5 Tips to Simplify Academic Writing for General Audiences

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As a researcher, you communicate your work to a wide variety of people daily. Besides engaging in jargon-rich discussions with your peers, you might share your research on a personal website, talk about it at a community event, or write about it on social media. Plain language can help you reach beyond academia and ensure […]

Library’s Center for Health & Science Communication seeks staff to expand services

Do you know someone who is passionate about helping scientists effectively share the benefits and impact of their work to diverse audiences? Becker Library’s Center for Health and Science Communication is expanding its capacity to further enhance its services around science communication and is actively seeking candidates for its new position. 

Commit to using plain language in the new year

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Have you wondered how to improve the documents and forms your department shares with research participants and patients? Plain language is one of the best tools to ensure your writing is clear and accessible to all. Research shows it can increase research participation, improve adherence, and overall, lead to better health outcomes.  A few of […]

Key takeaways from #SciComm Week

Dr. Joyce Balls-Berry, Melissa Marshall and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

Becker Library recently hosted its first #SciComm Week to launch its new Center for Health and Science Communication. Three exceptional science communicators shared their expertise for the series. Here are a few highlights from the presentations. Transforming Slide Design Melissa Marshall, Founder of Present Your Science, kicked off the week by sharing the assertion-evidence slide design […]

Health numeracy: Tips for communicating numbers with patients and research participants

We communicate numbers daily in healthcare and clinical research. Patients and research participants are asked to decipher their risk reduction, manage their medication dosing, understand their lab results and much more. Yet, nine out of ten U.S. adults do not have the appropriate numeracy skills for these situations.1   So how can we help our […]

Keep it simple when communicating about COVID-19

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In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the general public has been asked to learn many public health terms. “Novel virus,” “social distancing” and “contact tracing” are now part of our everyday language. Meanwhile, we know that the average adult struggles to understand health information. But it is even more complex when communicating about a […]