Behind the Scenes: Communicating the Science of GMOs

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' [...]

You listen to who you know

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 [...]

The Case for Creativity

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, [...]

Scientific Blogging 101 – A Sit Down with the Experts: Part 1

Climate Footnotes

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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Breaking up with Facebook

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 [...]