Archive for March 2012
This is a crowd-sourced blog post created at the #nsfmessenger conference to explain the importance of scientists engaging in communication.
A new wave is sweeping the scientific community. Now more than ever before, researchers are being called upon to communicate—and indeed, fame and even scientific citations seem to accrue to those who do so successfully.
But this isn’t just about becoming the next Neil Tyson or Brian Greene. It’s about Thomas Jefferson’s “well-informed” public. More public communication efforts about science are essential to the future well-being of the U.S.
Consider: A more scientifically literate electorate is crucial to informed policy-making regarding science-related issues like climate, energy, and food production. Read the rest of this entry »