I recently attended a large synthetic biology conference. Pam Ronald, a renowned plant pathologist who is also known for being outspoken about genetic engineering gave one of the keynote addresses. As one of the few people from a plant biology background in the room, what happened afterwards surprised me. Dr. Ronald’s talk focused on the…
Many people, especially scientists, seem to assume that science denialism is a republican problem. In addition to being untrue, this assumption can be counterproductive.
The AAAS Mass Media Fellowship places scientists in newsrooms for 10 weeks. Every grad student/postdoc should consider applying.
The Conversation is a non-profit organization that helps academics write news articles. Writing about your research for The Conversation is a no-brainer. It’s relatively easy to do, helps non-scientists appreciate your research, and brings your publications to the attention of other scientists.
Media coverage of your publications will increase readership among scientists and enlighten non-scientists about the value of the work you do. Only a minority of publications catch the attention of the press, but there are steps you an take to put your work in the spotlight.
This fun, simple hands-on activity helps students understand the difference between plant breeding and genetic engineering.
Hands-on activity to help teach the central dogma of biology to K-12 students.
This post will explain the types of science communication careers out there and how to prepare yourself for them. Scroll to the bottom for a table comparing different scicomm careers on the basis of job security, compensation, competition, and potential for working remote.