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July 6th, 2018 / Scientific American

Esther Ngumbi, postdoctoral researcher at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Entomology Department and a Food Security Fellow with Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship, writes:

Scientific discoveries that can improve people’s lives and change the world should be communicated widely with the public, but too often that valuable knowledge is locked in academic papers and conferences. This must change.

Even though science communication is a popular subject in universities, academic circles and professional societies, scientists are rarely rewarded for doing it. Instead, to promote assistant professors to tenured associate and full professors, many universities only consider and value peer-reviewed articles, actual grants funded, and presentations made at scientific conferences. Because that is what universities value, individual scientists must decide whether to fit science communication into their already busy and demanding schedules. Read more