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Links 1 through 10 of 12 by Chad Orzel tagged intersection

"So in graduate school, I wrote a question and answer column for StarDate magazine, out of the University of Texas, and that became a book, and when you have a book, TV shows want your views on things–one thing leads to another. But in all cases, the common denominator is that it starts out by writing.
So my advice to someone who wanted to be a science communicator is, you write. Writing is the excuse you can give yourself to organize ideas in coherent sentences in ways that make sense not only word to word, but sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph. And that is the art of communication, being clear and succinct. And the proving ground for that is writing."

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"I just watched this video of Cornell University engineering prof Anthony Ingraffea giving a lecture on fracking–a long, long lecture. But it’s tremendously informative, gives more perspective than I’ve found anywhere else, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the issue:"

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"We may have a more scientific Washington than when I worked in DC, but science and its allies must fight harder than ever before. Some groups are already effective. Some of us are trying new initiatives. I’m optimistic and realize that change happens slowly, but I hope those working in policy-related areas will take note and become more involved making sure that sound science moves beyond the lab. Because when we’re not explaining what we do and why it matters, someone else is telling the story for us. And we often won’t like the result."

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"I’m going to argue that blogging is not the best or most effective form of existing science communication online, for many of the reasons outlined in Unscientific America. But trying to be positive rather than negative, I’m also going to point out what is: Viral YouTube videos that introduce nonscientific audiences, in the millions, to scientific thinking in a very thoughtful and memorable way."

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"In the debate we are having here about science, religion, and accommodationism, I am clearly on deGrasse Tyson’s side, and a lot of other people are clearly on Dawkins’. As you can see from the 2006 video cited by Beattie above, both are very persuasive (within our pro-science circle, anyways). But I think that deGrasse Tyson’s very penetrating question to Dawkins ultimately demands far more than the joking reply that you see here–funny though it is."

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Today begins a very important initiative called Silence Is The Enemy to help a generation of young women half a world away.Why? Because they are our sisters and children–the victims of sexual abuse who don’t have the means to ask for help. We have power in our words and influence. Along with our audience, we’re able to speak for them. I’m asking all of you–bloggers, writers, teachers, and concerned citizens–to use whatever platform you have to call for an end to the rape and abuse of women and girls in Liberia and around the world.

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