Nature Network posts, events and good reading

A few useful links and some weekend light reading suggestions via Nature Network:

Who’s got an opinion on public engagement with science? asks Nature Network London editor Matt Brown.

An overview of science-related “stuff” at Second Life, by T. Troy McGonaghy of Science in the Metaverse. Via the link, you can see the slides and a video of Troy’s presentation at the recent Virtual Worlds: Libraries, Education and Museums conference.

On the Visualization and Science forum, Hilary Spencer posts what she calls a “rant” about powerpoint, public speaking and blog posts. I’d define it as a strongly opinionated article: it contains her reactions to presentations at a recent conference she attended, and provides some useful advice about how to make and how not to make helpful slides. In a post with a related theme, Nuruddeen Lewis at his blog Lab Daze provides a very useful primer about how to give a talk: ‘Tips for nailing your next presentation’.

Martin Fenner on his excellent blog Gobbledygook writes on the “complicated” aspects of paper writing: all those policy and format requirements, ethical bodies’ requirements, and international nomenclature committees’ pronouncements. And Richard Grant, at The Scientist blog, hosts a discussion on writing style: ‘On the care and training of students, especially the training.’

Stew at Flags and Lollipops picks up on various recent posts and articles about the lack of take-up among scientists of the online commenting facilities often offered by journals on the papers they publish. Stew takes previous suggestions with a pinch of salt, homing in on the two main reasons he believes inhibit people from writing comments on published papers.

LabLit publishes the first installment of Private Investigations, a four-part story about the adventures of a very special scientist-for-hire. The author? He or she is not unknown to Nature Network, as a small amount of detective work will reveal.

What is the best way forward for Eastern Europe’s science? asks Mico Tatalovic at Cambridge Student blog, in an article featuring the new life-sciences institutue MedILS at Split, Croatia.

If you are in reach of London, there are some unusual science-related events coming up, listed by Li-Kim Lee (see links for further details): Elizabethan Sea Charts and Maps (behind the scenes); Francis Crick – DNA and beyond; Leonardo’s philosophical anatomies; and my favourite, Prince Rupert, Cavalier and Scientist.

Today (14 March, which in the US style is 3.14) is Pi day; see Gobbledygook for links to the Pi day website, but also to some music, including the American Pi song — as Martin points out, best listened to at 1:59 today.

And finally, again from Matt Brown, Nature Network’s ten most prolific bloggers over the past six months, with links to the blogs concerned. They’ll give you a good taste of the lively discussion on the network – do join us there.


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