Volume 3 2015

Wisconsin's Water Library

Actionable Science Making Science Matter

Providing good, unbiased science to the public and policy makers of the state and Great Lakes region is an important responsibility of Sea Grant, and as part of that effort, we are increasing the impact of our projects by encouraging outreach and communication —“actionable science.” To read and learn more about this push, the library has built a collection of relevant books. For more titles on actionable science, visit our website.

Am I Making Myself Clear?
By Cornelia Dean. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009.
New York Times science writer Cornelia Dean has written a guidebook for scientists on talking to the public. It aims to show scientists how to speak to the public, handle the media and describe their work to a lay audience on paper, online and over the airwaves.

A Field Guide for Science Writers
Edited By Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, Robin Marantz Henig. New York: Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2006. 
Scientists must transform the jargon-laden language and arcane concepts of the science world into something the rest of us can understand and even appreciate. This book is a report by more than 30 science writers from a variety of disciplines on what is entailed in their writing fields.

Don’t be Such a Scientist—Talking Substance in the Age of Style
By Randy Olson. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2009.
Written by a marine biologist turned filmmaker, the book presents a model for the effective communication of technical information to broad audiences.

Explaining Research—How to Reach Key Audiences to Advance Your Work
By Dennis Meredith. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
A comprehensive communications guidebook for scientists, engineers and physicians. The author maps out how scientists can use sophisticated tools and techniques to disseminate their discoveries to important audiences.

The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical steps to succeed and critical errors to avoid
By Michael Alley. New York: Springer, 2nd edition, 2013.
The author presents scores of examples from contemporary and historical scientific presentations to show what makes an effective oral presentation.

If you wish to see more books on this topic, visit our website.

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.











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