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March Mammal Madness, Science Communication’s “Big Dance,” Is Back

David ShiffmanMar 6, 2017

The annual Twitter event returns with 64 mammal species ready to fight to the virtual death for your entertainment and education.

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Using Twitter Hashtags for Science Education

David ShiffmanFeb 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).

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The Evolution of the 21st-Century Scientist

Brian KurillaAug 12, 2016

As more trained scientists leave traditional career paths, the distinction between scientist and nonscientist blurs.

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How to Engage More African Americans in STEM

Heather ThorstensenFeb 26, 2016

What could help more African Americans be successful in science, technology, engineering, and math? In this Q&A, hear from Ashanti Johnson, Melanie Harrison Okoro, and Danielle Lee.

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Crowdsourcing the Paleolithic

Sandra J. AckermanDec 31, 2015

Who knows what you may discover from the comfort of your armchair?

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Overcoming Barriers to Diversity in Science

Katie L. BurkeNov 5, 2015

[VIDEO] In this Google Hangout, associate editor Katie L. Burke discusses with sociologist Sandra Hanson what the barriers to diversity in science are, what solutions she has seen work to promote diversity, and what barriers remain to be addressed.

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Our Favorite DIY Science-Themed Halloween Costumes

Katie L. BurkeOct 30, 2015

Ten costume ideas that look smart and start conversations about our favorite subject: science.

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Can Your Phone Tell You If Your Food Is Safe?

Fenella SaundersOct 10, 2015

[VIDEO] Determining whether your food is safe to eat could soon be as simple as activating an app and pointing your mobile phone at the meal on your plate. In the latest in our series of Google Hangouts with Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturers, Omowunmi Sadik discusses biosensors—what they are, how they work, and how they can help us determine whether our food contains unsafe levels of pathogens. Along the way, Dr. Sadik also talks about electrochemical "fingerprints," nanotechnology ethics, regulatory processes, and the patenting process, as well as her early years of studying science in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Developing Duplicates: 3D Printing Replacement Body Parts

Katie-Leigh Corder, Fenella SaundersAug 16, 2015

Researchers in the regenerative medicine field are now amplifying their efforts with 3D-printing technology, which can now use organic materials to create scaffolds that cells need to grow into their final forms.

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12 Tips for Scientists Writing for the General Public

Katie L. BurkeJul 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.

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Internships Connect Math Students to New Career Paths

Rachel LevyJul 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.

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Describing Applicants in Gendered Language Might Influence Academic Science Hiring

Wendy M. Williams, Stephen J. CeciMay 7, 2015

We recently published an article about the results of a 4.5-year program of research on gender’s influence on faculty hiring preferences for tenure-track STEM assistant professorships. Our methods brought up an interesting issue about the types of adjectives used to describe job applicants, one that we did not have space to address in the paper.

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5 Reasons to Teach Mathematical Modeling

Rachel LevyMay 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?

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