F. Key Kidder left journalism to pursue a career in government relations, politics and PR, but he still likes to keep one hand in writing. He can be reached at email@example.com or 410-963-4426.
Published: May 2 2013
During the past several years, the scientific community has been subjected to a campaign to improve communications with the external public. The drumbeat for enhanced engagement emanated from a range of interests. People working in industry, academia, and professional organizations as well as communication scholars and gurus all aggressively urged scientists to refine what they say and how they say it in dealings with global collaborators, citizens, funders, opinion leaders, and legislators— all to better improve relationships and outcomes.
Published: March 5 2013
The Prisoner’s Dilemma, a classic game theory scenario, perhaps best illustrates the quandary confronting two parties, wherein cooperation and trust is the high road best taken, and acting in one’s own self-interest the low road to doom. Under the rules of the game, two accomplices are interrogated separately. Should one decide to implicate the other, he or she will go free, while his or her partner in crime is jailed for ten years. If both confess, each gets five years. But if neither talks, both get off lightly. It’s a clear win-win, the best possible outcome—yet can they rely on one another to follow suit?
Published: November 5 2012
A scientific star was born when the rover Curiosity descended through the Martian atmosphere in August. Viewers watching NASA’s live feed were captivated as flight director Bobak Ferdowski guided the rover through “seven minutes of terror” to its final touchdown on the Red Planet. Bobak was dressed to kill—his Mohawk hairstyle sported red and blue highlights, offset with white stars bleached into the sides of his head.
Published: September 5 2012
Not that long ago dialogue was the communication problem du jour in the scientific community. The prevailing deficit communications model had been discredited. Scientific monologues that stuffed factoids into the knowledge void of the
Published: July 6 2012
Two lab managers strike up a conversation at an international conference. Their research is complementary and their ambitions meld—surely they will do great science together. Gripped by great expectations, they agree to collaborate on a project....
Published: November 3 2011
The scientific community has historically taken a dim view of communications with nonscientific publics. No thanks, said scientists. What an imposition! Why bother? What good could possibly come from interrupting research, sticking our necks out
Published: September 6 2011
It is ever more difficult to argue that motivating knowledge workers is not the Holy Grail for 21st century lab managers. “Leadership,” according to management consultants, “is the process of motivating people to work together to accomplish great
Published: May 4 2011
In 2002, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) embarked on an educational project to leave no young manager behind. HHMI and BWF, both in the business of career development, sought to lighten the load of nov
Published: November 10 2010
In the great global game to woo and win scientific talent, more employers are extending non-cash motivators as the proverbial carrot. Attracting and retaining talent without pay increases is absolutely a discussion people are having.
Published: September 9 2010
Scientific communication researchers see a change in the prevailing mode of scientific communicationthe top-down deficit modelto one in which being engaged with the public at some level is just part of what it means to be a scientist.
Published: June 10 2010
An array of partnership business models has emerged from the slow dance and courtship between industry, academia and government. Joint ventures, in-and-out licensing agreements, material transfer agreements, corporate-sponsored research agreements a
Published: August 31 2009
I do think that were entering an age when scientists are increasingly aware of the social and political implications of their work. Many scientists are not just open to the idea of interacting with the public, but see that as an obligation. - Dietra
Published: May 13 2009
By most accounts, Americas biosecurity culture remains a work in progress as scientists adapt to new regulatory performance standards and policy makers grapple with the emerging tensions between the new regulations and the best interests of scientifi
Published: September 17 2008
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School. Everything in research science is risky, like were setting out on an expedition into an unknown, uncharted place.