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Polar Vortex, Redux

December 16, 2014   Filed under Blog, Potpourri, Uncategorized  

Lee Grenci has a lot to say about the polar vortex and its abuse in the media. https://www.e-education.psu.edu/worldofweather/node/2103

Oh…snap! 1895-style.

March 6, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Publishing, Uncategorized  

From the mini-Annals of Improbable Research (“mini-AIR”) “Pitted Pebbles in the Bunter Conglomerate of Cannock Chase.” T. Mellard Reade, Geological Magazine, vol. 2, no. 8, August 1895, pp. 341-5. LINK: The author instructs: “Mr. W. S. Gresley criticizes the summing-up of my views… It would have been more satisfactory if Mr. Gresley could have read […]

Junk the Jargon Interview on Public Engagement

June 14, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Potpourri, Presentations, Uncategorized  

An oldie, but goodie. Here is an interview (Junkcast) I did for the University of Manchester Junk the Jargon competition. I talk about my own experiences good and bad with public engagement, tips for connecting with the audience, and the origins of Eloquent Science.

Storm chaser, no. Meteorologist, yes.

June 6, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Uncategorized  

The death of four storm chasers in the recent Oklahoma tornado raises issues about the safety of stormchasing, but also how stormchasing is marketed to the public and students. For example, some undergraduate meteorology, environmental science, and geography programs use storm chasing as a tool to market their programs. Even MyMajors.com lists stormchaser as a […]

Is it OK to mentor someone who is writing a peer review?

March 15, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Publishing, Reviewing, Uncategorized  

Brian Curran asks: I would like to hear your thoughts regarding the review process and young (or inexperienced) reviewers. I’ve reviewed just a handful of manuscripts, so it’s safe to say I’m inexperienced. Having a mentor or two guiding us relatively inexperienced reviewers through the process might prove to be beneficial and could serve to […]

“Utilize” versus “Use”

December 18, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Uncategorized, Writing  

From The Telegraph (sent to me by Jamie Gilmour): When the American writer David Foster Wallace died four years ago, he left behind the following fragments: notes towards a dictionary all of his own. Utilize A noxious puff-word. Since it does nothing that good old use doesn’t do, its extra letters and syllables don’t make […]

Thoughts about Clarke’s “Ethics of Science Communication on the Web”

September 22, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Publishing, Uncategorized  

My friend Jim reminded me about an article “Ethics of Science Communication on the Web” by Maxine Clarke of the Nature Publishing Group in Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics. I might have seen this paper before, but Jim’s reminder and me taking a look at it again strikes me as a little ironic. Don’t […]

How to choose a scientific problem and nurturing young scientists

April 1, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Resources, Uncategorized  

I discovered the following article a while ago, yet only have gotten around to writing about it now. Alon, U., 2009: How to choose a good scientific problem. Molecular Cell, 35, 726-728. [PDF] [HTML] Why the paper resonated with me is that it brought me back to choosing my research topic for my PhD. I […]

Review: “Writing Science” by Joshua Schimel

March 21, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Resources, Uncategorized, Writing  

I just finished reading a new book Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded by Prof. Joshua Schimel, in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at UC Santa Barbara. Schimel’s book is the perfect companion to Eloquent Science. Whereas Eloquent Science provides guidance about how to […]

More on British and American English

March 11, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Resources, Uncategorized, Writing  

In a previous post, I had given a set of the more common rules for American and British English differences. Since then, I have received comments and emails asking me about how to submit to a journal that uses a form of English different from the one that you use. I can speak for myself […]

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