researchers should embrace talking about their research in 140 characters or less
Posted by Laura McLay on February 19, 2013
I recently blogged about my experience at the AAAS Meeting, where I talked about my research findings to a broad audience that included journalists. In one of the sessions, it was revealed that only 3% of scientists will talk to journalists over the course of their lifetimes. Maybe we as a nation should be more interested in science news. But I also think that scientists and engineers should embrace the broader impacts of our research and be proactive with outreach efforts.
A tweet from one of them (Liz Neeley from CompassOnline) drove home the point that part of the reason that scientists can do a better job. I put my twitter handle and blog URL on my title slide, and pointed this out when I started my talk.
I was surprised that my twitter handle was “news.” But apparently it’s weird for an academic to include a twitter handle on slides.
I got ~12 new followers during my talk. I have no regrets.
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