This #WorldOceansDay I'm inspired by all the dedicated people working everywhere to understand and protect the dominant geographic feature of our planet. So today I'm going to be tweeting about just a few of those people to spread the news of their good deeds
I had the pleasure of sitting down with @nujournalism's @serrano_alej to talk about how I broke into science journalism. It ended up being a conversation about writing – the joy and the struggle. I thought I'd share a few of the things we discussed. #scicomm
Scratch the itch: After a few years working mostly in the animal facility in the gene therapy department at @WeillCornell, I was itching to start a writing career. I started a blog called Freestyle Science. It was crap. But it got me writing.
There's always time: Fit writing into the interstitial spaces of life. Sure you have a 9-to-5, or you're rolling burritos 6-to-3, or you're giving guitar lessons on the weekends to a savant on the Upper East Side. If you love writing, you'll make the time.
Tuesday’s topic: researcher’s engagement in #scicomm. We’ll touch on a few subjects: S1/ why should (or not) researchers get involved? S2/ researcher vs #scicomm skills, what is important to know when engaging the public? S3/ what motivates/prevents researchers engagement?
Well I know I just started, but I will actually pause since it’s a very involving first @ScienceShakers I’m attending!
Kudos to the organizers of this first #scicomm community meeting in Paris #scienceshakers
When I started the @CercleFSER, I tried to look at what was already being done, to not replicate it. Basically I tried to apply this big picture framework I had used in research: are there big holes in what is being done and low hanging fruits that can be leverages?
Monday, first topic: the journey to #scicomm.
There are plenty of ways to be involved in scicomm, as shown by the variety of hosts for this account.
I’ll discuss how I went from research to #scicomm, but I am curious about you.
What is your primary occupation?
If #scicomm is your primary occupation, which background do you have ?
If research is your primary occupation, what kind of #scicomm/outreach are you mostly involved in?
The young woman gets her feelings hurt and, with the guidance of older, more prominent women, they organize a social media campaign against the male "perp" (often adding texture to the story by turning him into a "perv").
The women, now organized and believing that they are doing some serious good for all women, make something like a phone tree, and shamelessly RECRUIT other women to "come out" with more stories about the unacceptable behavior. Some women want "in."
When we think of #Classics, ancient texts are often prioritized. Animals were an important topic for ancient authors
For example, according to the TLG the lemma hippos (horse) is the 13th most common term in Homer’s Iliad (417 mentions). Horses were important to epic warfare
It’s no surprise that animals – especially plow oxen – are important to Hesiod’s agricultural poem Works and Days
But texts don’t tell the whole picture about #AncientAnimals
Pigs are only mentioned once in Hesiod: boars should be castrated on the 8th day of the month (WD 790)
This thread is an excellent response to this problematic article and I would highly recommend reading through it. One specific aspect that alarmed me in the op-ed was the patronizing language used and I want to expand on that a bit
The article author writes of women #scicomm instagrams being full of “pretty selfies, fun videos, and microscope images captioned with accessible language and cute emojis.”
She closes the article out with, "Publicly documenting the cute outfit I wear and the sweet smile I brandish in the lab isn’t going to help me build a fulfilling career in a field where women hold less senior positions, are paid less, and are continuously underrated.”
The idea of "keeping your twitter account academic" came up at today's social media session at #ORS2018. I'd like to push back against that a little. (a thread)
PEOPLE do science. We are not machines, we have hobbies, we have things that we care about. While our institutions do (and probably should!) keep their accounts "strictly science," as individuals, I think we need to use our platforms differently
Stand up for things that you believe in--science funding is important, but so are the people who do science and who are impacted by science. Use you platform to advocate for making science a more inclusive place, and show those interested in science that there IS a place for them
Next, Lesley Yellowlees, former president of @RoySocChem, whose favourite place to think is the shower, loves Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and says a @TakeThat gig was 'the most uplifting thing I’d ever seen'