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To tweet or not to tweet…at conferences

Live-tweeting, whether a department seminar or a conference talk, is one of the most powerful aspects of academic Twitter I’ve witnessed. It’s not an easy skill, but it’s worth cultivating, because it has tremendous value in bringing exciting research to a broad audience. Instead of the twenty to two hundred people […]

How can scientists actively engage with the media?

A young white man wearing a lab coat, gloves and goggles is busily explaining science to a young white female with a notepad who looks bored and discouraged. The conversation is taking place in a lab.

I’ve been following a number of scientist-journalist discussions in the last year in various places, including ScienceOnline2012, in the blogosphere, and on Twitter. Increasingly, I’ve come to suspect that there is often a profound lack of understanding of the respective professional cultures of scientists and journalists, which has important relevance to the […]

Why did I start blogging?

I’ve been selected as a finalist for the CollegeScholarships.org Blogging Scholarship! You show your support for The Contemplative Mammoth by voting for me here from now until November 23rd. (Update: due to ballot stuffing– not for my blog– all votes have been re-set to zero, and there’s a new ballot. […]