Early PLOS BLOGS survey results offer first of many scicomm insights to come

blog-surveyAs the first ever PLOS BLOGS Reader Survey comes to a close, PLOS wants to thank everyone who took the time to share their thoughts and preferences as science readers and communicators. [If you’re reading this on Monday 2/15 – President’s Day

Pathogens and Defense: Speakers recap from the 6th EMBO Meeting

By Meredith Wright From September 5-8, scientists converged on Birmingham, UK for the 6th European Molecular Biology Organization Meeting. EMBO is an organization which aims to support multiple branches of science, by holding courses, workshops, conferences, and publishing the EMBO … Continue reading »

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2014-2015 PLOS Progress Update Available

Each year PLOS releases a Progress Update, an annual overview of innovations, activities and journal highlights that provide insight into how the organization is moving scientific communication and discovery forward. This year topics include: • Transparent and Continual Assessment Advances … Continue reading »

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9-2-15 PLOS Science Wednesday AMA Preview: River blindness programs improve health outcomes: Evidence for increased prioritization of NTDs in post-2015 global health agenda

By Sara Kassabian River blindness (onchocerciasis) is an onerous neglected tropical disease (NTD) and the second-leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. Onchocerciasis is transmitted by a bite from the black fly, which creates an inflammatory response that leads to blindness … Continue reading »

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Knowledge is where you find it: Leveraging the Internet’s unique data repositories

By Chris Givens Sometimes, data doesn’t look like data. But when circumstances conspire and the right researchers come along, interesting facets of human nature reveal themselves. Last.fm and World of Warcraft are two entities made possible by the Internet, both … Continue reading »

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Celebrating 10 years of Athena SWAN Charter advancing women in science

By Sara Carvalhal Gender inequality in science has been in the news lately, particularly around the fall-out of Sir Tim Hunt’s biased comments toward female scientists. Sir Hunt’s comments are not held in isolation, but rather indicate the need for … Continue reading »

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Just Skin Deep — Your Immune System at the Surface

The skin is the human body’s largest organ. At 1.8 square meters for the average adult, skin covers about as much area as a large closet, and accounts for 12-15% of total body weight. The incredible variation in skin — … Continue reading »

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Scientists Behaving Badly (On Social Media)

By Brett Buttliere It is generally undisputed that Twitter and other social information exchange websites are changing the landscape of science and communication. The value that these platforms offer is probably best evidenced by how much time the average user … Continue reading »

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It’s time for universities to rethink what counts as field school

By Liam Zachary Field school season is approaching for anthropology and earth science undergraduate students, and while some students have already enrolled in an exciting field school program, many are still scrambling to find a spot, and even more students … Continue reading »

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Neglected Tropical Diseases: Challenges for the Post-2015 Development Era

This article is being cross-listed with the Harvard graduate student publication Signal to Noise, Special Edition on Infectious Disease. Health equity is based on the idea that all lives, anywhere in the world, have equal value. Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are … Continue reading »

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