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Communication: Spontaneous scientists

Communication: Spontaneous scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Some think that researchers can improve their communication by flexing their improvisation skills.

A circle of scientists is gazing skyward, as if watching a ball fly through the air as they play an animated game of catch. But there is no ball — and this game is serious work. It is part of an exercise to help 12 scientists at the University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center in Farmington to boost their communication skills. (...) - by Rachel Bernstein, Nature 505, 121-123 (2014), 01 January 2014

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Too much hype

Too much hype | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists have to promote their work. But they should fight the pull to oversell it, says Monika Maleszewska.

If you had asked me a few years ago what makes a scientist, I would have said curiosity. Now, after almost three years pursuing my PhD, I would probably say political skills. Genuine curiosity does indeed make a good scientist, but the ability to promote one's work makes a successful one. (...) by Monika Maleszewska, Nature 500,113 (2013), 31 July 2013

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