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Resource of the Week: National Academies discussion of new report, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine”

Image: screenshot from event announcement *Register ASAP if you are interested. There are limited spaces for both in-person and webcast.* From the National Academies’ event announcement: “Discussion and Response to the Report Tuesday, June 26, 2018 9:00 AM – 3:15 PM PT Irvine, CA How can academic institutions and other industries improve in the #MeToo era? Join us on June 26, 2018, 9:00 am…

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#MySciComm: Sara Kuebbing on transitioning from management to research and scicomm about invasive plants

This week, Dr. Sara Kuebbing, of Plant Love Stories*, responds to the #MySciComm questions! Sara Kuebbing is a plant ecologist and conservation biologist who adores chickadees and mayapples. She is delighted to join the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Biological Sciences this fall as an Assistant Professor. Sara’s most recent #MySciComm adventure is propagating Plant Love Stories, a website devoted…

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Resource of the Week: Is there any evidence linking creativity and mood disorders

Image: screenshot from the article “The Romantic stereotype that creativity is enhanced by a mood disorder is dangerous, and dissolves under careful scrutiny.” from @aeonmag As we’ve recently shared, stereotypes about who is or can be a scientist, who is or can be an artist, and how stereotypes of creativity play into these identities can be problematic. That’s why Christa…

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Resource of the Week: CLIPS website teaches core communication skills for science professions

Image: screenshot from the website CLIPS: Communication Learning in Practice for Scientists CLIPS is a website focused on communication skills common in the sciences – writing, presentations, posters, graphing, etc. The website features interactives, tips, checklists, videos, and more. The authors of the site, all faculty at University of Queensland, say, “As scientists, we all know the importance of communicating…

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Book cover: Talk Like TED

SciComm Lit Review: Jennifer Purrenhage reviews “Talk like TED: The 9 public-speaking secrets of the world’s top minds”

When I first read this book, I was so inspired that I set out to transform every lecture in my Gen-Ed course into a TED talk. ~ J. Purrenhage What is the reviewer’s motive (expertise, curiosity, sharing lessons learned, etc.) and perspective (research scientist, educator, science communicator, etc.)?  I am a scientist and a science educator. As a lecturer in…

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Announcing new SciComm/Engagement Lit Review series!

Our SciComm/Engagement Lit Review series launches this week! The Lit Review series features contributed reviews of books and other scicomm and engagement resources. Reviews provide unique content about lit that has direct or indirect relevance to the wide range of scicomm careers, approaches, and interests of Section members. We seek SciComm/Engagement Lit Reviews (book review-style), and we welcome co-authored reviews.

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Inspiration and Encouragement for New and Potential SciComm-ers: #MySciComm 2017 in Review

Retrospective by Jennifer Purrenhage, series co-editor and Communication and Engagement Section secretary Bethann Garramon Merkle’s recent #MySciComm 2017 Year in Review highlighted takeaways from our 2017 contributors on building human connections through scicomm. As I looked back on the 2017 #MySciComm contributions, an additional set of theme emerged from our contributors. They offered advice and encouragement for those of us…

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