Week: Neurocomic (visual scicomm, inspiration)

Image: screenshot from the book’s website Looking for inspiration for how to communicate about the complex topics you study or work to share? We recently came across a graphic novel that might give you ideas. From the publisher: “Do you know what your brain is made of? How does memory function? What is a neuron and how does it work?…

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Resource of the Week: “Rapid Ecology” blog (resource & publishing opportunity)

Image: screenshot from the submission guidelines page From Rapid Ecology’s About page:  “Why Rapid Ecology? Science community blogs are often driving the conversation among ecologists, yet most of us do not have access to publishing in blogs. The visibility of a major blog shouldn’t be a resource limited to a small number of people. If you have something to say, and you’d like…

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Resource of the Week: The Dangers Of Hidden Jargon In Communicating Science

Image: screenshot from the article Excerpt from the article: “…the most dangerous kind of jargon isn’t the kind we notice. It’s the kind that slips by. When technical definitions hide behind words we use in everyday speech, the opportunities for miscommunication abound. The expert thinks she has been clear; the recipient thinks he has understood. And yet, both could be…

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Resource of the Week: “This article won’t change your mind and the facts on why facts alone can’t fight false beliefs”

Image: screenshot from the article Listen to the audio version This article delves into scientific explanations for the truth in this quotation (in the article): “A man with a conviction is a hard man to change,” [Leon] Festinger, Henry Riecken, and Stanley Schacter wrote in When Prophecy Fails, their 1957 book about this study. “Tell him you disagree and he turns away….

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Resource of the Week: Not “othering” the “general public”

Image: screenshot from the article Article about scientists’ relationship with non-specialists which takes the stance that “What some scientists seem to have forgotten is that each one of us is a member of the ‘general public’ in infinite contexts.” This is a philosophy we ascribe to in the Communication and Engagement Section, so we’re curious what you think of this…

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