Science Communication Resources for Scientists
Communicating with the Media
- AAAS Media Interview Tips (PDF)
- Dean, Cornelia. Am I Making Myself Clear? A Scientist’s Guide to Talking to the Public. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009.
- Hayes, Richard and Grossman, Daniel. A Scientist’s Guide To Talking With The Media: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 2006.
- Zielinska, E. “Why Trust a Reporter?” The Scientist 24: 40 (1 Sept. 2010).
Social Media for Scientists
- Bik, H.M. and Goldstein, M.C. (2013) An introduction to social media for scientists. PLOS Biology 4: e1001535
- Darling, E.S., Shiffman, D., Cote, I.M., and Drew, J.A. (2013) The role of Twitter in the life cycle of a scientific publication. Ideas in Ecol. Evol. 6: 32-43, doi: 10.4033/iee.2013.6.6.f
Creating a Compelling Talk
- Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Communicating Science: Giving Talks
- Olsen, Randy. Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in An Age of Style. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2009.
- Schatz, G. (2003) How (Not) to Give a Seminar FEBS Letters 534: 5-6.(PDF)
Science Communication for Scientists: Training and Resources
- Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers - Created by the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology and the National Science Foundation, this website’s resources include webinars, how-to tips for media interviews, strategies for identifying public outreach opportunities, and more.
- AAAS Force For Science Toolkit, 2017
- Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
- Annual workshop at MBL: “Writing About Science for the Public”
- ComSciCon: Annual communicating science workshop for graduate students (Harvard University)
- Broader Impacts Group (organized by MIT-WHOI graduate students)
- Aldo Leopold Leadership Program
Science Literacy; Public Perceptions of Science
The Science of Science Communication:
References from Liz Neeley, Executive Director, The Story Collider
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- Berger, Jonah A., and Katherine L. Milkman. “Social Transmission, Emotion, and the Virality of Online Content.” SSRN ELibrary, December 25, 2009. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1528077.
- Dahlstrom, M. F. “The Role of Causality in Information Acceptance in Narratives: An Example From Science Communication.” Communication Research 37, no. 6 (December 1, 2010): 857–75. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093650210362683.
- “Using Narratives and Storytelling to Communicate Science with Nonexpert Audiences.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, no. Supplement_4 (September 16, 2014): 13614–20. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1320645111.
- Dahlstrom, Michael F. “The Moderating Influence of Narrative Causality as an Untapped Pool of Variance for Narrative Persuasion.” Communication Research 42, no. 6 (2015): 779–795.
- “The Persuasive Influence of Narrative Causality: Psychological Mechanism, Strength in Overcoming Resistance, and Persistence Over Time.” Media Psychology 15, no. 3 (July 2012): 303–26. https://doi.org/10.1080/15213269.2012.702604.
- Dahlstrom, Michael F., and Shirley S. Ho. “Ethical Considerations of Using Narrative to Communicate Science.” Science Communication, 2012, 1075547012454597.
- Fiske, S. T., and C. Dupree. “Gaining Trust as Well as Respect in Communicating to Motivated Audiences about Science Topics.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, no. Supplement_4 (September 16, 2014): 13593–97. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1317505111.
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- Heider, Fritz, and Marianne Simmel. “An Experimental Study of Apparent Behavior.” The American Journal of Psychology 57, no. 2 (April 1944): 243. https://doi.org/10.2307/1416950.
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