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Not quite 100 ways for Scientists to Engage in Social Media | Sci SoundOff Last night at a post lecture drinks reception I got into talking about using twitter as a scientist, and an academic, and thinking about what is in science communication for the communicator.
By the time Professor Alec Jeffreys worked out how to create a unique DNA fingerprint in 1984, he had been prising apart DNA for years to see how it varies from person to person. Scientific breakthroughs like Jeffreys's exemplify what is known in modern science as "impact". This contentious concept tiptoes along the intersection between science and society because it implies that scientific endeavours ought to reap benefits for society. This is where the politics comes in. Making an impact: when science and politics collide | Adam Smith | Talking science to power | Science
Indigestible Committee Paperwork Each summer it is standard for publications to produce lists of exam howlers to remind us just how woefully ignorant some of our students are at all levels. I have never seen a list of comparable statements regarding crass errors produced in grant applications, but upon occasion referees do not mince their words. Having spent much of the weekend wading through a pile of (metaphorical) paper – it is of course all electronic material now – consisting of proposals and referees’ comments, I was amused by the following two comments which leapt out of the page at me:
Ripping yarns "Egad!" cried Professor Lackwind. "This wasn't the impact I had in mind!"
Guest Editorial: It's Time To e-Volve: Taking Responsibility for Science Communication in a Digital Age Now, more than ever, science is fundamentally intertwined with national and international political issues, yet less than one-third of Americans can pass a science literacy test with questions like “Does the Earth revolve around the sun?” and “Did human beings live alongside dinosaurs?” When only a small percentage of our populace—including our policy-makers—has a firm grasp on the science behind the debates, we are doomed to make grievous errors in our decisions on a wide variety of issues, from climate change and genetically modified foods to stem cell research and public health and vaccinations.
Once again, Twitter uncovered for me a s mall treasure box on the web. A small treasure box of essays on social media and health from NEJM « Public Health Science Communication 2.0
21 April 2012 Performing our way out of the impact impasse? - www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers
Engaging with Parliament; A How to Guide Dr Matthew Flinders is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield.
My plan to create a really strong impact story - Adventures in Career Development
Making a difference: How can we demonstrate the impact of learning technology research?
Research Fundermentals: REF: a Few Thoughts on Drafting Impact Case Studies I took part in an interesting workshop on REF impact case studies yesterday. We were looking at some initial drafts and, whilst there were some great ideas about possible impact, there were a few key points to bear in mind when thinking about your case study.
Museums, libraries and archives - learning - Generic Learning Outcomes Mix and match to demonstrate impact The Generic Learning Outcomes are underpinned by a broad definition of learning which identifies benefits that people gain from interacting with museums, libraries and archives.
Section: Guide: PE and Pathways to Impact | National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement
Economy boosted by University creativity | News | News and events A new study shows that Scotland’s economy benefits significantly from the University’s commercialisation work.
ISSUES Work - Outputs and Materials Aimed primarily at early to mid stage researchers, the ISSUES Guide to KT is a series of documents, categorised by subject matter, designed to help researchers understand the methods behind creating impact beyond academia and the reasons why knowledge exchange should be an important consideration at all stages of a research project.
Posters, Diagrams and ISSUES ebulletin Understanding KT through Best Practice Maps and Reports ISSUES Work - Outputs and Materials
Welcome to the SUE Gateway The series of case studies below highlights instances where the SUE consortia have successfully impacted upon the world beyond academia.
Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools
Best Science Visualization Videos of 2009
Scots universities on global Leiden Ranking list
University of Glasgow climbs in QS world rankings
Live Q&A: Careers in thinktanks
research in practice
Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF)
Pathways Through Participation
RESEARCH - Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities
SCOOP EU Project - Socio-economic and Humanities Research for Policy - News Alert Service - Masterclass for Researchers