Scicomm on Stage: Faculty and Students Compete for Top Communicator Crown

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Science communication was in the spotlight during the 2017 Research Dialogues event, which took place at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga April 11-12.

The two-day event celebrating research, scholarship and the arts included three competitions where student and faculty researchers had only minutes to offer a compelling plain English description of their work. They included an undergraduate lightning round competition, a 3 Minute Thesis competition for graduate students, and an Elevator Pitch competition for faculty.

As a science communication geek, I love that this university puts on an event like this and focuses attention not only on the research – but also how the research is communicated.

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Video: The Problem With Thinking You Know More Than the Experts

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By PBS NewsHour on YouTube

“More and more, people don’t care about expert views. That’s according to Tom Nichols, author of “The Death of Expertise,” who says Americans have become insufferable know-it-alls, locked in constant conflict and debate with others over topics they actually know almost nothing about. Nichols shares his humble opinion on how we got here.”

Higher Ed Highlights #4: Stories for University Communications and Marketing Professionals

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Keeping up on higher education and Marcom trends is important for those of us working in university relations roles. I have started saving some of the stories that seem most relevant and/or interesting, archiving them here on marcommunique.com in a new series I call Higher Ed Highlights.

New editions of Higher Ed Highlights will be published as often as time permits. Let me know what you think.


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Higher Ed Highlights #3: Stories for University Communications and Marketing Professionals

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Keeping up on higher education and Marcom trends is important for those of us working in university relations roles. I have started saving some of the stories that seem most relevant and/or interesting, archiving them here on marcommunique.com in a new series I call Higher Ed Highlights.

New editions of Higher Ed Highlights will be published as often as time permits. Let me know what you think. Continue reading

Seven Things to Keep in Mind if You’re Going to March for Science

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by Will J Grant, Australian National University and Rod Lamberts, Australian National University

On April 22 scientists around the world are downing microscopes, pipettes and lasers and declaring it’s time take a public stand and be counted. Standing shoulder to shoulder with their scientific kindred, they’ll raise fists to the sky, united with one voice and shouting “science is… [insert message here]!” The Conversation

The question is: what is the message?

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