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The authors thesis is that the only mandatory communication of results is in peer reviewed journal articles. Scientists aren’t required to do other communicating and often leave communication to the public to the media. They ask if is this is adequate given the very low percentage of scientific articles that ever make it into the…

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…

Myths abound about how scientists do not talk with the media or communicate with the public and if they do so, it is only because they are required to by funders’ "broader impact" requirements. The evidence, however, does not support this view. This article is another in a series of communications based on a multi-national…

Sometimes you have to just let go and release something to the wild. I have mentioned on a few occasions a qualitative study I did prior to the network study. To be honest, I think I actually did it in the Fall of 2007 ?! I thought (and was encouraged to believe) that I could…

Should we talk about disciplines?

In “common parlance” we throw around chemistry, biology, physics, and all, sort of throwing off the diversity within these disciplines. Gosh, in my comps I answered (or attempted to answer) a question about how useful it was to talk about “scientists” and non-scientists. Going the other way, I’ll frequently discuss “research areas” or “invisible colleges”…