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When Predators Vanish, so Does the Ecosystem: New York Times Article about the Bertness Lab’s work!

Here’s the paper we published: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ele.12287/abstract

Press release at Brown:  http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2014/04/sesarma

My drawing in the sidebar: http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2014/04/die

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Mustard on Mars!

Jack Mustard got his wish!  Geology professor at Brown University had found some interesting stuff in photos of Mars’s surface and is now going to help NASA’s 2020 rover to look for signs of past life on the red planet.  For those of you who haven’t read my previous post on this, here it is:  http://wp.me/p3g0Vz-2S

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The Science News Cycle (Comic)

One of the inherent problems with today’s media coverage of science is that science has to be interpreted and translated by non-scientists before it can become accessible to the public.  This can produce what I call the “telephone” effect – similar to what happens when you play the game telephone.  Somewhere along the line, the message becomes scrambled.  How can scientists and science communicators do a better job explaining science in a way that is simultaneously interesting, informative, and accurate?  I don’t know for sure, but I’m going to spend as much of my time here at Brown as possible finding and employing strategies to become a better science communicator, and therefore a better scientist.