The Final Sunday’s Science Poem
Communication & Rhetoric of Science / Monthly Science Poem

The Final Sunday’s Science Poem

And from my pillow, looking forth by light Of moon or favouring stars, I could behold The Antechapel where the Stature stood Of Newton with his prism and his silent face, The marble index of a Mind for ever Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone… William Wordsworth, The Prelude (1850), Book III lines 58-64 Continue reading

Seeing v. Hearing Science: Communicating and Constructing Science with American Sign Language
Communication & Rhetoric of Science

Seeing v. Hearing Science: Communicating and Constructing Science with American Sign Language

In today’s schools there are often competing accounts of natural phenomena, especially when schools are located in multicultural communities. -William Cobern & Cathleen Loving from Defining ”Science’ in a Multicultural World: Implications for Science Education (2000) Discussions about science communication commonly focus on the problems of written and spoken language. And, in many current debates about … Continue reading

The Ethics of Perception, Narrative, and Rhetoric
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The Ethics of Perception, Narrative, and Rhetoric

“Facts may not create the rhythm that we want, but they reveal the quirks, the gorgeous imperfections, of life” –Cheri Lucas Rowlands from her blog post, That Thing I Wrote That Wasn’t True: On Facts, Memoir & John D’Agata Cheri Lucas Rowlands, in the above blog post, discusses the ethics of truth-telling in non-fiction narratives. The subject … Continue reading

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Clashing Perceptions in Severe Weather Communication
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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Clashing Perceptions in Severe Weather Communication

Currently on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) website, there is a heading at the top of the weather bar that asks for public comment on the usage of terms like “warning,” “watch,” and “advisory.” This appealed to me because not only am I a weather forecast skeptic, but I am intrigued by the awkward … Continue reading

Atul Gawande: How Do We Heal Medicine
Communication & Rhetoric of Science

Atul Gawande: How Do We Heal Medicine

  http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2kxG1v/www.ted.com/talks/atul_gawande_how_do_we_heal_medicine.html/ This TED talk of Atul Gawande highlights some of the scientific and cultural barriers that face modern science medicine. interactions between scientists who do basic research and practitioners, who–in theory–take the research and apply it. In this TED talk, surgeon and public health journalist Atul Gawande highlights some of the scientific and cultural barriers … Continue reading