I spent the day in Washington D.C. yesterday. My SciBlings Matthew Nisbet and Chris Mooney were speaking at the annual meeting of the AIBS (that’s the American Institute of Biological Sciences). The subject: How to communicate science effectively.
They make a number of persuasive points, and I certainly agree with their basic thesis. Scientists definitely need to be savvier in dealing with the media than they historically have been. But I’m still a little suspicious of some of their suggestions about evolution specifically. A bit too much “Lay off the religion!” for my taste.
It was nice having a chance to talk to them in person, however. If they’re coming anywhere near you, I recommend going to some effort to see the presentation.
And, as an added bouns, Tara Smith of Aetiology was there! Had a chance to chat with her for a few minutes. So that’s three science bloggers I’ve actually met in person! Just 60+ to go…