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Twitter for Science Networking

By | Blog, ECRi, Science communication

A common stereotype of Twitter is that it’s trivial and ephemeral. It’s certainly ephemeral, but it doesn’t have to be trivial if you’re interested in science. If you have a focus on a particular topic, Twitter is an opportunity to get regular updates on news, papers and opportunities like jobs on a rapid basis.

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Keeping life in balance: Sulfotransferase couples shade avoidance and defense responses in Arabidopsis

By | Blog, ECRi, Plant Health, Plant Science

How do plants sense their environment? How do they cope with different challenges, like competition for resources or pest attacks? In a new study researchers explain the role of ST2a, a gene up-regulated by plant proximity cues, which participates in the inactivation of jasmonates –a group of regulators that orchestrate defense responses. This way they manage to demonstrate how competition signals promote plant growth at the expense of reduced defenses.

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Communicating science can benefit from scientists ‘being human’

By | ECRi, News, Science communication

As social beliefs and values change over time, scientists have struggled with effectively communicating the facts of their research with the public. Now, a team of researchers believe scientists can gain trust with their audience by showing their human side. The researchers say it can be as simple as using “I” and first-person narratives to help establish a personal connection with the audience.

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Scientist Guide to Social Media

By | Blog, ECRi

Call it exchanging information, collaborating, or making connections; whatever your terminology, networking is an important part of life as a scientist. A lot of networking opportunities today are online, through social media websites. Having an online presence on these sites can help you to facilitate discussions with your colleagues, assist you in staying abreast of the latest research, and can be used by search committees to learn about a job applicant.

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