Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Actual Living Scientists

STEM
Environmental & Science Education
History of Science
by Edward Hessler


If you're a tweeter (I'm not as must be obvious to one and all), Huffington Post reported about a new hashtag that may be of interest.

Scientists (#actuallivingscientist) describe what they do and it is already showing the diversity of research interests as well as the diversity of scientists themselves.

Anti-science talk in general and now specifically from President Trump is fairly common. Wildlife ecologist David Steen noted that he was being given a "hard time about how my work wasn't worth doing," so in the interest of science communication, he introduced himself on Twitter, including images. He is a herps (snakes) guy.

One thing led to another scientist doing the same thing and another and another....

I think it is a great idea, one that I hope will continue.

Science is done by real people, not too different from the rest of us except for their interest in understanding the natural world and how it works.

By the way what do you think about Steen's claim that most Americans can't name a living scientist? If asked about dead scientist who do you think might be named?

Erin Schumaker reported the story.

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