Magazine article American Scientist

Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference Recap

Magazine article American Scientist

Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference Recap

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The 114th Annual Assembly of Delegates on November 9 brought together approximately 200 board members, chapter delegates, and members. They met by webcast to conduct Society business, network, and learn. This is the second year the Assembly was held online to make it accessible to more members by cutting travel time and expense.

The key topic was "Communicating Science in the 21st Century." We are going through a dramatic change in the way scientists communicate with lay audiences such as policy makers, teachers, and students. Coverage of science news by traditional media sources has declined while social media and the Internet give scientists a direct link to the public. A panel of leading authorities discussed the challenges of this change, including how scientists may have to adapt their communication styles to capture their audience and how the scientific community can improve this communication. …

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