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The Science of Science Blogging Literature

Posted 30 October 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Science Blogging. Shutterstock: http://ow.ly/C0dcG

This morning, Antoine Blanchard tweeted to me a SUPERB list of scholarly articles on science blogging! @FromTheLabBench Here is a comprehensive list of references on science blogging should you need it http://t.co/eyGsdq4dE7 #MySciBlog — Antoine Blanchard (@Enroweb) October 30, 2014 I thought I'd re-create his list here, with links to the full-texts that I could find. I've also included a few of my own citations. This list should be helpful to anyone studying the science of science blogging, like me! Or, just... Read more

Nanoscientists Among Us… as Science Communicators

Posted 28 October 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Gold Nanocages all in a row. Transmission Electron Micrograph, prepared by Paige Brown Jarreau.

“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

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

Posted 25 October 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Robert Couse-Baker, Flickr.com.

Today, I launched my first Experiment.com 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

Risk Communication and Ebola

Posted 18 October 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

The fight against Ebola in Guinea. European Commission DG ECHO, Flickr.com

Just this past week, I gave a lecture on risk communication to the students of Coastal Environmental Communication (#SciCommLSU) at the Manship School of Mass Communication. I found myself comparing our relatively low concern with serious, long-term environmental impacts in coastal Louisiana with our irrationally high concern over low probability risks, including coming into contact with the Ebola virus while in the U.S. Seeing the current state of overblown fears over Ebola in the U.S., when that concern would be much more constructively channeled into efforts... Read more

A Science Journalist’s Chances

Posted 6 October 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

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Frank Nuijens, @FrankNu on Twitter, recently pinged me in a tweet featuring an infographic that one of his Masters of Science Communication students created after reading my EMBO Reports article on the future of science journalism, An Explosion of Alternatives. Intrigued, I got in touch with the student, Benjamin Mul, to ask if he could talk to me about his graphics, shown below. Frank is a science journalist and founder of ScienceOnline Leiden, the Dutch community of people communicating about... Read more

As Ebola Arrived, the Texas Public Health Lab was Ready

Posted 2 October 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Testing of the first German BSL-4 Laboratory. Rolf K. Wegst, Flickr.com.

Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Michelle M. Forman. Michelle is the senior media specialist for the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), a nonprofit membership organization representing the laboratories that protect the health and safety of the public. Often referred to as the “unsung heroes of public health,” the public health laboratories protect the public against diseases and other health hazards, ranging from testing of water, food, dairy and environmental products to investigation of newly emerging infectious diseases. ... Read more

I’ve Never Been On a Top Twitter Science List

Posted 1 October 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Listen. http://ow.ly/Cab4o

I've never been on a 'top scientists to follow on Twitter' list. (I might now be on a #WomenTweetScienceToo list on Twitter somewhere, but not any published articles featuring a 'list' of science people to follow on Twitter, that I know of). When I was a 'younger Tweeter', I would quickly look over new lists I saw popping up in published articles and science blogs, just to see if, in some crazy alternate reality, I might be included. But of course I... Read more

Scientists, We Do Trust You, Even If You Could Be a Little Warmer

Posted 27 September 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

How trustworthy would you rate this scientist? Image: Chesapeake Bay Program, Scientist in dive gear, Flickr.com

In a study published online before print in PNAS on September 15 this year, Susan Fiske and Cydney Dupree from the psychology and public affairs department at Princeton University explore how credible, warm and competent Americans find scientists. Why? Because in their expanding role as communicators, scientists need to engage people’s emotions and values as well as their ‘brains.’ And to do so, scientists as communicators need the public’s trust. “Science communicators try to persuade the public that they are... Read more

Science Blogging Tips from Mass Communication Students

Posted 26 September 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Science Blogging. Shutterstock: http://ow.ly/C0dcG

Paige Brown Jarreau: This is a guest post by Maddie Duhon, Kathryn Courtney and Savanna Ronco, students of #SciCommLSU, a coastal environmental communication course I currently co-teach at the Manship School of Mass Communication. These students are mass communication undergraduates interested in learning how to communicate about science. This week, they were tasked with surveying a sample of blogs/posts from the science blogosphere and coming up with their own tips to engage readers. Their responses are included with their permission here.... Read more

Outbreak Abroad

Posted 24 September 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Sierra Leone, into the Ebola epicentre, by European Commission DG ECHO Flickr Image.

How do journalists in different nations report infectious disease outbreaks? "Outbreak. The word spawns chills and premonitions of hacking coughs, boils, oozing sores and death. Emerging viruses in the Middle East or East Asia, such as MERS and H7N9, are certainly frightening, but how does the coverage by outsider media compare to the sentiments of those reporting from ground zero of an epidemic? This story concept spawned from a conversation that I once had about the taboos instilled against certain regions by global news coverage of infectious disease outbreaks.... Read more