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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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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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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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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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