Posts Tagged ‘media’

Right Turn: The why and how of communicating science to media

Author: Stacey Johnson, 08/04/17

Engaging with the media is not for the faint of heart, but speaking on behalf of the entire world, we need you to step up scientists! Your research is important and valuable, and you may (I chose that word deliberately) be the best person to communicate it. So, while the prospect of doing a media…Read more

Luck is on their side in “bad luck” cancer study

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/20/15

. Before you read my blog, I recommend that you first read Sara Nolte’s blog “Bad luck, bad science, or bad reporting?” In it, Sara does an excellent job explaining and commenting on Drs. Cristian Tomasetti’s and Bert Vogelstein’s study “Variation in cancer risk among tissues can be explained by the number of stem cell…Read more

Why the pen is sometimes mightier than the pipette – Part 1

Author: Paul Krzyzanowski, 04/10/13

. If Edward Bulwer-Lytton were a biologist two centuries ago, he might have quipped that the pen is mightier than the pipette instead of immortalizing the sword in his expression. Yet phrases emphasizing the power of words have been around for nearly three thousand years and are more relevant to your science than you might…Read more

The future of the stem cell controversy: Do citizens prefer iPS cells?

Author: Nick Dragojlovic, 11/08/12

If you’ve been feeling like you can’t open a web browser these days without finding a story about induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), you’re not alone.  Unlike embryonic stem cells, iPSCs are created by directly reprogramming adult cells taken from donors or patients, and they’ve been all over the news. Most notably, Sir John B….Read more

View from the floor 3: Till & McCulloch Meetings

Author: David Kent, 05/02/12

  Anticipatory ethics and the problem of expectations One of my favorite things about Canadian Stem Cell Network meetings (now renamed the Till and McCulloch Meetings) is the integration into the main programming of Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (ELSI). It forces scientists to think outside of their own research and gives ELSI researchers exposure to the…Read more

Mind the gap: study examines newspaper coverage of stem cell tourism

Author: David Grant, 01/26/11

How do newspaper articles portray stem cell tourism? A research team at the University of Alberta recently asked this question, and their results were published last month in the journal Nature. Their conclusions were both surprising, and hopeful. The team, led by Timothy Caulfield, analyzed tonality, agenda setting and framing in 445 newspaper articles on…Read more

Keeping the lights on

Author: David Kent, 01/19/11

Banned from receiving federal funds in 2004 by the Bush administration, human embryonic stem cell research was recently embraced by the Obama administration in March 2009 — sort of, anyway. As many readers are no doubt aware, U.S. courts are currently embroiled in a debate about whether or not the federal government should be funding human…Read more