Academics and the Wild West of social media Academics and the Wild West of social media Driving Force April 15, 2014 I am a big proponent of academic scientists using social media (see 10 ways scientists can benefit from Twitter and How to start sharing your science on social media). Yet, I’ve also become more aware of the potential risks associated with the use of these new forms of communication. In this post I will share some cautionary tales about social media use as well as some thoughts on how to avoid such problems. Communicating science: Still talking to ourselves? Driving Force March 31, 2014 With the resurrection this month of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" on ten networks, the spirit of Carl Sagan’s work (one of my heroes) has again penetrated public consciousness. We used to hear about popularizers and public intellectuals. Explaining—no, demonstrating—examples of how science works was a gallant experiment in demystification. Authority in the modern age Authority in the modern age Driving Force March 19, 2014 In the age of online training, MOOCs, open-access journals, and other free resources, it can get overwhelming to find authoritative sources for learning. However, as writer Clay Shirky, a professor at NYU noted during his talk at Cornell University's Law Via the Internet Conference, the concept of "authority" is changing. Euthanizing Marius the giraffe: zoos, genetics, and conservation Capitol Connection February 24, 2014 On Feb. 9 staff members of the Copenhagen Zoo euthanized an 18-month-old giraffe named Marius, dissected his body in front of a live audience, and fed his remains to the lions. This has sparked a debate about the decisions zoos must make in the name of conservation. How to start sharing your science on social media 2014 Annual Meeting: How to start sharing your science on social media Friday, February 14, 2014 Some scientists have taken to social media like flies to honey, while others are more reticent. Social media maven Danielle Lee, Ph.D. is a role model for scientists looking to expand their social media presence and will give presentations at the upcoming AAAS meeting about how to get started in social media and how to raise STEM awarness in under-served audiences. AAASMC's Summer Allen spoke to Lee about what scientists can expect from social media and how to get started. AAAS MemberCentral: Every Scientist Has a Story AAAS MemberCentral: Every scientist has a story Download February 10, 2014 Each of the AAAS scientists profiled in this publication has a personal story of scientific discovery. A moment when their curiosity compelled them to pursue new knowledge about the world around us. We invite you to read about these AAAS member scientists and policymakers who are on the frontlines of science and society. Telling Your Story: A How-To Guide Telling Your Story: A How-To Guide Download January 31, 2014 This interactive guide on science communication provides highly nuanced information on everything from how to prepare for a talk to handling the Q&A period. This digital booklet also includes advice from AAAS members who share their wisdom earned through years of speaking in front of peers, colleagues, and audiences outside of the sciences. Science festivals offer outreach on a massive scale 2014 Annual Meeting: Science festivals offer outreach on a massive scale Monday, February 17, 2014 Even in the age of the Internet, many science communicators are finding that the best way to connect with people is in person. Science festivals are a way to do public outreach on a massive scale. There are more than one hundred large festivals each year, many of which attract crowds in the tens of thousands. Is the TED Talk 'middlebrow megachurch infotainment?' Is the TED Talk 'middlebrow megachurch infotainment?' Driving Force January 14, 2014 Right now, a thought provoking TEDx by UC-San Diego visual arts professor Benjamin Bratton is making its way around the web that criticizes TED for oversimplifying the complex and putting too much emphasis on feeling good. "TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. To me TED stands for: middlebrow megachurch infotainment," said Bratton in his 12-minute critique. Does Bratton have a case? Let's review. Your chance to be featured in Science Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Answer this question: If you had 5 extra hours per week to devote to advocacy for science, how would you use that time? at Make sure to enter by the 14th February.  A selection of the best responses will be published in the April 4th issue of Science. See results from the last survey at