Monthly Archives: July 2013

The legitimacy and usefulness of academic blogging will shape how intellectualism develops

The legitimacy and usefulness of academic blogging will shape how intellectualism develops.


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Am I wasting my time with this blogging business ?



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Is the media making science boring?

Media is fixated on ‘cool’ (read: gimmicky) reporting – found that out during recent Pozible campaign as I was constanstly over looked by Media Folk for the ‘Maggot Lady’ who could tell stories about picking larvae off dead children in morgues….some one who studies bacterial infections cause by antibiotic resistant microbes just can’t compete with that!!

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Before I get deep into this blog post I feel inclined to state that I do not have a science communication qualification, and the opinions expressed here and my conclusion are entirely of my own.

Recently I was sat on a train, destined for London’s St. Pancras International when I found a Metro newspaper stashed in the tray on the back of the seat in front of me. Due to my utter boredom I decided to try and keep myself entertained and read this newspaper – no matter how ignorant and self-indulgent it is – as I needed some sort of entertainment from the mind-numbing journey. But I found my self not even getting past the front page before I felt upset by how the media has portrayed science, sprawled across the headline was “Human Liver grown on the back of rat”*.

*It was not a full liver, but actually…

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Ring the changes on science communication

Yes and why do Chiros think they can ‘cure’ autism?

News @ CSIRO

By Craig Cormick, Communication Adviser and Arwen Cross, Science Communicator.

Public concerns about issues such as wind farms and vaccines have led to a discussion about why some people have strong fears or adverse reactions, and why their perception of risk doesn’t align with those of scientists. As Janet McCalmun wrote recently on The Conversation:

Their problem is a problem with science, and science has a something of a problem with them.

Both sides – the scientists and the public – have a problem that could potentially be addressed by better science communication that works to include all sides of such debates rather than polarising them, and uses evaluation to measure impact and improve.

There are many good arguments for improving the general public’s understanding of science. These include a knowledge of science being useful in daily life (such as determining which medical advice is more sound); the…

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Podcast: What Does It Mean To Be A Digital Scholar?

This has NetPrax homework written ALL OVER IT!!

Digital Media & Science

In this podcast, Martin Weller, author of the book The Digital Scholar, talks about the ways in which digital technologies Digital Scholaropen up new possibilities for academics, and why researchers cannot afford to ignore new media. He also mentions what individual universities can do to support digital scholars working across disciplines. Listen to the podcast now

The podcast was produced by The Sociological Imagination

See also Martin Weller’s blog

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Comic Relief: Science Edition

Is there a new Comedy genre? When will I get the video footage of my Bright Club Melb performance? Will I be sacked by my employer for taking the piss of the new logo/mantra to paying punters?


If you know anything about me, you’d soon come to realise that I love everything British. And to me, what is more British than the iconic panel show? So that is why, last week, when watching the latest episode of Mock the Week one segment jumped straight out at me.

So during this part of the show, a comedian gets given a random topic, chosen by the spinning of an electronic wheel, and has to talk about that topic, saying whatever comes to their mind. So when the wheel was spun and landed on science, I never thought that Chris Addison would talk about the inability of science communication.

(If issues arise watch from 11:03-12:10)

Now lets just think about that clip for a minute, what if science was so easy that it just told us exactly what we were looking for without the complicated jargon? Honestly, who wouldn’t love…

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Science Equity?

Noice, love a bit of Oz Sci Comm!

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Hey Guys!

So this will be a quick post before I head off to RiAus for the day.
I want to talk a bit about Dr Paul Willis’ blog post titled ‘Storytelling for Science.’ In this post he mentions this idea of science equity. Dr Paul Willis said this about science equity:

“Instead we need to look at science equity: the ready access to science for all Australians who want it. And the way to deliver science equity is through science engagement: one-on-one interactions with the audience, pitched at their level and distributed across the continent. That’s the future for science communicators and that’s how I want to tell the stories of science.”

I’m unsure about what Dr Paul Willis means by this. Does he mean that all Australians should be able to read any journal article? Someone would have to pay for that and currently, most Australians…

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