Written by Bethany Adamec
If you work in the crucial field of science communication, or know someone who does, now is your chance to have your work published alongside your peers’ in a special themed issue of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) to be published in spring 2018. Research articles, perspective pieces, science communication-related activities and tools, and reviews of resources related to science communication are welcome. Manuscripts must adhere to the formats outlined in the author guidelines for themed manuscripts and be submitted through the JMBE submission and review system. To be considered for the issue, all manuscripts must be submitted by August 7th, 2017.
The issue will explore the following, with an emphasis on biology contexts:
- Evidence-based science communication curricula: best practices and common pitfalls
- Evaluation and impact of various forms of science communication: papers, oral presentations, television, social media, community outreach, art, etc.
- Understanding cognitive biases related to scientific topics such as evolution and vaccines
- Encouraging engagement in science-based dialogues
- Using research findings to build narratives
- Case studies of effective and appropriate science communication
- Partnerships between scientists and communication professionals
The issue will be organized and peer-reviewed by a team of Guest Editors whose expertise covers a wide range of science communication practice and research. The theme issue editor is Miriam Segura-Totten of the University of North Georgia; Guest Editors include Emily Therese Cloyd of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, Holly Menninger of North Carolina State University, Jennifer Gardy of the University of British Columbia, Jean Goodwin of North Carolina State University, and Dennis Mangan, a former program director and advisor at the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Mangan, who teaches the art of science presentation to scientists, engineers, and technicians, encourages scientists to develop their communications skills. “Science is composed of two essential parts: discovery and communication. Scientists spend most of their time discovering things and tend to neglect the communication part. Good communication skills are critical for career development, impact on policymaking, and interactions with society. Throughout our careers, we’ve got to continue to learn, practice and then use these communication skills for our own good, for the good of our students/colleagues, and for the overall good of science everywhere.”
Bethany Adamec is a Science Education Specialist at ASM, where she communicates about ASM’s work in student and faculty professional development, supports the ASM Education Board, and works with colleagues to promote evidence-based education reform.