Last week, I was invited to host a seminar for a group of graduate students. The topic? How to establish your professional brand and website. I loved hosting the seminar (I had students from chemistry all the way to agricultural economics) and, as it turns out, my only regret was that we didn’t have more [...]
Back in 2015, the Pew Research Center conducted a study on opinion differences between scientists and the public. Basically, they wanted to get a sense for scientists' views on society compared to the broader public. Where did the opinions radically differ? Coming in at number one, with the dubious distinction of largest discrepancy between scientists' [...]
Against the Odds is a powerful firsthand account of life in rural America that offers a broad, probing look at the environmental tensions surrounding the collapse of many of our rural resource communities. Read more on Amazon... People talk a lot about working across differences. But sometimes, in some situations, I wonder if they’ve really [...]
Class started at 10:30 in the morning. I faced my students, coffee cup in hand. They were hard to read, but they always are early in the semester. We are still feeling each other out, unsure how much confidence to grant one another, wondering if there’s a space for trust. Do they really want to [...]
On the first day of the semester, the teacher steps in the door and walks to the front of the class. He or she hands out the syllabus and goes through it with the student. Do this, this, this and this. Don’t do that, that, that or that. The students all nod, the teacher says, [...]
Last year, I went to the Creativity Workshop. And I know what you’re thinking. Seriously? That’s a thing? Yeah, it is. Amongst many other activities, we learned how to relax, practice free association and how to sketch out our thoughts using images and colors. We practiced perceiving things in our environment that we normally overlooked, [...]
This is the first installment of a two part series where I sit down with seasoned bloggers to understand more about the world of scientific blogging. And today we have with us Jessica Eise. Jessica is an author and researcher. She works on pressing social, economic and scientific issues that are misunderstood, underrepresented or poorly communicated amongst critical groups of stakeholders. Her latest book is The Communication Scarcity in Agriculture (Routledge 2016). Jessica currently works at Purdue University in the Department of Agricultural Economics as the director of communications and a graduate instructor of communication and multimedia strategies.
I had the privilege to sit down with Jessica and ask her a few questions. So without further ado, here is Jessica Eise!
Q) So first things first, what inspired you to get blogging?
A) Every story, occurrence and piece of research has a home. That may be on the front…
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I quit Facebook this week. It was quite an event. The reasons are, naturally, manifold and complex, as in any break-up. I stared at the screen forlornly, wishing it wasn’t so, and then proceeded to jump through the tricky steps toward true deletion. No break-up is clean and simple, is it? Facebook didn’t want me [...]
DATE: November 7, 2064 SUBJECT: Letter of Termination Dear Dr. Smith, We are deeply saddened to inform you that your tenure as Professor at our university has come to an end. As of December 18, 2064, your position will be eliminated. As you are well aware, the new technologies that have arisen over the past [...]
October 4, 2086 Dear Grandma and Grandpa, Sorry I haven't written in ages. I tried to call you guys like six times on 3-D but you always have it turned off. In my history class we're studying the turn of the millennium. Our final assignment is an analysis of human-driven cars. I'd like to incorporate [...]