Research Communications

For the Birds

Researchers: just passive participants in those terribly misleading media campaigns for their papers?

Michael Schulson writes in Undark about the hyping of that big bird-decline Science magazine study I wrote about last week. In Schulson’s retelling, it was

  • A) Overenthusiastic science communicators +
  • B) A big journal hungry for media that offers very little space to the paper itself (hence, for scientific nuance) that led to
  • C) a sensationalist media storyline to take advantage of a growing public taste for apocalypse.

Greta’s New (Old) Rules

I don’t know if Greta Thunberg is going to change the world.

I know that she and her fellow under-20 climate activists have already changed research communications.

But I don’t know if it’s for the better.

Greta Thunberg argues that politicians and private-sector leaders — Davos and UNGA types — need to “listen to the science.”…