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The announcement is dated January 6, 2010, but the report itself is dated July 2010. In any case it’s new to me, so I thought I would run through some interesting points. Here’s the citation (as much as I can tell): Proctor,R., Williams,R. & Stewart, J. (2010). If you build it, will they come? How…

Academic study?

Another brief observation. I was just reading a popular cooking/recipe magazine and they mentioned that the New York Board of Health did an “academic study” of the new nutrition labeling laws. ARGH. I don’t like calling scientific research “academic study” because to me that implies: 1) it’s academic – it’s a pursuit for it’s own…

More on Geobloggers

Anne Jefferson from Highly Allochthonous pointed me to a new essay from Geoscientist Online, the member magazine of the Geological Society (UK). That essay points both to the survey of women geobloggers (previously mentioned here) and a survey done by Lutz Geissler, Robert Huber, and Callan Bentley. (probably haven’t mentioned before). In the Geoscientist essay…

One thing that kind of bugs me is that people answer the question “what impact has your funding had" with things like “I hired 3 postdocs and 2 support staff.” Dr Lane talked about this at the workshop, but to some extent, I don’t think her solution actually got at the bigger problem: societal impact.…

(I’m posting things from my old blog while I’m on a much-needed vacation) This originally appeared December 21, 2007 Implications of newer models of popularization of science for science library collection development* When we look at science communication – communication about science or by scientists – we normally divide that into communication among scientists (scholarly…

So often we hear of large studies like the GSS being used for attitudes towards science. We also hear the results of science achievement metrics and are disappointed. This article provides a great mix between generalizable quantitative understanding gained through use of a validated instrument and more individualized understanding gained through qualitative research using a…

I’m not an expert on public understanding of science or science communication; however, I’ve certainly read enough to know that some of the statements constantly being rehashed are not only out of date, but have been repeatedly discredited through peer-reviewed empirical research. (to be fair – I, too, trotted out some of these ideas before…