Category: Communicating Science

The Mass General Research Institute is dedicated to promoting good science communication. See blog posts, articles and tips for communicating science.

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Six Selfish Reasons to Communicate Science

The Union of Concerned Scientists blog recently published a post discussing ways in which communicating science can benefit the scientist. Here are a few of our takeaways from this great article: Engaging in science communication helps to hone your communication skills, so you can nail that job interview or research proposal It’s a great way […]

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Overcoming the “Curse of Knowledge” To Effectively Communicate Your Science

Gene Kinney, PhD, president and CEO of Prothena, a global biotechnology company, published a great article in Xconomy earlier this year about the importance of communicating science. He says researchers need be strategic about how they talk about their work in order to enhance the public’s understanding of science and its impact on society. Using […]

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Friday Read: How to Tell Nutrition Research Fact From Fiction in the News

If you’re confused whether coconut oil is good or bad for you or whether alcohol will lengthen or shorten your life, you’re not alone. With so many nutrition studies receiving coverage in the news, it’s often difficult to discern truth from hyperbole. A great article published today in the Washington Post discusses how we shouldn’t […]

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Meet Our Summer Communication Interns!

This summer the Mass General Research Institute is thrilled to continue our summer internship program for the second year in a row. Please join us in welcoming Catherine Iannucci and Shika Lakshman, both undergrads at Emerson College. Be sure to check back here for weekly updates on what they’re working on! Name: Catherine Iannucci Where […]

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Alan Alda’s New Book Highlights Need for Scientists to Use Effective Communication to Reach Their Audiences

The Mass General Research Institute believes in the important role communication plays in a researcher’s ability to connect with a wide audience. As part of our commitment to help our researchers better communicate their science, we have previously worked with the Alan Alda Center For Communicating Science to teach Mass General researchers how to distill their […]

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Using Plain Language to Help Patients Cope with Cancer

So many questions run through a patients mind when they’re diagnosed with cancer. Now two Mass General doctors from the Cancer Center and the Division of Palliative Care are hoping to help answer those questions using clear and simple language. David Ryan, MD, an oncologist, and Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, a palliative care physician, have […]

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Distilling Your Message: A Workshop with Alan Alda

Earlier this month, the Mass General Research Institute organized a day-long workshop hosted by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Participating Mass General researchers learned how to succinctly and vividly speak about their work in terms lay persons can understand. Improvisation exercises also helped participants hone their ability to naturally connect with different audiences. […]

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Examples of Great Science Writing

Three articles from our friends at Nautilus have been selected for inclusion in the The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017. Nautilus is a science magazine that uses narrative storytelling to bring science into the larger conversations we are having today.  They have been partners in our Communicating Science series, and we share a common goal […]

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Research Rumble Recap and the Art of Effective Science Communication

Last night five researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital showed off their science communication skills in a Research Rumble at the Cambridge Public Library as part of Cambridge Science Festival. We heard about topics ranging from traumatic brain injury suffered by women in abusive relationships, to genetic sequencing in newborn babies, […]

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How Social Media Can Distort and Misinform When Communicating Science

Great article about the challenges of science communication (or lack thereof) in the age of social media…. “Social media has been transformative in how it has democratized communication. But it’s a double-edged sword: social media allows scientists to correct misinformation by communicating their findings with public audiences to promote an understanding of complex issues. Equally dangerously, though, social-media […]

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