How to communicate basic research in schools – a case study using Drosophila

0000-0001-8462-0271   By Andreas Prokop, PhD, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester   The Manchester Fly Facility maintains an objective-driven, long-term science communication initiative which started in 2011 and promotes the importance of

On Story Telling

  Last Monday night I took the mic at a Toronto bar. The whole second floor was full of conservation scientists in town for the North American Congress for Conservation Biology, the music from below

Science Twitter and the Secretly Super-rare Saxifragaceae

  Top Image: a figure from “The hidden Heuchera: How science Twitter uncovered a globally imperiled species in Pennsylvania, USA”   During one of the coolest experiences of my PhD, I had the opportunity to work

The Foot Bone’s Connected to the Leg Bone

0000-0001-8462-0271   How well do you know your body, inside and out? Appendix to adrenal glands, brain to biceps, cornea to cruciate ligaments–these are all pieces of our anatomy and we all have them. But

Science and art find common ground: the importance of storytelling

0000-0001-8462-0271   Readers of SciCommPLOS undoubtedly know that we are strong advocates of communicating science through storytelling. Over the last several months we have featured pieces on narrative communication to forge citizen-scientist relationships, on connecting

My #CO2andMe Story

September, 1975 My parents are married by a Justice of the Peace in Davidson County, North Carolina. My dad is working for both Thomasville Furniture and Wall Trucking while my mom works in the office

Book Review: The Feather Thief

  I’ve got my conference roadtrip routine dialed in. This spring I drove to the Northeast Natural History Conference (215 miles each way), the Northeast Alpine Stewardship Gathering (150 miles), the University of Maine Climate

Perceptions of Science in America: Takeaways for Your SciComm

0000-0001-8462-0271 By Rose Hendricks, PhD, Researcher, FrameWorks Institute Sometimes it feels like much of the world is anti-science. GMO-free labels clutter our grocery stores, sea level rise threatens our coastlines, and some communities choose not

Recognizing “Spin” in the Scientific Literature

0000-0001-8462-0271 “The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down You can’t let go and you can’t hold on You can’t go back and you can’t stand still If the thunder don’t get you then

Urban Forestry In the Schoolyard: New PLOS ONE Research on Trees and Student Performance

0000-0002-8715-2896 Research into how nature impacts our well-being has shown that being outside makes us feel better. Images of nature alone have been shown to lift people’s mood. But is there any connection with how