Volunteer at a museum
Write to the volunteer coordinator or curator at a local museum. As an Academy Guide and Daily Team Leader at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco I learned how to effectively and succinctly describe concepts like natural selection to museum guests and to coordinate a team of fellow volunteers at multiple exhibits.
Take a sci comm course – or ask your department to create one
The Organization for Tropical Studies held a sci comm course at La Selva Biological Field Station, Costa Rica this past summer. Fingers crossed that they'll offer it again!
Learn to Tweet,
Design an effective poster for your next conference
Learning how to create an engaging poster with beautiful aesthetic can make all the difference in getting your science across to fellow poster session attendees. Check out this amazingly helpful guide by PhD student Kathryn Everson at UAF. No more confusion, sore eyes, or glazed over looks!
Demystify science and make a how-to video
I am super excited about trying this out. Check out this great example on how to repair small mammal traps by PhD student Ryan Stephens (@ryanbstephens) at UNH.
FAQ's about Twitter
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a live feed of micro-blogs. Posts (a.k.a. tweets) can have up to 140 characters and can include photos, videos, and/or links. The character limit keeps things short and easy to skim through.
Why use a hashtag?
A hashtag ahead of a string of characters signifies a keyword that Twitter uses to categorize posts.
How can Twitter benefit me as a scientist?
Hashtags for scientists
@realscientists – follow tweets by a new scientist every week and learn about their specialty of research
@CorrieMoreau = Dr. Corrie Moreau's Twitter handle or username
#evol2015 was the hashtag adopted by attendees at Evolution 2015 (searching for #evol2015 will return all tweets with that hashtag)
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