Oh my! I've been following the tweets of fellow scientist and science communicators attending the The Science of Science Communication program hosted by the National Academies of Sciences in Washington, DC. And a session on Science and Politics: Forum of Presidential Science Advisors that included Directors of the Office of Science and Technology Policy that go back to 1977 somehow got an entire conversation on Twitter ablaze.
John Holden, the current advisor to the President said that science needs to do a better job of telling stories. And I couldn't agree more...but what exactly does this mean? Several of us hashed it out, and I think the topic is ripe for further discussion. I personally think storytelling is very effective for reaching broader audiences - the general public, diverse demographics, and even our students at the undergraduate level. Furthermore, I think the Indigenous Ways of Knowing (IWOK) and the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) traditions, which are very strong on story-telling, have much to offer to the western-approach of science and science communication.
Here's a storify of the tweets on Anecdotes, Stories & Science Communication from the Program.
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DNLee is a biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology . She uses social media, informal experiential science experiences, and draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups.