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Mar
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Science and Storytelling: The use of stories in science education

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Last year, I had a chance to speak at TEDxQueensu . My basic premise is this: Science is awesome, but science needs to do a better job of communicating that awesomeness to non-scientists. We’re sitting on the frontiers of human knowledge, and yet we cannot get others as excited about this issue that we’re very, very passionate about.

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Experiment’s first peer review

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Experiment (formally Microryza) has had its first crowd-funded project peer-reviewed. This is great news in the fight for the acceptance of crowd-funded research within the traditional/established scientific peer review system.

“Professor Dan Jaffe at the University of Washington has announced that they’ve published the results of their funded study in a peer-reviewed journal. Over 271 people came together to enable the research at $20,529.”

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Mar
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Inspiration | Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus

On 02, Mar 2014 | No Comments | In Thesis | By Steven Burrows

I really like the aesthetics of Patrick Clair’s work. It might be a bit to stylish for the scientist audience, but I think the animations are very engaging, and it delivers a LOT of information in a easy to understand story. The Data visualizations are great. He also did “How Green is your Internet“.

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Feb
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Meeting with Michelle Carpenter

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I met with Michelle immediately after Michael. She liked the workshop idea a lot, and thought it had a lot of long term implications as something I could pursue after graduation. We talked about some possible additional exercises and topics I could incorporate into the workshop.

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Feb
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Meeting with Michael Mages

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Michael recommended I read Joseph Campbell’s book, Hero with a Thousand Faces, or watch his movie about it to save time. Campbell has been referenced several times in my research. We talked about the workshop idea and he was supportive. He recommended about 4 hours to present enough information and do enough exercises to make it worthwhile.

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Feb
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Story Structure by Dan Harmond

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Storytelling comes naturally to humans, but since we live in an unnatural world, we sometimes need a little help doing what we’d naturally do.

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Feb
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Why Facebook is blue: The science of colors in marketing

On 23, Feb 2014 | No Comments | In Thesis | By Steven Burrows

After all, the visual sense is the strongest developed one in most human beings. It’s only natural that 90% of an assessment for trying out a product is made by color alone.

So how do colors really affect us and what is the science of colors in marketing really? As we are also trying to make lots of improvements to our product at Buffer, this was a key part to learn more about. Let’s dig into some of the latest, most interesting research on it.

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Feb
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Escape from the Ivory Tower

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A Guide to Making your Science Matter

In our age of information overload it is easy for research to disappear without a trace. This book helps connect the worlds of science, journalism, and policy.

Scientists need to learn a new set of skills. These include knowing exactly what you want to say, understanding your audience, and using common language to get your point across clearly.

As a scientist, you’ve learned much harder things because you’re good at the most important element of success in this en devour: preparation.

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Feb
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What Makes a Good Science Story?

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Novelty: Tell me something I don’t know. Tell me something surprising. Why does it matter?

Passion: Not everyone is interested in science, but people are interested in other people. The story of your passion for your work is exciting. People are curious to know what it’s like to be you (character driven narrative).

Mystery: What question are you trying to answer? What are the plot twists? Who are the characters?

Adventure: Scientists are so focused on the data that they sometimes don’t realize how exciting all that backstory can be. Once you get your audience’s attention you can get them interested in the details.

Overturning Conventional Wisdom: A sure way to get someone’s attention is to present them with the unexpected.

Conflict and Controversy: It sells. The best stories involves some sort of conflict, and sometimes a resolution. Without it, a story falls flat.

Just Plain Cool: Audiences like stories with intrinsic appeal, or “wow factor.” If you aren’t excited about your own work, why should anyone else care?

 

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Feb
2014

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Unscientfic America

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How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future

Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum

It’s not that most Americans despise science. Rather, they’re too uninvolved; they don’t science on their radar most of the time.

 

Carl Sagan was a great deal more than a researcher. He was a skilled communicator, a master at connecting with ordinary people and explaining complicated science in terms they could understand. However he was resented by many scientists for his popularity.

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