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Date registered: January 9, 2014

Latest posts

  1. Improve your communication skills! Attend Science Talk 2018 — January 25, 2018
  2. A request to presenters at scientific conferences — August 31, 2017
  3. When the lights come up — August 28, 2017
  4. The Adversity of Neurodiversity — April 13, 2017
  5. Neurodiversity — April 12, 2017

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  1. To hype or not to hype…what a question! — 3 comments
  2. What’s in a number? — 3 comments
  3. Scientific Characters — 2 comments
  4. Give me an “S”! — 2 comments
  5. Telling (True) Stories — 2 comments

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Mar 11

How hard is it to spot the truth?

By Andrea Lee, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student Many people I talk to are convinced that they are not only excellent judges of character but that they can easily spot the difference between fact and fiction, even on the internet.  When challenged, I hear many reasons as to why they have this particular talent but usually …

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Mar 09

Clarity and vividness in scientific journalism

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By Bradley Dowling, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student I vividly remember summer evenings when I was little, when my dad and I would hang around the living room and watch TV after dinner. Most of the time, we’d sit and watch Jeopardy or catch a Seattle Mariners game (this was back when they were worth watching). …

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Mar 06

Science communication is integral to science activism

By Megan Slaker Edited by Alexandria Camino   Science is at the core of a number of important policy decisions being made and discussed. Science communication is critical for raising concerns and making impactful (and beneficial) policy. While it is easy for us as scientists to be frustrated with what is occurring in politics, it …

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Mar 01

We need your help for Brain Awareness Week!


Brain Awareness Week is in less than two weeks! A week to celebrate the brain, organized by Society for Neuroscience and Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Some institutions celebrate by bringing in K-12 students to learn about the brain, first-hand from brain researchers. Others celebrate the week with exhibits and lectures on the brain. It …

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Feb 08

How to Prepare for an Elevator Speech


By Erin Cooper, Washington State University Vancouver Neuroscience student You dodge behind a corner and peek around it, keeping your gaze on your target. He has got away from you twice today. You see your chance to make your move towards him and dart out, yet try to remain cool in appearance. Then all of …

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Feb 07

Why the debate on Autism and Vaccines remains a Controversy…

Vaccine Controversy Word Cloud

By Laura Kays, Washington State University Vancouver Neuroscience student A famous study by Andrew Wakefield sparked the debate regarding autism and vaccines between researchers and parents of autistic children. The study investigated an association between the onset of behavioral symptoms reported by parents and administration of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. The study …

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Feb 04

Hash Tags & Retweets: How Social Media Impacts the Vaccine-Autism Controversy


By Imee Williams, Washington State University Vancouver Neuroscience student Vaccines continue to be a controversial public health issue. There have been numerous studies that have supported no causation between vaccines and autism (i.e. Honda et al., Jain et al., and Verstraeten et al.), yet many individuals and families continue to question the safety of vaccines. …

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Jan 30

Feed Back to Head Forward


Written by Megan Slaker Edits by Alexandria Camino “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” –Bill Gates Feedback is necessary for improvement on any task, whether learning a new skill, clarifying our understandings of a concept, or presenting a talk. Think of a task you do regularly. Feedback will …

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Jan 30

The Whole Universe is Diverse

By Megan Slaker; Edited by Alexandria Camino   Nine years ago, a group of friends and I watched the first episode of the TV show, The Big Bang Theory. We enjoyed the quirky humor of four socially-awkward scientists as they learned to interact with the world. Every week, we bonded over an understanding of the characters. …

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Nov 24

Travel Advice for Speakers – Speaking Advice for Travelers


By Janine Castro, Geomorphologist, USFWS & NMFS, Portland, Oregon My upcoming family vacation to New Zealand looms large. As the planner in the family, I am tasked with logistics and general travel organization, as well as corralling the troops to make sure everything runs smoothly. As a seasoned traveler, this should be a breeze…right? That …

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