Questions tagged [outreach]

Questions on activities targeted at parties (the general public, industry, the government) outside of academia.

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Conducting a Podcast with A Star Researcher In Our Field

I am doing a podcast on a voluntary basis with researchers in our field! I have been asked to try to reach the X star researcher in our field who is highly respected in the field. I feel excited, ...
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Potential consequences of providing voluntary work for a team I've been forced to leave

I have been forced to leave my previous institute by my former principal investigator. At the institute I have solved problems regarding the software, and I enjoyed giving help as much as I can to ...
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Field-dependency of politics and public shaming in academia

I have recently been quite shocked to learn of the blog of an accomplished string theorist, which includes a lot of personal invective against physicists he disagrees with, as well as a lot of non-...
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Is a request to publish an article in Research Features scam or a real thing?

I regularly receive emails from Open Access predatory journals or conferences asking me to publish an article or attend some kind of conference somewhere. Usually, those emails are easy to identify. ...
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Does social media and mainstream presence, through interviews and publishing in the “trade press”, help one's chances at tenure?

One of our lab directors, on tenure track, has been active in the mainstream, e.g. doing science interviews on radio, tv, newpapers, and another researcher (post-doc, I think) has published in the "...
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Public engagement – why, when and how?

I believe in public engagement and personally, I think all PhD students should engage in some form of public engagement. During my PhD, I’ve done activities at primary schools and participate in a few ...
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Explicit request for collaboration/support in publications

If I am publishing a conference paper and/or journal article which is about an ongoing, larger project, is it acceptable or even heard of to not only announce expected future work but also to ...
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How can we justify basic research funding?

Definitions: Basic science is research conducted without immediate applications in mind. It is driven by the "curiosity [...] to expand [humanity's] knowledge, not to create or invent something." ...
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Is sharing research progress and ideas on blog acceptable?

Public outreach is an important part of being a researcher, in my opinion, and blogging is the method of choice for many researchers. Is it okay to share recent research progress, explain publicly ...
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Choosing appropriate words for lay summary of a health research project

The lay summary of a research proposal is often needed to secure grants and get wide public support and engagement, especially in health research. I understand that the more a scientist understands ...
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Can an outsider use university facilities for a technical discussion group?

As one with significant interest and some knowledge in the subfield of computer architecture, living reasonably close to a university, the idea of organizing and facilitating a discussion/reading ...
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How to give a good lab tour?

I am often called upon to give a "lab tour" to visitors, including but not limited to: prospective graduate students candidates for summer research positions (including undergraduate and high school ...
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Textbook copies for Outreach Programs

I am a PhD Student doing outreach with High school Juniors and Seniors in STEM. There is a book on mathematical proofs, "How To Prove It" by Daniel Velleman, that I think most of the mathematically ...
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How to list online publications (e.g. blog posting, etc.)?

I am updating my CV. As for my own publications, I have the usual sections: Journal articles Book chapters Conference proceedings I would also like to include the articles I have posted on different ...
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Why are contributions to the education of the broader public not valued much within academia?

Scientists not only need to discover new knowledge but also have to share the knowledge to others. For the former, we have things like universities, collaborate groups and journals to take charge. For ...
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How should I go about doing meaningful academic outreach as a graduate student?

I am a Hispanic student (senior undergraduate) from a socioeconomically disadvantaged background pursuing a graduate degree in Physics in US (I just finished submitting my applications). I do not know ...
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Why do some research centres and university department publish a multi-year future strategic plan?

I noticed that a few research centres and university departments provide a multi-year strategic plan document on their websites. For example, IIT (Italian Institute of Technology) and Stanford ...
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What is the optimal balance of time spent on research vs. volunteering/leadership/organizing in grad school and beyond?

In graduate school I have found that along with being a producer of good research, fellowships/post-doctoral advisers/faculty search committee are also often interested in what one has done outside of ...
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Should I charge entry for a public lecture?

I am a research scientist, and as part of my role I am expected to perform some form of public outreach and engagement. I enjoy outreach activities and giving public lectures. I have a suspicion ...
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Eagle Scout rank on CV?

Q: Should I keep Eagle Scout (the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America) on my CV? I do not think that this is an appropriate item to include on a CV. ...