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Eric Biber Should environmental news coverage be in the science section?

A while back I wrote about how the New York Times’ environmental coverage had been in decline. The public editor at the Times has a new article stating that environmental coverage has recently increased substantially. I think that is a great thing. But I want to focus on another element … More >

Ana Aceves Preparing for Univision: Bringing science education to Spanish speakers

For 10 weeks this summer, I was living my career dream. I was scripting and producing science videos for Univision Noticias, a Spanish news network.

For the past 40 years, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has organized the Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship. It sends students … More >

Jane Hu How lingering on ‘extracurriculars’ led to a career

As a psychology graduate student, my main job was to conduct research studies. But over time, I discovered that what I really enjoyed was telling other people about scientific findings: giving talks at conferences, writing papers, or even just explaining my studies to participants.

As my interest in science communication solidified, … More >

Dan Farber From germ theory to global warming, science denialism is beyond parody

If you’re inclined to doubt science, why not start with the germ theory of disease? After all, isn’t it implausible that illness, death, and even mass epidemics are caused by tiny invisible organisms that invade our bodies?

19th-century French scientist Louis Pasteur, as painted by artist Robert Thom

And what’s the … More >

Rosemary Joyce Why fund studies of Maya architecture instead of saving lives?

That is the question two members of the current US House of Representatives pose in an opinion piece in USA Today, writing:

Congress is right to ask why NSF chooses to fund research on Mayan architecture over projects that could help our wounded warriors or save lives.

As an archaeologist specializing in … More >

Camille Crittenden International Day of the Girl: Why science and math programs matter

Late last year, the United Nations declared Oct. 11 the International Day of the Girl. Celebrated for the first time this month, the occasion aims to highlight the challenges girls face around the world to gain access to education and other basic rights, and empower them to advocate on their … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith How to actually read a racist book to your kid

On June 15, the novelist Stephen Marche published a thought-provoking piece in The New York Times entitled, “How to Read Racist Books to Your Kids.”

I empathized with the issues he faced — I’ve also felt ambushed by racist imagery when reading classic children’s books to my multiracial child — … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith What we Google when we Google ‘love’

Internet searches are a fascinating window into human nature and social trends. By analyzing Google searches, researchers have uncovered racial bias in elections and our most intimate sexual desires, as well as many, many consumer trends.

But recently, I discovered another kind of search trend: rising interest in “pro-social” emotions and … More >

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton What do we do when science contradicts itself?

Have you ever been annoyed by flip-flops in the scientific literature? Many people, for example, feel this way when it comes to nutrition science: diet advice, it sometimes seems, changes almost as fast as hardware from Apple.

It can make one wonder about– even doubt– the usefuleness of science.

And so it … More >

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