Women in Science: Fixing the Leaking Pipeline

Watch the full video of the Australia-hosted Science Breakfast on women in science that took place this summer during #lnlm14. Our friends from the Australian Academy of Science have recently uploaded the whole event on their YouTube channel. The Science Breakfasts at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are discussion sessions hosted by our academic partners or sponsors. These sessions often cover specific scientific topics in detail and usually feature an interesting panel of participants who come from diverse backgrounds. The Science... Read more


Nanoscientists Among Us… as Science Communicators

“The communication of scientific findings with lay audiences has taken on heightened importance in recent years and scientists are now frequently being asked to play the role of public communicator for their work.” – Michael A. Cacciatore In a recent letter in Nature Nanotechnology, Anthony Dudo and colleagues survey nanoscientists as public science communicators. I can especially appreciate their results, because I used to be a nanoscientist myself! That was my past life. In fact, if you look back to the... Read more


Droughts and fish highways

"I grew up on the shores of Connecticut looking into tidal pools and wondering about the plants and animals living there: where they move to when the tide goes out, and from when the tide comes in, and why. Once I even tracked my cat out my 3rd floor window and onto the roof to see how she accessed my bedroom at night. So I’ve always been curious about movement patterns in nature. The whys and hows of nature are... Read more


Sciencebloggers and SIWOTI – A Science Communication Research Project

A couple of days ago, Paige Brown Jarreau, my Scilogs co-blogger ("From the Lab Bench") and our intrepid, supportive, Scilogs-Community Manager, launched her own crowdfunding project on to fund her research work on science communication. It is a worthy effort, and her results will be Open Access, which is an awesome plus. Please do visit her blog as well as the project page to support her endeavor if possible. In her survey (duly approved by the IRB of her institution),... Read more


Birdbooker Report 344

SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read more


Outbreak Abroad: Kerry Sheridan, AFP

Wire services ride the front edge of breaking news. Health and science reporter Kerry Sheridan explains how Agence France Presse or AFP tracks the Ebola outbreak with lightning speed. Prior episodes of Outbreak Abroad   Q&A Sheridan began working for AFP or the Agence France Presse about 10 years ago. The newswire is one of the largest in the world -- 200 bureaus cover 150 countries. Sheridan’s first assignment landed her in Cyprus, as a foreign correspondent in their Middle... Read more


The MIDAS touch: NIGMS Propels Infectious Disease Research To Golden Age via Computational Modeling

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), was established in 1962 via an Act of Congress for the "conduct and support of research and research training in the general or basic medical sciences and related natural or behavioral sciences", especially in areas which are interdisciplinary for other institutes under the Act, or alternatively, which fall under no institute’s purview. In these 52 years, the NIGMS has acquitted itself laudably... Read more


10,000 and Counting!

On October 25, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new statistics on the Ebola Outbreak. Ebola continues to spread. The BBC has reported that a 2-year-old girl, daughter of a deceased Ebola victim from Guinea, was transported more than 1,000 miles from Guinea to a city in Mali. It's believed that the child was symptomatic during the journey, potentially exposing hundreds of people to infection. One wonders why this child was not quarantined after her mother's death a few... Read more


Something is wrong on the Internet! What does the Science Blogger do?

Today, I launched my first project for crowd-funding my scientific research. To new beginnings! The goal of my research project is to understand how science bloggers choose what to write about. This research project is the subject of my Ph.D. dissertation in science communication at Louisiana State University. The role of science blogging and science bloggers is expanding and diversifying today. More Americans get their science news online and via social media than ever, and much of that is now coming from... Read more


Morsels For The Mind – 24/10/2014

Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur &... Read more


Rules for Ebola Protective Gear Were Vague

“Even a single health care worker infection is one too many.  We may never know exactly how that happened, but the bottom line is that the guidelines didn't work for that hospital," said Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recently the CDC changed their personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for health care workers treating Ebola patients. The old guidelines did not make it clear that medical staff should cover every inch of skin when caring for patients with... Read more


The Oscar Pistorius Verdict and Theory of Mind

On 19 August 2013 Oscar Pistorius was officially charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Paralympic champion admitted shooting her on Valentine's Day but denied murder, saying he believed she was an intruder. On 12 September 2014 the judge ruled out murder by dolus eventualis – that is, that Pistorius foresaw his actions in firing four shots into the door could have led to the death of the person behind it but went ahead and fired anyway:... Read more


Personalized Medicine Changes the View on Disease – and Ourselves

When anyone of us is confronted with a cancer diagnosis, we want the best possible care. Nowadays, doctors often test the tumor’s genome, its receptors and its sensitivity to antibody treatment. Forty years ago, there were only ‘one size fits all’ cancer treatments – some patients survived, many died. Today doctors can not only treat the tumor, but can also predict which drug will be most likely to prevent the cancer from coming back; for this, the patient’s genome needs... Read more


Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature (Part 9) with Scott Mandia

Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Kirk Englehardt (@kirkenglehardt). Kirk is Director of Research Communication and Marketing for the Georgia Institute of Technology. He blogs about strategic communication & #scicomm on LinkedIn and The Strategy Room.  He also curates and shares #scicomm content, which can be found on Flipboard, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook.  Introduction In this series of interviews, prominent climate scientists share how and why they communicate, the risks they are taking by publicly engaging in the climate discussion, and how... Read more


A Case for Anonymous Open Review

Posted by Tom Webb in Mola Mola

I recently reviewed a manuscript for the pioneering journal PeerJ. This presented me with a quandary. PeerJ’s experiment in open reviewing is nicely outlined in their recent post, and includes two steps: reviewers can sign their reports, and authors can publish the review history alongside their accepted paper. My quandary was this: I love the second idea, and think it is an important step forward in opening up the peer review process; but I don’t like to sign my reviews.... Read more