Author: Ada Hagan
Editors: Whit Froehlich, Scott Barolo, and Irene Park
I doubt Dr. Shaena Montanari ever thought that a single Twitter conversation would earn her 3,000 new followers (1,000 within two hours) and help launch a new hashtag. But that’s what happened when she replied to a political tweet that mentioned velociraptors.
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By Kevin Boehnke
Over the past months, I went to several scientific conferences on a covert mission. While I was technically there to learn and discuss my work, I wanted to find out why so many academics avoid engaging with the public about their research.
I ambushed scientists at happy hours, in lounges set up for networking, and other social events. Every chance I had, I asked, “Do you try to engage with a broad, non-scientific audience about your research and ideas?”
While many scientists I talked to thought scientific communication and engagement were important, they didn’t do it themselves. When possible, I asked why they didn’t.
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By Bryan Moyers
We’re not teaching enough science in universities.
Now, I know, the humanities have been under attack for some time now. Politicians have disparaged them , and some science popularizers have even suggested  that science has eclipsed them. This pervasive attack has even included the NSF reducing funding for political science . Continue reading “Opinion: The case for stronger STEM curriculum”