Friday, September 4, 2009

Amy's second assignment

Here is the library link to the Science in Public book we read for this week if you would like to check it out.

And here are your assignments for this week:
  • Start reading science blogs and leave a comment to this post naming your favorite and explaining why. Here is a good post on how to find science blogs.
  • Also look at some blogs or websites on science communication and leave a comment about that here as well.
  • Check out the COPUS website.
And here is some reading for next week on effective science writing. Both of these books are in the AU library:
Leave any comments or questions you have in the comments section of this post. I will be checking it each day (no pressure).


  1. the "Science-Based Medicine" blog site was very easy to navigate and contained many topics, so that when I wanted to read about "vaccines" or "public health" i was able to easily pull up all of the blogs/articles. The postings that i did read were engaging and appeared accurate and well-put-together. The website also lists all of the editors and staff members, the majority of which are MD's or PhD's.

    I also liked the "Molecule of the Day" blog, found on the scienceblogs site. This blog was short, simple, and interesting. It presented science in a very non-threatening, approachable, fun, yet intelligible manner, and was, I thought, intriguing for all audiences. It also contained links within the text which made understanding easy. The problem with this blog was that the author does not post consistently.

  2. When reading some blogs regarding science communication, it appeared the most common methods of communicating science to the American public is through publication. According to "Science Communication Review" one method currently being pursued in Ireland is the use of science videos and films as well as more broadcastings of science in television programs. The use of film appears to be a very good means of science communication, even in the US.

  3. How about finding some good examples of science film and video over the next week. A colleague of mine, Randy Olson, left a tenure track job in science to go to the USC film school. I met him as his TA for the marine bio class he taught at USC while he was in film school. He has some of his older videos on You Tube, a recent movie on creationism/evolution debates, and writes quite a bit about science communication. See what you can find out about him.