I really hope that the three posts that show up when you hover over my username on tumblr make me look like less of an idiot than 95% of the people I see in recommended blogs.
My cheeks are in literal pain from the end of that movie.
And you know what you need to do. And you know how to do it. But there’s one tiny anthill in your way of getting it done. So you just throw your hands up in the air and claim it to be impossible?
That’s where I’m at right now.
Who wants to let me and Krista sleep on their floor?
No, that is not how you mention a margin of error on a put.
As a scientist this sort of thing weighs on me a lot. I do my work and if it’s ground breaking it could often be lumped in to the general ‘researchers achieve’ credit.
However, I also consider science reporters an incredibly valuable resource. As scientists our best skills are at the workbench producing results. There is a well deserved stereotype that we are often poor communicators. If we weren’t, communications courses wouldn’t be nearly as much of a requirement in our training as they are. So scientific journalists and reporters offer us a much needed service. They undertake the job of translator; they do what they can to make our discoveries palatable to the public while we focus on further research.
Scientific outreach is one of my passions. I believe scientific literacy and curiosity can be had by everyone. Communicating that passion and belief is not always easy. For every Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the belle of the ballroom so to speak, there are thousands of Alex Wrights stammering through a presentation in front of 9 people. Reporters and Journalists are there for our benefit, to get our knowledge out to there world in a way far more effective than we could ever achieve ourselves.
Of course, as with any profession, there are good and bad reporters in the community. The fact that such an issue weighs on this particular journalist suggests to me that they are one of the good ones. Reporting on science is not an easy job.