Crystal Dilworth explains why doing science is only the first part of the job. You’ve got to communicate it, too.
Crystal Dilworth recently completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Neuroscience at Cal Tech. Her research has focused on the molecular basis for nicotine dependence. An accomplished life-long dancer, Crystal now choreographs Cal Tech’s musical productions. That’s right, she teaches other scientists to dance… and they’re good!
Technology is changing, and more and more people are communicating with emoticons. But are these emoticons changing our brains? Anthony reports on an interesting new study that shows how we’re starting to perceive emoticons as real facial expressions.
Do low views on YouTube mean you’re a bad filmmaker?
Why is it that sometimes you just can’t get views on Youtube? What is it that makes a video go viral? If you get a lot of views, does it mean you’re a good filmmaker? Gosh, what filmmaking you-tuber hasn’t thought of these questions as they browse around. This is a bit of a side-tracked thought here, but I wanted to share it. It comes with some great news from Haley and I. Hope you enjoy, and please comment, subscribe and share!
When it comes to reading science news, how do you weigh the good from the bad? In the world of instant Tumblr/Facebook/Twitter sharing, how can you tell what’s good science? Here’s my tips for honing your BS detector.
I think we all know someone who needs to watch this … no?
Alternate title: “Press releases are not journalism”
Alternate alternate title: “Never read The Daily Mail”
This was an incredibly difficult video for me to write and record. I haven’t been this uncomfortable or nervous about an episode since we decided to launch the Wolf series. I did it because I know my fellow female creators are with me: these comments are not easy to ignore, and they do have a negative impact on our desire to make videos and blaze trails.
Things can be said about women being more sensitive than men, or that men deal with these comments too, or that we should just accept that they’re going to happen.. but if I do, I’ll quit. If I accept that this is just part of the deal, this is what it is and always has been, it’s a requirement of my job to toughen up and barrel through, I won’t be able to continue. The remarks are enough to make me want to throw my hands up and retreat to a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere. If the compromise is that I need to become desensitized, I would probably just do something else instead.
Let’s not create that kind of environment for our peers. Let’s be supportive, encouraging. Focus on the content, not the presenter. Ignoring the fact that these comments are uncomfortable is dismissive and counter-productive: let’s have less tolerance for both those comments, and the apathetic attitude attached to how they affect our community.
And, please: check out the women in the video description for more fantastic channels to subscribe to.
David Nutt: John Maddox Prize winner 2013
The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, whilst facing difficulty or hostility in doing so.
This year’s winner is David Nutt of Imperial College London. David works tirelessly to promote the science of drugs to the public and policy makers. In this Nature video, we hear why the former UK government drugs advisor deserves the award.
The John Maddox Prize is a joint initiative of the journal Nature, the charity Sense About Science and the Kohn Foundation.
Can art save lives? Not exactly, but our most prized professionals (doctors, nurses, police officers) can learn real world skills through art analysis. Studying art like René Magritte’s Time Transfixed can enhance communication and analytical skills, with an emphasis on both the seen and unseen. Amy E. Herman explains why art historical training can prepare you for real world investigation.
Adam Savage, Phil Plait, and Veronica Belmont Talk Science
Adam joins Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy blog) and Veronica Belmont on stage at Dragon*Con 2013 to talk about the challenges and responsibilities of communicating science to the public in popular media. Just how much science are viewers supposed to take away from an hour-long television show?
(Apologies for the audio quality, as the convention could not provide a direct audio feed for this panel.)
How to talk to your Republican Father about Climate Change
Huffington Post reporter Kate Sheppard explains how she found common ground with her dad on the issue of global warming. This talk is from an August 15 event held by Climate Desk—in collaboration with thirstDC and the Science Online Climate conference—to showcase new and innovative communication about climate change.