#Science Quotable: @ResearchAmerica’s Mary Woolley!! #advocacy #scicomm

The media gets a bad rap – sometimes deserved – for sensationalizing, trivializing, and generally making mincemeat of good science. The negative consequences can be enormous, leading to science skepticism that bleeds into counterproductive public policy. But just as often the media gets it right, capturing science as the workhorse it is, explaining how science addresses human challenges and what that means for people we all can relate to. 

Effective communication is critical if science is to earn and maintain public support. More and more leaders of universities are talking about making it both a recognized and rewarded component of academic success for faculty to engage in public outreach.

Last week, I shared our updated fact sheet on Infectious Disease. This week, we release our newest updated fact sheet on Alzheimer’s disease (In 2014, $15.9 billion was spent on Easter in the United States.That amount could fund NIH sponsored Alzheimer’s research for more than 28 years!).

As many times as we repeat the alarming statistics on the prevalence of Alzheimer’s – with the human and economic toll it is taking on our families and our society – the message hasn’t fully broken through. The drum beat must become louder and louder, until we convince policymakers of the need for more research to drive medical progress.

-Selected comments from CEO and President of Research!America, Mary Woolley – Check out the full statement announcing the opening of nominations for Research!America Advocacy Awards!

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#Science Quotable: Marcia McNutt – Training science communicators starts with a poster! #SciComm

Scientists frequently lament the scarcity of effective scientific communicators—those who can explain complex concepts to the public, present scientifically sound alternatives to policy-makers, and make cogent arguments for the value of science to society. A few stellar programs are designed to select and train elite articulators, but some simple steps can improve the communication skills of all scientists. Most researchers learn how to talk about science at meetings. If scientists cannot explain their work clearly and succinctly to their peers, it is highly unlikely that they can explain it effectively to nonspecialists.

Training the next generation of scientists to communicate well should be a priority.

– Marica McNutt, Editor-in-Chief Science Journals – Quoted from: “It Starts With A Poster

Alan Alda gets UCSD excited, and educated, about communicating science!! #scicomm #storify @AldaCenter

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If you follow CauseScience on twitter, you may have seen us retweet Alan Alda’s talk about communicating science at UCSD (above). Check out this terrific storify on Alda’s talk at UCSD, which describes the message and highlights of the talk. Alan Alda, and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, have CauseScience excited about science communication. Now let’s spread that enthusiasm!!!

Alan Alda’s “Getting The Public Past a Blind Date with Science” Talk at UCSD January 2015 #aldacentersd #scicomm