Tag: Scientific Communication

A picture is worth a thousand words…or more

A picture is worth a thousand words…or more

“Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” This timeless expression first appeared in a 1911 Syracuse Post Standard newspaper article. If you ask Mohamad Elgendi, he’ll say it’s more like 10000 words, based on how fast our mind processes words vs. images. Although true…

Fun Facts About Cephalopods

Fun Facts About Cephalopods

Class Cephalopoda is home to some of the most intelligent and mysterious critters in the sea. Including species of octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus, cephalopods are a type of mollusk that have have lost their hard outer shells. Cephalopods get their name from the Greek…

Rural Internet Access and Diversity in STEM

Rural Internet Access and Diversity in STEM

It is no secret that many STEM fields, especially physics and engineering, suffer from a lack of equal representation by race, ethnicity, and gender. Approximately 75% of all physics degrees go to white scientists, and 80% of those degrees to go men. While much of…

Thank you to the 2016-2017 SWAC Executive Board

Thank you to the 2016-2017 SWAC Executive Board

The 2017-2018 SWAC executive board would like to give a big thank you to our 2016-2017 board members who retired their positions this year! The last academic year was a huge success and we could not have done it without you. These board members worked…

How Improv Comedy Can Make You a Better Science Communicator

How Improv Comedy Can Make You a Better Science Communicator

As scientists, we strive to communicate complex ideas to diverse audiences while seeming both confident and enthusiastic.  No wonder public speaking can be overwhelming and fear-inducing.  Could we all be better communicators if we practiced our improv skills?   Six-time Emmy award winning actor Alan…

Synthetic Chimeras: Separating Science from Science Fiction

Synthetic Chimeras: Separating Science from Science Fiction

Earlier this year, scientists from the Belmonte lab at the Salk Institute (La Jolla, CA) reported the first successful grafting of human stem cells into pig embryos. In other words, they were able to merge human stem cells with a nonhuman embryo to create an organism called…

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…

The March for Science Raises Concerns Over Politicization

The March for Science Raises Concerns Over Politicization

The March for Science has drawn widespread support from a community anxious about the state of science under the new Trump administration. But while many are strongly in favor of such a march, the event has spurred a debate among scientists about what the role…

To Drink or Not to Drink?

To Drink or Not to Drink?

Every day the media bombards consumers with different recommendations regarding the amount of food to consume, important micronutrients to keep in mind, and general advice about what you should be putting into your body. It can be difficult, regardless of background, to discern which of…