Using Blogs to Enrich Your Scientific Career

On Monday, February 13, 2012, I will once again have the pleasure of visiting the University of California-Davis graduate student seminar, “Translating Research Beyond Academia: Communication Strategies”. Here are my notes for the session.

Updated 2/13/2012.

Why Communicate Science?

  1. Because it’s fun.
  2. Because it’s fun when your parents actually understand what the heck you do/want to do for a living.
  3. My take: Publishing your findings is one thing, but it’s just as important to clearly and effectively convey the significance of your research to your dean, a reporter, a senator or a stranger at a party. Simply put, the more people who know the implications of your research, the more opportunities may come for collaboration, funding, influencing public policy and improving societal awareness of science. (

Why Learn How to Use Blogs

Communicate your research to the public

Interact with others in your academic field

Organize and showcase your research

Fundraise for your research

Venture into Science Communications

THE Conference About Science Blogging

Blogging Tools

Other Tools

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One thought on “Using Blogs to Enrich Your Scientific Career

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