Scientists talk about their research because they want their expertise to guide real-world decisions.
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A survey of over a thousand scientists reveals that their goal when communicating about their work is to help the rest of us make evidence-based decisions that draw on scientific findings.
Rains regularly displace thousands in Africa.
Communities prepare better for flood disasters when they have been actively involved in communicating information.
For immigrants like Juana, from El Salvador, migration – not coronavirus – is the main cause of separation from family. Norwalk, Connecticut, March 25, 2020.
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What international families can teach the rest of us about sustaining long-distance relationships.
You have a lot of work to do before you step up to the mic.
Connecting with an audience in a productive way can mean first figuring out what they think, feel and believe before you start sharing your message.
Humanoid robots at an international robotics competition in Tehran, Iran, during 2014. Students from 22 countries, including Canada, were competing during the three-day event.
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In their relentless pursuit of research commercialization, and bigger robots, universities might miss the real opportunity of technology - to make our world a better place.
High level interpersonal and problem solving skills are what will make you employable in a digital world.
Despite the hype about STEM skills, research shows interpersonal, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills will make you more employable in the 21st century.
Planning a communication strategy isn’t unethical.
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Scientists who engage with the public may have goals about influencing policy or behavior. But they also need to think about the short-term objectives that will help get them there.
Rhetoric can teach scientists how to effectively communicate what’s going on in the lab to the rest of us.
If you’ve only ever paired the idea of ‘rhetoric’ with ‘empty,’ think again. Rhetoricians of science have concrete techniques to share with researchers to help them communicate their scientific work.
What happens to their credibility when scientists take to the streets? February 2017 Stand Up for Science rally in Boston.
The research community tends to assume advocacy doesn’t mix with objectivity. One study suggests there’s room for scientists to make real-world recommendations without compromising their trusted status.
‘Going forward’ is a boardroom and husting escapee that has now made it big time in the workplace, and even outside.
When they start life, clichés are fetching and memorable phrases. But overuse has sucked them of vitality – and now they walk among the living dead.
Yeah, I’m not hearing that.
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Quirks of human psychology can pose problems for science communicators trying to cover controversial topics. Recognizing what cognitive science knows about how we deal with new information could help.
Taking stock of what we know works… or not.
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Now that we’re in a post-truth world, a timely report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine highlights evidence for what works and what doesn’t when talking about science.
External stressors might have more to do with a low-income couple’s success.
Relationship education programs are meant to strengthen low-income couples, with the idea children would benefit. But focusing on communication skills overlooks what really matters to these Americans.
Scientists need to learn how to hit other communication goals.
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Broader goals like building trust, fostering excitement about science and influencing policy decisions don’t necessarily just fall into place when researchers focus only on describing their work.
Early interventions can help children with autism build social and communication skills.
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Autism is usually diagnosed between the ages of two and five. But studies show therapies delivered earlier in childhood could help children at risk of developing autism.