A scene from the SciFund outreach course (conducted in GoogleHangouts).
We were also introduced to non-traditional tools for scientific communication such as cartoons and podcasting, which may make an appearance on this blog in the future. There was also discussion about crowdfunding, which was the original impetus for the #SciFund Challenge. For more information on future outreach courses and other activities sponsored by SciFund, check out their website. More to come.
As a bonus, here is a list of papers and blog posts that were recommended reading during the five-week course:
Bik, H.M. and Goldstein, M.C. An Introduction to Social Media for Scientists. PLoS Biology, 11(4), e1001535 (2013).
Clancy, K. Defensive Scholarly Writing and Science Communication. Context and Variation blog, April 24 (2013).
Darling, E.S., Shiffman, D., Cote, I.M., and Drew, J.A. The role of Twitter in the life cycle of a scientific publication. PeerJ PrePrints, 1, e16v1 (2013).
Kwok, R. Two minutes to impress. Nature, 494, 137-138 (2013).
Somerville, R.C. and Hassol, S.J. Communicating the science of climate change. Physics Today, 64(10), 48 (2011).
Plait, P. SciFund Challenge: Why Do Outreach? Bad Astronomy blog, May 20 (2013).
Weinersmith, K. Comics as a tool for science outreach. SciFund Challenge blog, May 15 (2013).