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Liz Neeley
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Executive Director of The Story Collider
Executive Director of The Story Collider

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The Story Collider had an incredible 2015. Am really grateful to be part of this amazing team of people.

We were named one of WIRED's "Must-Follow Feeds in the World of Science" http://www.wired.com/2015/08/the-new-cultural-literacy-science-feeds/ and picked by Quartz as the Best Science Podcast of 2015 http://qz.com/580076/the-casties-quartzs-awards-for-the-best-podcasts-of-2015/

If you aren't familiar with our podcast, the best way to start is with our team's picks of stories that were especially meaningful to us this year: https://medium.com/@story_collider/story-collider-s-staff-picks-for-2015-9de17507d557



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After five years of teaching social media to researchers in #scicomm workshops, findings like these are a useful reassurance
Scientists are beginning to embrace social media as a viable means of communicating with public audiences.

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Our first event was exactly two years ago today. In between, we had amazing discussions of everything from big data and the quantified self to multilingual #scicomm  and what happens to our data after we die. We even spun off a start-up business from one of our events - http://www.geekwire.com/2013/startup-data-safe-pass/

These conversations, and above all, the people of ScienceOnline Seattle have meant the world to me. So proud to have been a part of it, from start to finish, and so hungry to see where we go next.
Today marks the end of a chapter for the people of ScienceOnlineSeattle. We are reevaluating our format and affiliations, and invite your input as we continue to meet informally.

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Looking forward to this!
Join Dr. Scheufele for an interactive discussion that will explore the future of societal debates about controversial science in our highly polarized political environment. Together we will delve into the questions: "How can citizens make meaningful policy choices in an age of (anti-)science blogs and vicious online debates?"; and "What can we learn from recent empirical work in the social sciences about strategies for navigating this brave new world of science, media, and society?" 

Hangout Hosts:
- +Dietram Scheufele , co-chair of the National Academies'  Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences and John E. Ross Professor in Science Communication, at +University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and chief scientist of the UCS climate campaign; Cox visiting professor at +Stanford University 
- Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS

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These themes and researchers have been an important influence for me over past few years. Encourage you to check it out and consider it a starting place - what can we build on this foundation?
"Not only are scientists just one of many stakeholders vying for access to the public agenda, but the political debates surrounding science and its applications may sometimes confront scientists with unfamiliar and uncomfortable discussions involving religious values, partisan interests, and even the trustworthiness of science."

Summary booklet of Sackler "Science of Science Communication II" now available as free download from +National Academies Press. Special issue of PNAS will be out later this year.

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This is important to read and understand - the arguments we use in framing our science communication matter. Claims about public opinion should be based on evidence. To condense Dan's argument:
1. "Pockets of resistance to vaccination pose a serious and unmistakable public health concern.
2. But the existence of anti-vaccine enclaves and the dangers they pose do not furnish empirical support for asserting that there is a “growing crisis of public confidence” in childhood vaccines.
3. [This is a problem because the social science] suggests that understating the high level of vaccination in the U.S. could actually weaken public support for and cooperation with universal immunization programs."

(I suspect we'll discuss this in  #scioscicomm  session at #scio14 )

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My colleague Heather Galindo's latest post for our blog is about the fundamental #scicomm  skills we should all be employing, even in our most technical talks to peers. I like it because it prompted me go back to basics and ask if I've allowed myself to fall into any bad habits.

Includes a nice mention of +Todd Reubold's "Fight the Power Point", which reminds me that +Zen Faulkes's "Better Posters" is another good resource (he doesn't pull punches in naming and shaming).

http://compassblogs.org/blog/2014/01/28/how-to-make-yourself-presentable/

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If you haven't seen our new position postings yet, you'll want to! COMPASS is hiring for three new positions this year - in writing, science engagement, and administrative capacities. It's an amazing team and I'm proud to be a part of it. Please apply, share, recommend people, and help us grow. Thanks!

http://compassonline.org/careers

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This really struck a chord with me this morning! 

Sounds all too familiar, doesn't it? " The major problem with this semantic extravaganza relates to the extent to which it blocks  the connection with existing knowledge. As new terms come up, the “field” starts, again, to be considered as a new one.  And the fact that the majority is unaware of evidence that may exist under other terminology leads to a collective illusion that the evidence does not exist. Then, the “we know very little” sentence starts to be repeated ad nauseam, opening the floodgates to all kinds of half-baked hypotheses (usually masked as “theory of change”) and unbridled calls for “evidence” .

 http://democracyspot.net/2013/06/17/open-government-feedback-loops-and-semantic-extravaganza/comment-page-1/#comment-1940

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I'll be speaking in this session starting shortly - come join us!
With more than 87 percent of Americans getting information online and 30 percent of those under 30 following the news via social media, the need for social-media savvy scientists and experts is increasingly essential in order to communicate science to the public. Join us for an opportunity to talk with experts in sparking science-based conversations via social media. Hear about their experiences to learn the tricks of the trade and lessons learned for jump-starting or enhancing your use of social media to create the space for science in public conversations. 

Hangout Hosts:
- Liz Neeley, Assistant Director of Science Outreach at COMPASS
- Jamie Vernon, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at US DOE
- Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist, ESRI
- Craig McClain, Assistant Director of Science at National Evolutionary Synthesis Center,
-   Moderator: Gretchen Goldman, Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists
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