Last Call for Entries: AIP’s 2020 Science Communication Awards

The American Institute of Physics is accepting nominations for the 2020 AIP Science Communication Awards through March 31, 2020. Four awards will be given for the best science writing in books; magazine, newspaper or online articles; children’s books and other works intended for children; and broadcast and online. Works should be intended for a general audience and will be judged on their ability to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of physics and related fields.

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Don’t blame the messenger — unless it’s all stats and no story

In some cases of ineffective messaging, it might be appropriate, despite the aphorism to the contrary, to blame the messenger.
“Our findings suggest that telling stories when communicating can make the speaker appear more warm and trustworthy, as opposed to speaking some other way, such as providing only statistics and figures,” says UB researcher.

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Call for Entries: Awards for Science Writing

The American Institute of Physics is accepting submissions for the 2020 AIP Science Communication Awards. The awards were established in 1968 to recognize the best examples of science writing in the previous year. Entries should be intended for a general audience and will be judged on their ability to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of physics and related fields. The four categories are books; magazine, newspaper or online articles; writing for children; and broadcast and new media productions. The deadline for entries is March 31, 2020.

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New MSU study corrects ‘fake news’ on social media

A Mississippi State University researcher and a recent graduate are publishing their new study on how the dissemination of correct information on social media platforms can shift public perception amid a wave of “fake news.”

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Paul Ginsparg Named Winner of the 2020 AIP Karl Compton Medal

The American Institute of Physics is pleased to announce Paul Ginsparg, a professor at Cornell University and founder of arXiv, as the winner of AIP’s 2020 Karl Taylor Compton Medal for Leadership in Physics. Named after prominent physicist Karl Taylor Compton, the medal is presented by AIP every four years to highly distinguished physicists like Ginsparg who have made outstanding contributions through exceptional statesmanship in physics.

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The American Institute of Physics Announces 2019 Science Communication Award Winners

The winners of the 2019 AIP Science Communication Awards are announced for their topical works on robotics inspired by animals, the nature of the universe, climate change, the awe and excitement of space, and the mystery of black holes. The winners are David L. Hu, Marcia Bartusiak, Nathaniel Rich, Raman Prinja, and Rushmore DeNooyer.

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