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From population to production: 50 years of scientific literature on how to feed the world (Global Food Security)

Tamburino et al. analyzed text from more than 12,000 research articles published in the past 50 years that included the terms “global” or “world” and “food supply”, “food demand’, or “zero hunger”. From this dataset, they quantified terms related to population, total food production,…

Plantae's Top 5 Facebook and Twitter Posts during 2019

2019 was an amazing year of growth for Plantae's social media accounts. It is always interesting to look back at what worked and which posts were of most interest to our community. Here is a list of our Top 5 Twitter and Facebook posts. Thank you for following our accounts! Light-sheet fluorescence…

Plantae Webinar - How Top Scientists Use Twitter to Support their Research

Scientists are increasingly using social media as vehicles via which to communicate with other scientists and with the public. Social media platforms also provide excellent opportunities to build professional networks, learn about opportunities, and develop a sense of community.

Social Media for Scientists: What, Why, and How

Recorded: Friday, September 27 Scientists are increasingly using social media as vehicles through which to communicate with other scientists and the public. Social media platforms also provide excellent opportunities to build professional networks, learn about opportunities, and develop a sense of…

Effective strategies for rebutting science denialism in public discussions

Scientists are often asked to engage in public discourse as a way to counteract science denialism, but it’s not always clear if their efforts can change minds. A new study by Schmid and Betsch suggests that efforts to rebut are worthwhile. They showed subjects videos with climate denial messages about…

Using “Scientists Who Selfie” to disrupt stereotypes of scientists (PLOS One)

Public engagement has been a long-term challenge for scientists. The rise of social media has generated a novel avenue for connecting with a wider audience; however, many scientists walk a fine line between being personal and professional, often posting images of their work but not themselves. A recent…

Maximizing the signal, decreasing the noise, Part 2: Skills for speaking and designing clearly

About this seminar In part 1 of the webinar, Professor Tobias Baskin introduced a philosophy for writing clearly based on recognizing that our words are read. In part 2, he extends that philosophy to speaking and designing. Your talk is listened to by an audience; your figures are looked at by readers;…

Preparing your research story for peer review and publication

About this seminar Considering how important writing is to a career in science, many scientists receive little forrmal training in the writing process. In this seminar, Mary shares tips to help overcome common writing problems, drawing on her 25 years of teaching about scientific writing. Speaker…

TapRoot S3E6: Opening Channels of Communication Between Cells and Scientists

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso who is a faculty member at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom to bust the myth competition is a part of science that cannot be avoided. Dr. Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso is originally from Cuba, and completed her graduate studies at…