For all you science lovers, I have an exciting discovery to share!
Scientific education and communication has come a long way since I was in graduate school (which is not that long ago!). Science has become way more fun, accessible, and interactive. And conversations on diverse perspectives on science and medicine are often kept alive via social media. It’s definitely an exciting time to be a student and scientist.
Maybe you’re familiar with the Science Ask Me Anything (AMA) live chats on redditscience(/r/science), the popular online gathering place for researchers, students, and others interested in science. It’s a really fantastic platform for discussing scientific/medical developments with experts in the field, and you can pretty much ask them about anything—and everything!
Via Reddit Science AMAs, you can have direct conversations and gain insight into the personalities of unique individuals, including President Barack Obama, Sir David Attenborough, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and many others.
As a science graduate, journal clubs were a huge part of my training. During these small group sessions, we’d discuss selected journal articles with the hope of gaining insight into the objectives, methods, and findings of the authors.
But wouldn’t it be more cool to have journal clubs where you can actually communicate with authors rather than speculate on their research objectives and findings?
One such avenue is the ‘PLOS Science Wednesday AMA‘ where published authors from the PLOS (The Public Library of Science) journal—a nonprofit publisher and advocate of Open Access research—share their stories behind their research. Interested participants can chat directly with the featured PLOS author (or team), while anyone with an Internet connection is free to read along. Live chats are usually ongoing on Twitter @PLOS as well.
Have you participated in a Reddit Science AMA? What was your experience?
Check out this link for previous Science AMAs.