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Written by: Anton Holland Presented by: Terrence Dickerson Date Presented: April 19, 2011. “Eureka! The Importance of Good Science Writing”. Introduction. Reasons for Good Science Writing Improve decision making Bridge scientific i lliteracy gap Ways to Improve S cience Writing

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written by anton holland presented by terrence dickerson date presented april 19 2011
Written by: Anton Holland

Presented by: Terrence Dickerson

Date Presented: April 19, 2011

“Eureka! The Importance of Good Science Writing”

introduction
Introduction
  • Reasons for Good Science Writing
    • Improve decision making
    • Bridge scientific illiteracy gap
  • Ways to Improve Science Writing
    • Present objective arguments
    • Address the basics
    • Categorize the writing appropriately
    • Understand the values of the scientists and journalists
  • Conclusion
    • Good science writing is more important now than it has ever been before
influence decision making
Influence Decision Making
  • Science and technology are a vital aspect of public policy.
  • Lawmakers need to understand the scientific studies they provide funding and make policies for.
bridge scientific illiteracy gap
Bridge Scientific Illiteracy Gap
  • Science writing is read by even those without a scientific background.
  • The scientific illiteracy gap is broadening.
  • Examples of the scientific illiteracy gap:
    • A little over 10 percent of the population in industrialized countries has a good understanding of scientific concepts and methods.

-Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

    • One third of respondents in a recent survey did not know what a molecule was.

- Northern Illinois University

present objective arguments
Present Objective Arguments
  • Bias/Subjective information can be misleading to readers.
  • Bias interferes with objectivity.
  • Common situations bias may occur:
    • Scientific studies done on behalf of an advocacy group
    • Studies funded by an industry to support a particular view
address the basics
Address the basics
  • Readers should be presented the basics about the scientific work or they will get confused.
  • As a scientist involved with the work, it can be easy to forget the basics of the research.
    • Common acronyms
    • Background information
categorize the writing appropriately
Categorize the Writing Appropriately
  • Scientific writing must be presented or categorized so that the appropriate audience reads it.
  • Scientific writings may sometimes fit multiple categories.
  • Example:
    • A paper on scientific waste should be categorized as business, environment, and health related.
understand the values of scientists and journalists
Understand the Values of Scientists and Journalists
  • Journalists and scientists think differently which can lead to invalid conclusions.
    • Journalists evaluate evidence and commit to an answer.
    • Scientists test information to prevent misinterpretation before expressing an opinion.
    • Caution on the part of a scientist may be interpreted as uncertainty by a journalist.
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Science writing needs to be understandable so even people without a scientific background can make informed decisions.
  • Science writing needs to provide objective information and target the appropriate audience.
  • Any Questions?