So, as you might have seen from the picture, I crashed PZ Myers’ recent talk at the Society for Developmental Biology. He said a lot of good things – about science communication and the need to make a more direct connection between scientists and the general public, among other things. But the one thing really stuck with me was his direct call out for scientists to blog and tweet.
I feel the exact same way, but moreover, I think graduate students need to take on the challenge. Why grad students? Well, a number of reasons. For one, let’s be honest: our generation is just more tech savvy than the generation of scientists that came before us – such is the nature of technology – so we’re going to have that advantage. But perhaps I said it best in a previous post:
As students, you are the future of science. Before long, you will be lead authors on the papers that everyone blogs about. You, more than any science writer out there, know the business. You are trained to see with a critical, scientific eye, and because of that, you automatically have a unique and important perspective on science.You understand the methods used in your field; you are so well versed in the basic principles you can teach them in your sleep; and you, more than anyone, are 100% qualified to act as a bridge between practicing scientists and the rest of the world.
Your voice is not only valid, but necessary to bringing the science back into science communication.
But as PZ said, it’s not just about blogging – it’s about engaging the public audience across platforms, and in particular, through twitter. So what I want to do is put together a twitter list of science grad student bloggers so that everyone can easily find them.
So know any? Or are one? Add twitter handles in the comments, and I’ll add them to the list.