Some science communication bits

With the Royal Institution advertising positions for researchers for their Christmas lectures and several conferences going on today, I thought I’d put together a few bits and bobs related to science communication.

Starting off at the simpler end of things, Astronomy Now, the UK astronomy magazine, has put up a facebook preview of their next edition.

From slightly further afield, astronaut Shannon Walker has been writing a blog about her days on the International Space Station. The second installment has been published on her hometown paper.

Incidentally, NASA has an opportunity for people in Washington DC to meet the STS-132 crew from Atlantis’s final scheduled mission on Monday the 26th of July. Click here for full details, though some have already had their own meetings, as this photograph shows… Having said that, if you’re there, you may well be missing the latest results and future prospects meeting for the LHC in Paris. Those at either of these events will miss out on another meeting scheduled for the 26th of July at the Royal Astronomical Society, will will be looking at a call for M-class (medium sized) missions, called “A New Generation of UK Planetary Science.

CERN itself came in for a bit of criticism by engineers eying the cash it attracts. Covering such issues are science policy blogs, here’s a list of such blogs and here’s an interview with a leading science policy blogger, who also happens to run the Campaign for Science and Engineering, CaSE.

A list of presentations and publications put forth at the monthly seminars at the European Southern Observatory in Garching, Germany has been published at the Hubble site. This list includes a lot of well known science communication ventures as well as some that aren’t quite as well publicised.

A scientist has issued a plea to publish, bemoaning the fact that as different researchers see different priorities in the science of the data they generate, it is hard for another researcher outside of the exact field of the first researcher to find what may be peripheral stuff to the first, but vital information to the second. What lies out there in some hold up or other waiting to be published when the stars are right?

And finally, one way not to do science communication is to form a band, as the auroral physicists that comprise the members of the band Dumber than Chickens seem to prove…

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