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Is US biomedical research heading for a breakdown?

Is US biomedical research heading for a breakdown? | Science Communication | Scoop.it
Senior researchers who helped build the system now think it's unsustainable.

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Reading List: Using Social Media for Research Collaboration and Public Engagement

Reading List: Using Social Media for Research Collaboration and Public Engagement | Science Communication | Scoop.it
The bulk of discussion around why academics use social media primarily focuses on social media as a dissemination strategy to get more citations and views of scholarly articles. But social media ha...
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Here is a list os posts curated by LSE on how researchers are using social media for collaboration and public engagement. Includes a list of how-to guides.

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Amazon.com: The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning - Marcelo Gleiser

The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning

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How To Stop Procrastinating And Build The Habit Of Writing

How To Stop Procrastinating And Build The Habit Of Writing | Science Communication | Scoop.it

PhD productivity and academic writing. Who doesn’t want to get better at both?

Olga Degtyareva is a PhD coach that specialises in productivity and beating procrastination. She has been coaching PhD’s and postdocs for many years. They all get fantastic results after working with Olga.

I decided to interview her because she is launching her new course “Start Writing And Get It Done“. In it she combines productivity and motivation advice to get you in the habit of writing daily.

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Recommendations from Science Communication Research for Health Services Policy Debates

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This paper highlights existing challenges for effectively translating and disseminating research. It offers alternative strategies for communicating expert knowledge supported by insights from science communication research and related fields. These strategies include investing in new frames of reference and cultural voices, proactively widening the menu of policy options under consideration, and investing in localized public and media forums that provide context on health care problems, encourage collaboration, and bridge several perspectives. Despite evidence supporting their efficacy, these communication strategies should not be seen as a silver bullet but instead as incremental steps that accelerate a long-term process of change.

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Science Communication to the General Public: Why We Need to Teach Undergraduate and Graduate Students this Skill as Part of Their Formal Scientific Training

Science Communication to the General Public: Why We Need to Teach Undergraduate and Graduate Students this Skill as Part of Their Formal Scientific Training | Science Communication | Scoop.it
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Irreproducible life sciences research in U.S. costs $28 billion

Irreproducible life sciences research in U.S. costs $28 billion | Science Communication | Scoop.it
Problems with preclinical research often stem from study design and experiments’ materials.
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Researchers identified four main causes of irreproducibility.

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Italian scientists vilified in wake of olive-tree deaths

Italian scientists vilified in wake of olive-tree deaths | Science Communication | Scoop.it
Police investigate researchers' role in devastating bacterial epidemic.
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‘Sleeping beauty’ papers slumber for decades

‘Sleeping beauty’ papers slumber for decades | Science Communication | Scoop.it
Some scientific studies are popular from the start, garnering multiple citations from other researchers. But others can languish as 'sleeping beauties' for more than a century before awaking to glorious approval, a study finds
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Fruit-fly paper has 1,000 authors

Fruit-fly paper has 1,000 authors | Science Communication | Scoop.it
Genomics paper with an unusually high number of authors sets researchers buzzing on social media.
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More than 900 undergraduate students saw their work acknowledged by being listed as co-authors of this paper. On the other hand, this raises questions on what paper authorship (and related metrics) really means.

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A Brief Guide to Designing Effective Figures for the Scientific Paper

Figures are often the first part of a scientific paper that is reviewed by the editor, and if the paper is accepted, often the first part examined by your peers. Figures should not be seen as decoration or as attention-getting visual attraction. Visual representations can convey facts, ideas, and relationships far more clearly and concisely than descriptive texto.
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Microwave oven to blame for mystery signal that left astronomers stumped

Microwave oven to blame for mystery signal that left astronomers stumped | Science Communication | Scoop.it
Australian scientists first detected interference in 1998, which they assumed was from lightning strikes, but earlier this year they finally found the real culprit
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RCR Casebook: Stories about Researchers Worth Discussing | ORI - The Office of Research Integrity

RCR Casebook: Stories about Researchers Worth Discussing | ORI - The Office of Research Integrity | Science Communication | Scoop.it

The ORI Casebook: Stories about Researchers Worth Discussing (Casebook) does just that. It not only raises awareness of the kinds of ethical dilemmas that researchers are liable to encounter, but it also provides a way for them to learn by working through the dilemmas.

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This is a very complete collection of stories to discuss research conduct. As stated in the introduction: "One of the best ways to explore these complex issues is through stories of cases in which researchers have had to deal with ethical problems and to find a way out of moral quagmires." An accompanying Instructors’ Manual is also available.  

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A thought on applied science

“I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.”

Henry Ford

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Successful Science Communication: Telling It Like It Is - David J. Bennett, Richard C. Jennings, Sir Walter Bodmer

Successful Science Communication: Telling It Like It Is [David J. Bennett, Richard C. Jennings, Sir Walter Bodmer] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the 25 years since the 'Bodmer Report' kick-started the public understanding of science movement, there has been something of a revolution in science communication. However
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Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything - Philip Ball

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Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything [Philip Ball] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With the recent landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, it seems safe to assume that the idea of being curious is alive and well in modern science—that it’s not merely encouraged but is seen as an essential component of the scientific mission. Yet there was a time when curiosity was condemned. Neither Pandora nor Eve could resist the dangerous allure of unanswered questions
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PLOS Computational Biology: Ten Simple Rules for Effective Online Outreach

PLOS Computational Biology: Ten Simple Rules for Effective Online Outreach | Science Communication | Scoop.it

Online science outreach is paradoxically both easy and difficult. While anyone can start a blog and post updates to Twitter, it can be extremely challenging to establish a long-term following and demonstrate solid measures of success. A daunting number of online tools and platforms exist, and choosing where to start can be a difficult task in itself (for an explanation and guide to online tools, see [1]). As practicing scientists who have contributed to the highly visited marine science blog Deep-Sea News (DSN) for up to nine years, we provide guidance on how scientists, who often have minimal excess time and more pressing priorities, can maximally utilize new media tools. Here, we describe ten rules for conducting effective online outreach, so that other scientists can also enjoy the advantages of disseminating their knowledge and expertise through social media.

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Rule 1: Stop Treating Outreach and Research As Separate Entities

Rule 2: Be Strategic. Be Deliberate

Rule 3: Find Your Niche and Story

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Rule 9: Iteratively Assess What Works and What Doesn’t

Rule 10: Create Prestige for Public Scholarship

 

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Handbook for Science Public Information Officers

Handbook for Science Public Information Officers | Science Communication | Scoop.it

Whether sharing a spectacular shot from a deep-space probe, announcing a development in genetic engineering, or crafting an easy-to-reference list of cancer risk factors, science public information officers, or PIOs, serve as scientific liaisons, connecting academic, nonprofit, government, and other research organizations with the public. And as traditional media outlets cut back on their science coverage, PIOs are becoming a vital source for science news.
W. Matthew Shipman’s Handbook for Science Public Information Officers covers all aspects of communication strategy and tactics for members of this growing specialty. It includes how to pitch a story, how to train researchers to navigate interviews, how to use social media effectively, and how to respond to a crisis. The handbook offers a wealth of practical advice while teaching science PIOs how to think critically about what they do and how they do it, so that they will be prepared to take advantage of any situation, rather than being overwhelmed by it.
For all science communicators—whether they’re starting their careers, crossing over from journalism or the research community, or professional communicators looking to hone their PIO skills—Shipman’s Handbook for Science Public Information Officers will become their go-to reference. 

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Wiley: Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields - Traci Nathans-Kelly, Christine G. Nicometo

Wiley: Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields - Traci Nathans-Kelly, Christine G. Nicometo | Science Communication | Scoop.it
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How to Write Your First Research Paper

Writing a research manuscript is an intimidating process for many novice writers in the sciences. One of the stumbling blocks is the beginning of the process and creating the first draft. This paper presents guidelines on how to initiate the writing process and draft each section of a research manuscript. The paper discusses seven rules that allow the writer to prepare a well-structured and comprehensive manuscript for a publication submission. in addition, the author lists different strategies for successful revision. Each of those strategies represents a step in the revision process and should help the writer improve the quality of the manuscript. The paper could be considered a brief manual for publication.

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Research groups: How big should they be?

Research groups: How big should they be? | Science Communication | Scoop.it
Understanding the relationship between scientific productivity and research group size is important for deciding how science should be funded. We have investigated the relationship between these variables in the life sciences in the United Kingdom using data from 398 principle investigators (PIs). We show that three measures of productivity, the number of publications, the impact factor of the journals in which papers are published and the number of citations, are all positively correlated to group size, although they all show a pattern of diminishing returns—doubling group size leads to less than a doubling in productivity. The relationships for the impact factor and the number of citations are extremely weak. Our analyses suggest that an increase in productivity will be achieved by funding more PIs with small research groups, unless the cost of employing post-docs and PhD students is less than 20% the cost of a PI. We also provide evidence that post-docs are more productive than PhD students both in terms of the number of papers they produce and where those papers are published.
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How to give more persuasive presentations: A Q&A with Nancy Duarte

How to give more persuasive presentations: A Q&A with Nancy Duarte | Science Communication | Scoop.it
Stepping onto the TED or TEDx stage -- or speaking in front of any group of people, for that matter -- is truly nerve-wracking. Will you remember everything you wanted to say, or get so discombobul...
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An interview with the "presentation lady"

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It Is, in Fact, Rocket Science

It Is, in Fact, Rocket Science | Science Communication | Scoop.it
The Darwin, Newton and Hawking of the myths received that instant gratification. The real scientists did not, and real people seldom do.
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5 Psychology Studies That Tell Us How People Perceive Visual Information - Piktochart Infographics

5 Psychology Studies That Tell Us How People Perceive Visual Information - Piktochart Infographics | Science Communication | Scoop.it
How do we intepret what we see? The answer will help us in visual information design. Here are 5 psychological studies that reveal some remarkable insights on how people perceive visual information.
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A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage

A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage | Science Communication | Scoop.it
The weekend before a TED conference, each speaker rehearses their talk in the TED theater. It’s a chance for the speakers to get to know the space, for our curators to give last-minute suggestions ...
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Dealing with nerves when speaking in public.

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Inoculating against science denial

Inoculating against science denial | Science Communication | Scoop.it
A small dose of a weak form of anti-science can inoculate people against the real thing, just like a vaccine.
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Interesting idea: if giving more facts doen't help fighting science denial could innoculation with small doses of denial help? 

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