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The Science of Science Communication II

Successful scientists must be effective communicators within their professions. Without those skills, they could not write papers and funding proposals, give talks and field questions, or teach classes and mentor students. However, communicating with audiences outside their profession – people who may not share scientists’ interests, technical background, cultural assumptions, and modes of expression – presents different challenges and requires additional skills. Communication about science in political or social settings…

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NCI releases Team Science Toolkit

Members of the NCI Tool Kit editorial board just published an article in the American Journal of Public Medicine (reference below).   This article describes the National Cancer Institute’s “Team Science Toolkit” and how it can be used to help with with team science initiatives.  It’s designed to help a variety of team science stakeholders (from investigators to administrators to translational partners).  It’s organized around three main types of resources: (1)…

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PopSci remove comments, PubMed adds them

The Need for a Comments System We all read a lot of papers and often have useful things to say about them, but there is no systematic way to do this – lots of journals have commenting systems, but they’re clunky, and, most importantly, they’re scattered across thousands of sites. Journals don’t encourage critical comments from readers, and letters to the editor are difficult to publish and given too little…

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International OA Week Oct 21-27

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results…

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Apply for Support for a New Festival

The Science Festival Alliance (SFA) is currently seeking applications from new science festival initiatives in US communities with a relatively small resource base interested in receiving matching funding, mentoring, and travel support. The support is available thanks to the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Application details and instructions Download 2013 SFA Application for Sloan Festival Support Each science festival will begin as and remain an independently organized…

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Alan Alda isn’t interested in your scientific mumbo jumbo

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — Among the procedures Army surgeon Hawkeye Pierce performed on “M.A.S.H.” was an end-to-end anastomosis. Most of the viewers, actor Alan Alda concedes, had no idea he was talking about removing a damaged piece of intestine and reconnecting the healthy pieces. Today, the award-winning film and television star is on a mission to teach physicians, physicists and scientists of all types to ditch the jargon and…

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