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Sex, Gender, and Controversy, a #scio12 WRAPUP

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Sci has returned from Science online 2012, which was a fabulous time full of excellent, thought provoking conversations…and some videos of goose semen collection.

Kate Clancy and I moderated a fantastic (if I do say so myself) panel on Sex, Gender and Controversy, how we handle blogging topics that we feel are risky. Attendee Marissa has written up a wonderful Storify on the subject which we wanted to share, talking about what our session discussed and adding in the excellent contributions from the audience. And we’d love to add even more! Please feel free to contact us with any of your thoughts on the session.

And previous posts in preparation for the session:
Scicurious’ origin story
Kate’s take on Sex Gender and Controversy
And our takes on the “Deep Thinking Hebephile”: Here and Here.

Scicurious About the Author: Scicurious is a PhD in Physiology, and is currently a postdoc in biomedical research. She loves the brain. And so should you. Follow on Twitter @Scicurious.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. kclancy 10:26 am 01/23/2012

    Fantastic. Thanks for sharing that great Storify, too — I thought the tweets from our session were smart and interesting. You were, as always, a lovely moderator and a pleasure to work with :) . I’ll post my own thoughts within a week or so.

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  2. 2. clearlycriticalthinking 6:01 pm 01/23/2012

    Thank you for the informative coverage of how risk taking in science communication can yield teachable moments. Increasing public science literacy appears to be a collaborative effort between communicators. The ideas shared in the above post examined some possibilities and limitations involving scientific knowledge transfer to the public. Regardless of whether barriers to communication exist within the readers or the writers perspectives, explaining the ongoing trends observed in mainstream public familiarity with science gives everyone involved with science education and outreach a sense of context that is extremely useful. Many vital questions were answered in the conference coverage.

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