Spotlights

Best Practices for Reporting Science for the Public

December 31, 2020

The average person interacts with science through news outlets, yet science is constantly evolving with every new paper’s results. Often, results are sensationalized to grab the attention of readers instead of honestly reporting the material. So how do we, as scientists, report science responsibly and effectively? In her “Science Reporting for the Public” workshop, Lindsey Mooney describes some of the obstacles and best practices for reporting science.

Scicomm 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Science Communication

November 02, 2020

As scientists, we constantly engage in science communication, but have you taken a moment to think about what that means and how you could improve your communication? Science Says hosted a SciComm 101 presentation in lieu of our annual kick-off barbecue (thanks, COVID-19) to explore some science communication background, basics, and careers.

Imposter Phenomenon — What is it and what can we do about it? With Dr. Amy Ahlfeld

August 31, 2020

Do you feel like you are unsuccessful despite your accomplishments? Do you feel you “got lucky” when receiving an award or getting a promotion? If you answered yes to these questions or others found in this survey, you likely experience imposter phenomenon. Imposter phenomenon, or IP, is not a psychological disorder but it is a very common experience across a broad spectrum of adults. We wanted to learn strategies to overcome IP, so we invited clinical psychologist Dr.

Investigating Wilt with Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Power

August 12, 2020

I often wonder what makes my tomatoes wilt. Most of the time it’s because I don’t water them enough (sorry, plants!). But it could also be because they have been infected by a pathogen, causing them to wilt. These pathogens, like the fungus Fusarium and the bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum, are found in the soil and can infiltrate the vascular system of a plant thereby blocking its ability to take in water. This causes the plant to wilt — and die — in a manner that looks almost exactly the same as my thirsty tomato plants.

Science Says at #ScienceTalk20 (virtually!)

April 21, 2020
Science Talk is a science communication conference that was supposed to take place in Portland, OR, but was moved online after travel and gathering restrictions were put in place in response to COVID-19. This permitted several members of the Science Says community to virtually participate. T

Science Says Presents: Posters in the Park

March 30, 2020

We have all been to a science conference where half of the talks or posters are too complex for most of the conference-goers. We have also tried to explain our work to somebody outside of our labs – a member of our cohort, a faculty member, a roommate, a family member – and failed to explain it clearly. For those of us in science outreach, communicating difficult research can get ten times harder when we go to community events and talk to non-science members of the public. Why is communicating our daily work so difficult for most of us? 

Science Storytelling Workshop Recount

March 30, 2020

An extended PDF of the workshop with notes and examples from the in-person event can be found here for all those that wish to participate from home