NASA Communications Consultant Linda Billings 5 Things About Me: NASA Communications Consultant Linda Billings Member Spotlight July 17, 2014 AAAS Fellow Linda Billings has a unique job that combines her love of science and her background as a journalist. When she isn't busy consulting about communication issues for NASA's astrobiology and near-Earth object programs, she can be found listening to Jimi Hendrix or Lila Downs.  Tim McClanahan works to save coral reefs using the language of science Tim McClanahan works to save coral reefs using the language of science Member Spotlight July 14, 2014 Sometimes scientific data can be used to tell both sides of a story. Sometimes it’s the very thing that bridges divided interests, offering real-world solutions that speak where words have failed. AAAS member Tim McClanahan was banking on that in 1994 when he invited a disgruntled group of traditional Kenyan fishermen to meet with him and marine resource managers to try to hash out new fisheries management practices. He was stepping into the middle of a fire storm. Getting Published: Finding collaborators, submitting papers, and the review process Podcast January 00, 1970 Getting published is one of the critical milestones in any research career. Whether you’re submitting to peer-reviewed journals, or open-access titles, your ability to attract funding, get tenure, or even land an interview at a biotech firm, can depend on what you have published. With so much at stake, it’s critical to understand the ins-and-outs of the publishing process. High-Level Scientific Talks: How to give powerful, dynamic presentations to further your career Podcast January 00, 1970 Being able to effectively communicate your science is an essential part of being a successful researcher, whether you are giving an address at a seminar, a job talk for an academic position, or presenting a poster at a conference. If you are struggling to find your voice, or simply need to refine your skills, this installment of the AAAS Career Webinar series can help. 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.