Massive Science: Scientists are fostering public trust on social media, one selfie at a time

Massive Science: Scientists are fostering public trust on social media, one selfie at a time. “What’s more visually appealing to you: a photo of a bubbling beaker, or a selfie of a scientist holding said beaker, with gloved hands and a grin on their face? If you picked the selfie, you’re not alone. Without ever being taught how, we’re already fluent in the language of pictures – and in particular, faces engage us.”

Current: KQED to study how to reach and engage millennials with science media

Current: KQED to study how to reach and engage millennials with science media. “‘Cracking the Code: Influencing Millennial Science Engagement’ is a new collaborative project that brings together the expertise of the public broadcaster’s science team with science communication experts in academia. The partners will test ways to increase engagement with KQED science content among audiences within the millennial generation born between 1981 and 1996. The three-year effort is supported by a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation.”

Phys .org: Research explores ways to bridge gaps in science communication

Phys .org: Research explores ways to bridge gaps in science communication. “‘Give me a break!’ ‘Fake News!’ ‘Blah Blah Blah…’ These retorts are symptoms of a fundamental problem in science communication—new research from the Tepper School of Business shows that when we hear something that doesn’t make sense to us, it’s much easier to respond with derision than to work to understand what is being said. It’s difficult to bridge these gaps in understanding because they are driven by fundamental differences in values, perspectives, and knowledge bases. It means that debates escalate into arguments unless people work to build trust, respect, and common ground.”

Google Blog: More science in more places with Science Journal and Google Drive

Google Blog: More science in more places with Science Journal and Google Drive. “We first launched Science Journal in 2016 so that students, teachers and science enthusiasts could conduct hands-on science experiments using their phones, tablets and Chromebooks. Since then, we’ve heard one request from teachers loud and clear: students need to be able to access their experiments no matter what device they’re using or where they are. Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom, it happens outdoors, at home and everywhere in between. So today, we’re bringing a new Google Drive syncing feature to Science Journal. Now, you can access your experiments on any device using a Google Account.”

News@Northeastern: This Resource Is An Ocean Science Teacher’s Dream Come True

News@Northeastern: This Resource Is An Ocean Science Teacher’s Dream Come True. “Northeastern’s Marine Science Center has created a new series of online educational resources for science teachers to use to inside and outside their classrooms. The website translates research completed by Northeastern students and faculty into lesson plans for teachers. The site is catered toward every level of education, with lessons suited for students from early elementary school through high school.”

Quartz: Historians are starting to explore the dark side of science

Quartz: Historians are starting to explore the dark side of science. ” Increasingly, scientific historians are coming to terms with the fact that science thrived in part because of the transatlantic slave trade of the 1500s to 1800s, which enabled naturalists to discover and ship new flora and fauna specimens around the world. To this day, museums contain these specimens that excited and inspired early scientists but were obtained only thanks to an inhumane business.”

Google Open Source Blog: Open sourcing Science Journal iOS

Google Open Source Blog: Open sourcing Science Journal iOS. “Google’s Science Journal app enables you to use the sensors in your mobile devices to perform science experiments. We believe anyone can be a scientist anywhere. Science doesn’t just happen in the classroom or lab—tools like Science Journal let you see how the world works with just your phone. From learning about sound and motion to discovering how atmospheric pressure works, Science Journal helps you understand and measure the world around you. We’re extremely excited to announce that we’re open sourcing this powerful science tool.”