All the Science That’s Fit to Blog – #MySciBlog Dissertation Talk

Posted 26 March 2015 by Paige Brown Jarreau


Below is a presentation that I recently gave to my peers at Louisiana State University, on the topic of #MySciBlog research. You may enjoy the information and a summary of the research I've conducted with the help of and generous science crowd-funders. (I'll post here when my dissertation manuscript is up at LSU for public to read!) Let me know if you have any questions! For more information, visit my figures at figshare.     ... Read more

Motivations to Blog about Science – #MySciBlog Data

Posted 21 March 2015 by Paige Brown Jarreau


Summary: Most science bloggers are motivated to blog by both internal motivations and external goals. In a survey of 610 science bloggers, bloggers most often mentioned having started their blogs to practice their non-technical writing skills and to educate or explain science to a non-specialist audience. Motivations to continue blogging differ slightly from motivations to start a science blog in the first place. What motivates science bloggers to blog about science? Why do they start their blogs, and what motivates them to... Read more

Crochet for Science and the Science of Crocheted Coral

Posted 19 March 2015 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Slide by S. Roosth. Photo by Paige B. Jarreau.

Crochet "life" in the form of coral reef art evolves just as real reefs do. Last week, Sophia Roosth, a historian and anthropologist of biology at Harvard University, gave a talk at Louisiana State University on an ethnographic study she has conducted with the creators of the Crochet Reef Project. Roosth's talk was a fascinating exposition of how collaborative science art projects like the Hyperbolic Crochet Reef adopt underlying principles of math, biology and natural selection while themselves evolving and developing emergent properties. Just as deep-sea creatures... Read more

Don’t Freak Out. Science Blogs are NOT Dying.

Posted 11 March 2015 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Image credit: Alexander Baxevanis, futureshape,

Today I came across Dynamic Ecology’s post Blogs are dying; long live (science blogs). In the post, Dr. Jeremy Fox writes about giving a talk here for an Ecology Center seminar at Utah State University. In the talk, he proposes (realizing that the statement is provocative) that blogs are dying. In his blog post, he cites several pieces of evidence including that there are fewer Google searches for the term “blog” today than in 2009. But what if people don’t... Read more

Funny things science bloggers say… #MySciBlog Bloopers

Posted 7 March 2015 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Welcome to the bloopers, or "blogpers," of #MySciBlog research! Below you'll find some of the excerpts from my interviews with science bloggers (or their open-ended responses to #MySciBlog survey) that I found particularly funny, clever, or at least smile-worthy. (And some that border on funny because of their 'reality'). Enjoy! What motivated you to start blogging? SOMEONE IS WRONG ON THE INTERNET! I blog because it's marginally more productive than firing Nerf projectile at communication devices when they make me angry. Oh gosh, how... Read more

How to Write a Dissertation without Going Nuts

Posted 2 March 2015 by Paige Brown Jarreau

A month and a half ago I started writing my dissertation. Data collection started about 10 months ago, and I was still deep in data analysis in January when I realized I was going to have to start writing as I was analyzing data in order to get this thing done in time. A draft will go to my chair on Friday! (Whoa.) What is a dissertation anyway? Google tells me it's "a long essay on a particular subject, especially one... Read more

Trip to the Museum – A Glorious Bird Collection

Posted 18 February 2015 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco). Image (C) Paige Brown Jarreau

Today, me and my students from #LSUSoMe (a strategic social media course in the Manship School of Mass Communication, LSU) took an Instagram field trip to the LSU Museum of Natural Science! While my students took pictures with their camera-phones (to practice their mad Instagram skills), I cheated and brought my Canon T3i and 100mm macro lens. LSU's museum of natural science is renowned for its bird collection and characterization of new species. The LSU Museum of Natural Science maintains one... Read more

Mapping a Social Network

Posted 6 February 2015 by Paige Brown Jarreau


Today, I am going to show you how to map a social network using NodeXL and Gephi. These are open source and free software packages that you can install on your PC (NodeXL runs only on PC) or Mac (Gephi runs on PC and Mac). There are many reasons you might want to map a social network. You may want to see if a particular group of Twitter users all talk to each other, or whether they form groups that talk among... Read more

Does Science Communication have Real Positive Impacts?

Posted 5 February 2015 by Paige Brown Jarreau

A Twitter Discussion ... Read more

Science Problems: Scientists fault education and media, but should they?

Posted 31 January 2015 by Paige Brown Jarreau


When it comes to problems for science today, scientists largely fault deficits in K-12 STEM education, public and media interest in science. But scientists should be asking themselves the hard questions. What have you done to advance the conversation? I'm going to keep this commentary brief, because dissertation writing calls my name. What I really want is for other science communication scholars to weigh in here on some of the Pew results concerning scientists' perceptions of public and media interest in... Read more