Month: April 2017

Being Mindful of Color when Making Figures

Being Mindful of Color when Making Figures

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”      Communication in the written form is frequently accompanied by helpful graphics or attractive pictures. They help the writer explain a point or keep the audience interested. Dissemination of scientific information relies heavily on the use of…

Talking Science with Grandma: How to Communicate Science to the Public

Talking Science with Grandma: How to Communicate Science to the Public

Before we know it, it will be summer.  That means sunny days, flowers, barbecues, beach trips, and family reunions.  With family reunions comes having to explain to every cousin, aunt, uncle, and grandparent what it is that you actually do while you’re conducting research. At…

On News and Noise

On News and Noise

Fake news can’t be real… really. News by definition is “newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events.” If it doesn’t describe real events, then it isn’t news, but rather propaganda, misinformation, or gossip, right? Still, use of the term has ballooned…

When 2+2 Does NOT Equal 4: Dangers in Reducing Nutrition to the Sum of Its Parts

When 2+2 Does NOT Equal 4: Dangers in Reducing Nutrition to the Sum of Its Parts

A researcher is looking at preliminary data from the CARET study when he does a double-take.  He thinks: that can’t be right- people who supplemented with vitamin A have higher frequency of lung cancer and death than people not supplementing with vitamin A. But the…