Feb 7, 2017
#CougarOrNot, #NotACopperhead, #DamOrNot, and #ButtOfWhat open up conversations about the joys and challenges of walking in an ecologist’s shoes (or… hiking boots).
Read MoreOct 26, 2016
If you’re considering how to write for, speak to, or have conversations with those who may be resistant to the idea that climate change is happening and is caused by human activities, here is an overview of communication ideas that the climate change literature has explored so far.
Read MoreAug 25, 2016
The term lacks a coherent meaning and leads to unnecessary polarization, mistrust, disrespectfulness, and confusion around science issues.
Read MoreJun 27, 2016
What do people blog about, why do people write for blogs, and who reads them?
Read MoreMar 24, 2016
A discussion with sociologist and Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Ed Hackett on the history and outcomes of social organization in science, and what that means for those who wish to cultivate an innovative scientific environment.
Read MoreJul 31, 2015
Learning the principles of journalistic nonfiction often requires scientist authors to step away from an academic writing style that has come to feel intuitive. Nevertheless, using these principles can make the scientist’s work more relatable, memorable, and trusted.
Read MoreJul 7, 2015
The variety of math-focused jobs in business, industry, and government is increasing, a trend recently highlighted in the popular press. The new challenge is to connect students trained in the mathematical sciences to these jobs.
Read MoreMay 18, 2015
Neuroscientist Ahmad Hariri explains how the watchdog of the brain—the amygdala—is overactive in those with depression and anxiety.
Read MoreMay 5, 2015
A student in one of my daughter's high school math class stood up in disgust and exclaimed "Why do we have to learn math for 12 years when we are never going to use any of it?" You might think that as a mathematics educator I would find this statement upsetting. Instead, the student’s question got me thinking about the fact that she saw no connection between the mathematics and her future. How might mathematical modeling improve the experience of mathematics for students such as the one in my daughter’s class?
Read MoreMay 1, 2015
When I’m putting my 3.5-year-old to bed every night, we have some down time where we just hang out on her bed together. One night I looked at her and asked, “Want me to tell you a science story?” She said, “Yes!”
Read MoreApr 27, 2015
Inspiration for a cover doesn’t always come right away, and at first nothing was quickening the pulse for the May–June issue of American Scientist. Although the topics themselves were compelling, consider the imagery conjured up by our feature article lineup...
Read MoreApr 22, 2015
It’s doubtful we would have Earth Day without Rachel Carson. Her pioneering 1962 book Silent Spring sparked the environmental movement and infused ecological ideas into mainstream thinking. So to recognize this date, I combed through the archives of American Scientist to get a sense of how scientists have discussed Carson and Silent Spring over time.
Read MoreApr 2, 2015
Here at Science Culture Central, we’ve spent April Fools’ week chatting about science and technology spoofs. How exactly do some of these stories burrow their way into our skeptical hearts? We examined some of our favorites, new and old, and noticed that certain aspects stood out.
Read MoreMar 24, 2015
For living in such a well-recognized center of biodiversity, it is surprising that so few scientists in Cameroon, where I’ve done fieldwork for a decade, and neighboring countries have been involved in the process of describing new species.
Read MoreFeb 11, 2015
A headline is designed to convey the gist of a story, and also entice a reader to want more information. But sometimes the headlines themselves can inspire the imagination. Resident cartoonist and Contributing Art Director, Tom Dunne, created some off-the-cuff doodles, based solely on the headlines from Sigma Xi's SmartBrief.
Read MoreFeb 9, 2015
A little over a week ago, the Pew Research Center came out with new poll data showing that the general public continues to debate particular scientific ideas on which most scientists already agree. This has sounded the latest call for increased attention to public understanding of science. But this is a two-way street: There also needs to be a call for scientists’ understanding of the public.
Read MoreFeb 9, 2015
When I have the opportunity to review the older issues of American Scientist, I always find a few gems that seem to stand the test of time...Read more.
Read MoreFeb 9, 2015
Each American Scientist issue is filled with popular and timely scientific and engineering content. But there tends to be a few articles in each issue that draw a vast crowd resulting in above-average number of views and interactions...Read more.