The following links and resources are what I have collected throughout the past few years working as a science communicator. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Science Communication in Canada
Science and Social Media
Science Festivals in Canada
Gender Issues in Science
Open (Science) Education
Careers in Science
- The Science Media Centre of Canada
- Canadian Science Writers’ Association
- CanComm Forum: online forum set up by Mike Spear and Sarah Boon
- Science Communication in Canada Google Community: an online community I moderate with Lisa Willemse
- Science Borealis: the Canadian Science Blogging network, an aggregator for Canada’s own science blogging talents.
- The Science of Science Communications YouTube List, Sackler Colloquia of the National Academy of Sciences (US)
- Journal of Science Communication (JCOM) – Open access (yay!) journal for science communication
- Science Communication – closed access (boo…) journal for science communication
- Duke Graduate School Science Writing Resource – might seem like it is for more technical writing, but many tips and rules apply to general science communication.
- Scientists and journalists need different things from science series: 1) To Read, or Not To Read a Paper (and Can You Understand It)?; 2) Power-blogging Outreach to The Media; 3) Science blogging in the New Zealand media by the Nature Soapbox Guest blog
- Relevant articles:
- How can scientists actively engage with the media? by Jacquelyn Gill, The Contemplative Mammoth
- Why Scientists Should Publicize Their Findings-–for Purely Selfish Reasons by Matt Shipman, Scientific American Guest Blog
- The Vicious Cycle of Physics PR by Chad Orzel, Uncertain Principles – Science Blogs
- The role of twitter in the life cycle of a scientific publication by Emily S. Darling, David Shiffman, Isabelle M. Côté, Joshua A. Drew. Good article for those who don’t see a point with twitter (I was once asked by a faculty member, “why bother?”) (June 21, 2013)
- Engage Talks: Top Ten Tips on Social Media on Podcasting News from the University of Oxford with podcasts
- ScienceSeeker: online science blogpost aggregator
- 10 ways scientists can benefit from Twitter on AAAS Member Central
- A guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities by the London School of Economics and Political Science (Apr 24, 2013)
- Social Networking for Scientists a beginner’s guide from Social Networking for Scientists: a Wiki (Apr 24, 2013)
- An Introduction to Social Media for Scientists by Holly M. Bik and Miriam C. Goldstein, published in PLOS Biology (Apr 25, 2013)
- Building Your Academic Profile by UBC Library
- A Brave New (online) World: Emerging Technologies at the Intersection of Science, Policy, and Rapidly Changing Media Environment: presentation by Dietram Scheufele, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Slides available here.
- Research articles and reports:
- Journalism and Social Media as Means of Observing the Contexts of Science (pre-print) by Allgaier et al
- The Impact of Economics Blogs by David McKenzie and Berk Özler
- Informal Science Education Evidence Wiki – “The goal is to provide easy to read summaries of evidence that characterize the benefits and outcomes of ISE experiences,” useful for writing grants for outreach activities.
- Let’s Talk Science – Our Research: LTS conducts annual survey on topics relevant to science outreach. 2010 – Teen Perspectives on Science; 2011 – Parent Attitudes toward Science Education. I quotes these data in grant applications in the past.
- How to Smile: a searchable collection of science and math activities
- Scientific American – Bring Science Home
- 10 YouTube Channels That Will Make You Smarter: I am not sure about “smarter” but these channels have some really awesome science videos!
- Around the Dome in 30 days: British Columbia, end of Sept – Oct
- Festival Eureka: Quebec, June
- Science Rendezvous: Canada wide, May
- Beakerhead: Calgary, September
- Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics by The American Association of University Women
- Women in Science Special Feature by Nature
- Project Implicit Tests – proceed and then take the Gender-Career test to discover your attitudes toward or beliefs about these topics
Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students published in PNAS by Moss-Racusin et al.
- Bibliometrics: Global gender disparities in science by Vincent Larivière, Chaoqun Ni, Yves Gingras, Blaise Cronin& Cassidy R. Sugimoto, published in Nature | Comment (Dec 21, 2013)
- My series on how gender bias in science is studied: Part 1. Surveys Part 2. Existing Data Part 3. Experiments Part 4. Future (Dec 21, 2013)
- Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): edX, Coursera, Udacity, Khan Academy
high in Online education? by Michael A. Cusumano
- Open Culture – Online Courses Collection
- Open Educational Resource
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- My overview about the current status of Open Access in science. Why Do Scientists and Aaron Swartz Care So Much About Open Access: I. The Issue II. Problems III. Solutions?
- Nature Special: The Future of Publishing (Apr 6, 2013)
- SHERPA/RoMEO Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving database
- How to read a paper collectino by the British Medical Journal
- How to read a scientific paper by Science Buddines
- Testing Treatments: Explains how new treatments are tested, and how one can verify the reliability of the evidence
- Science Careers Individual Development Plan
- How to break into science writing using your blog and social media (#sci4hels) by Bora Zivkovic
- Upcoming Science Writers On How To Pitch To Science, Nature And Others by Khalil A. Cassimally with a link to a public Google sheet containing very useful info for those interested in stories to mainstream science publications. (Apr 6, 2013)
- Academia.edu: develop your online academic profile