The ScienceOnline Together Conference is the 8th annual international meeting on Science and the Web. 

ScienceOnline Together
Raleigh, NC
February 26 – March 1, 2014

We are able to participate without traveling to North Carolina.
We will watch moderated discussions and create our own conference at OSU.  All are welcome.   SEE SCHEDULE

The sessions are especially interesting to:

  • Science writers and journalists;
  • Web communicators;
  • Outreach specialists; and
  • Scientists and students with an interest in outreach, blogging, and social media.

More info on ScienceOnline Watch Parties

The Watch Party is sponsored by

Terra Research Magazine

Environmental Health Sciences Center

By Naomi Hirsch

There were 24 people gathered together yesterday for the Twitter SciComm brown-bag.  It was nice to see many new faces this month representing diverse positions and departments on campus. We want to build on this momentum.  There is a need for more panels, discussions, and support related to social media.

For those that didn’t make it, here is the handout:
Twitter Cheat Sheet for Grad Students

Hashtags shared worth following on Twitter:

  • Science communication topic #scicomm
  • The Science of Science Communication topic #scioscicomm
  • ScienceOnline network (general) #sciox
  • ScienceOnline 2014 conference #scio14 Feb. 27- March 1, 2014
  • Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication #sackler (in the Fall)

Two other resources come to mind.

Yesterday, there was an excellent Google Hangout discussion related to our brown-bag. This Hangout was part of a series put on by the Union of Concerned Scientists.  Participates gave outstanding advice and tools. The experienced panel included Dawn Wright, Liz Neeley, Gretchen Goldman (host), Craig McClain, and Jamie Vernon.

Google Hangout:  The Science of SciComm in Social Media (12-17-13)

dbh_largeMuch was mentioned at the brown-bag related to the fact that Twitter is about communication, and it is valuable to take into consideration “the science of science communication”.  A popular concern is how we deal with misinformation about science on social media and the web.  A recommended (free download) is The Debunking Handbook.

The Handbook explores the surprising fact that debunking myths can sometimes reinforce the myth in peoples’ minds. Communicators need to be aware of the various backfire effects and how to avoid them, such as:

It also looks at a key element to successful debunking: providing an alternative explanation. The Handbook is designed to be useful to all communicators who have to deal with misinformation (eg – not just climate myths).

(List presented by AG at ComSciCon 2013.)

  1. Know your audience.
  2. Decide what you are trying to say, before you start preparing any text, slides, video, or interactives.
  3. Turn your work into a compelling story.
  4. Less is more, especially in presentations.
  5. Never overuse jargon or equations.
  6. “PowerPoint doesn’t kill presentations, bullets do.”
  7. Handouts are often an interesting option in live presentations.
  8. Visualization and good graphics are critical for colleagues, not just for “the public.”
  9. Don’t be afraid to break the mold.
  10. Give credit where credit is due.

Reference: Alyssa Goodman’s “Desk”

Hi Everyone,

This year we formed OSU SciComm, an open, informal group of OSU professionals and scientists promoting best practices in science communication. We plan to build community, provide training, and foster
discussions that will keep OSU on the cutting edge.

On July 1, we sent out this survey to people who already showed interest in this group to help plan next year’s topics. We’ve already received 46 completed surveys! This shows the interest and need.

If you haven’t already filled out the survey, you are invited to do so. It only takes about 5 minutes:

Thank you from the OSU SciComm Steering Committee:

Kaci Buhl, Project Coordinator, NPIC
Linda Lamb, Publications/Outreach Manager, CEOAS
Naomi Hirsch, Program Coordinator, EHSC/SRP
Heather Reiff, Science Policy Coordinator, COMPASS
Nick Houtman, Editor, Terra Magazine