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  • New #SciFund-supported paper!
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  • Syllabus for 2014 outreach training class
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Twitter Chat Storify

If you’ve never experienced a Twitter chat, it can be quite overwhelming. There are so many conversations happening simultaneously and it quickly becomes difficult to keep track of them all. Luckily there are tools that help organize those tweets and preserve them. One such tool is Storify which I use to catalog today’s Scifund Twitter […]

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2014 Outreach Class: Week Five

Welcome to week five of the SciFund Challenge outreach training class for scientists. This is our last week, sadly! But the fun doesn’t stop here, as there are lots of SciFund classes coming, as well as other ways to keep participating. Apply for our free video class, which starts next month! This week, we’ll be working […]

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New #SciFund-supported paper!

I am incredibly excited to announce that a new scientific study partially funded through SciFund Challenge crowdfunding has been published. Dr. Stephen Herbert is a professor in the Department of Plant Science at the University of Wyoming. He was also part of our very first round of science crowdfunding, way back in November 2011. His […]

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Incredible science outreach!

So the 2014 SciFund Challenge Outreach 101 class is in the final dash to the finish! The best part of the class for me has been learning about all of the amazing science outreach programs that class participants are already conducting. Here are just some of the incredible things that scientists in the class are doing. […]

This bird knows the deal about outreach (click the links in the post to find out why).

Zen & Ant’s tips for Ignite and blogging success

So, my fearless co-instructors for our Outreach 101 class (Zen Faulkes and Anthony Salvagno) have been giving great outreach advice lately on social media. In case you missed their thoughts, I thought I would do a round-up via blog post. This week’s topic for the class is Ignite talks and Zen recommended a great blog resource […]

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2014 Outreach class: week 4

Welcome to week 4 of the SciFund Challenge outreach training class for scientists! Last week we focused on delivering our message through blogging. This week we’re going to jump right into the deep end and have you work on public speaking. We are going to use a very specific format called an Ignite talk. Before […]

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New FREE outreach training class for scientists: intro to video

SciFund Challenge is offering yet another outreach training class for scientists! This one is all about learning to make short videos! Scientists, do you want to learn how to tell the public about your science through video? Do you want to have the skills to put together short videos that are compelling to general audiences? […]

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Outreach Class 2014: Week Three

Welcome to week 3 of the SciFund Challenge outreach training class for scientists! Last week we focused on crafting our message. This week we’ll develop skills to deliver that message through blogging. This week’s exercise has five parts: A) take a look at a few science blogs, B) write a blog post, C) comment on […]

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Outreach Class 2014, Week Two

Welcome to week 2 of the 2014 SciFund Challenge outreach training class for scientists! How do we craft a clear and compelling message from our science? That’s what we’ll be focussing on this week.

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New science crowdfunding article in <i>The Lancet</i>

Medical journal The Lancet has a new article on science crowdfunding. It includes several quotes from co-founder Jai Ranganathan: “Whether a project got funded or not really had very little to do with the project subject, it had everything to do with interest for the scientist and them engaging the public with their science”, says […]

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Outreach Class 2014, Week One

Welcome to Week One of the SciFund Challenge outreach training class!  With this class, we have two goals. One: to build outreach skill levels. Two: to build a sense of community among class participants. So let’s get started with both! For this week, we’ll be diving into the opportunities and pitfalls that outreach presents for scientists. […]

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Scientists talk about their outreach experience, 2014

Note: this post is part of week 1 of the 2014 SciFund Challenge outreach training class for scientists. What does doing outreach mean for scientists? Who better to ask than the researchers who regularly connect to the public with science. Below you’ll find a series of videos from scientist communicators talking about their outreach experiences. The […]

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Syllabus for 2014 outreach training class

The second SciFund Challenge outreach training class starts next week and we are excited! For those of you following along at home, here’s our syllabus. SciFund Challenge Class: Outreach 101 Course instructors: Zen Faulkes, Jai Ranganathan, Anthony Salvagno Course dates: September 21-October 25, 2014 (five weeks) This short course is intended for researchers that are new […]

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FREE outreach class for scientists is back!

UPDATE (SEPTEMBER 2): Registration for our class has closed early. We have received over 170 applications in a week and we want to make sure that we don’t have more course participants than we can handle. We have more outreach training classes coming over the next few months and you can sign up for our […]

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Sci-lamanaders: the latest #SciFund supported paper

Rob Denton, participant in Round 2 of #SciFund, has just published the latest peer-reviewed scientific paper to be supported by the #SciFund Challenge! (Click to enlarge the acknowledgements.) It’s published in Molecular Ecology, but Rob has a nice, plain English blog post describing the work in his scientific paper here. That makes six papers from […]