Is Psychology really science? Why, yes it is!

Posted 18 April 2014 by Paige Brown

The following is a guest blog post by Tanya Karam, @PsychAllDay on Twitter. In my own research in science and environmental communication, I've recently discovered the importance of human psychology in understanding human processing of scientific information and human behaviors toward the environment. So I asked Tanya to write a blog post about the science of psychology... Enjoy! On the first day of the first psychology class I ever taught, before I was able to get through the syllabus, a student... Read more

OpenSciLogs is here: The Evolution of Popular Science

Posted 16 April 2014 by Paige Brown

The first #OpenSciLogs story project - meant to be participatory, "open notebook" science blogging - is here! Check out our Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign page, and participate in the story yourself via this Google Doc! Indiegogo Campaign Page: OpenSciLogs by is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. ... Read more

Teaching Science Socially: It’s (Not That) Complicated

Posted 8 April 2014 by Paige Brown

In her book It’s Complicated, Danah Boyd (@zephoria on Twitter) dispels many of the myths and misconceptions that parents, educators and journalists today perpetuate when it comes to teens’ use of social media. Teens are “addicted” to gadgetry for its own sake. Teens are “digital natives” adept at navigating virtual spaces and online information. Teens today don’t care about their online privacy. According to Boyd, these are just some examples of myths that don’t hold water when we consider empirical... Read more

I hear. I tweet. I learn. Teaching with Social Media

Posted 7 April 2014 by Paige Brown

"I hear. I tweet. I learn." The words of #Manship4002 Strategic Social Media student Bianca Zaragoza (@bianca_zara on Twitter) are a perfect summary of how faculty and students can use social media to enhance learning, collaboration and outreach. This morning, I gave an interactive lecture in #Manship4002 about using social media for education. During the lecture, I asked my students to offer suggestions of how their other teachers could use social media inside and outside the classroom to help them... Read more

Epic Video Games for Science

Posted 2 April 2014 by Paige Brown

Do you feel like this when you sit down to write a science paper, write a peer review or analyze your science experiment results? What if you could feel like this instead? As it turns out, video games are not a waste of time. In fact, if you talk to Jane McGonigal, world-renowned designer of alternate reality games, video games might be enabling the young and old alike to solve society’s most pressing problems, from climate change, to energy crises,... Read more

OpenSciLogs: An Experiment in Crowd-funded, Open, Participatory Science Journalism

Posted 28 March 2014 by Paige Brown

OpenSciLogs is a new project at designed to introduce crowd-funded, open, participatory science reporting to the science blogosphere and beyond. Each month (or so), an OpenSciLogs story project, lead by a selected blogger, will be introduced here and on the crowd-funding site Indiegogo (the first OpenSciLogs Indiegogo page to come soon). If and once funded, the selected blogger will lead his or her OpenSciLogs story project with open participation from other science writers and readers, with regular blog updates, social... Read more

Who Owns the Future of Science Journalism? (A secret introduction to OpenSciLogs)

Posted 26 March 2014 by Paige Brown

In his new book ‘Who Owns the Future,’ Jaron Lanier introduces the interesting idea that by expecting our news, our music, our online searches and online information in general to be free, we are undermining the very career prospects of those we look to for news, music and information. In fact, we are undermining our own ability to make careers as creatives; as writers, designers, journalists, artists, musicians. I can’t see this being any truer elsewhere than it is in... Read more

How I reached 2,000 Twitter Followers… for Science

Posted 21 March 2014 by Paige Brown

Sometime late last night I reached the big 2k on Twitter. Some may see this as child’s play, but 2,000 Twitter followers for a modest science communication enthusiast? Ecstatic! In honor of this milestone, I thought I’d share some lessons I’ve learned along the way about communicating science on social media. I’ve also learned a lot teaching Strategic Social Media #Manship4002 this semester, about best practices to engage your Twitter followers! Everything you say is public. Think before you Tweet…... Read more

Between Two Ferns, Obama’s Cool Factor and Cautions for Science

Posted 17 March 2014 by Paige Brown

“If the President [Obama] can take down Jimmy Kimmel, who gets paid million of dollars for hosting a late-night talk show, surely he should be able to handle Romney, whose rhetorical talents are, let us be kind, less fully developed.” – The New Yorker If there is an underlying message in Obama’s recent appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, it’s that the President is youthful, hip and can trade jokes with the best of us. He ‘gets’ us.... Read more

Science Friday: Things I’ve Learned about Science Journalism this Month

Posted 14 March 2014 by Paige Brown

This month, I’ve done a lot of reflection on science communication and the future of science journalism. It started with a Future of Media graduate course at LSU (for which, you might have noticed, I’ve been writing weekly blog posts on new media topics), and an assignment from EMBO Reports to write a ‘Future of Science Journalism’ piece. In the midst of all my reflections on where science communication and journalism is going, and could go, in the future, my... Read more