Why 40% of Americans are unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine

January 26th 2021 TL:DR Vaccines work. Vaccines save lives. Safety and efficacy will continue to be monitored for the life of any FDA approved vaccine. There are reasonable scientific and ethical concerns which remain with respect to COVID-19 vaccines—however, the benefits of taking either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine outweigh the costs of not doing … Continue reading Why 40% of Americans are unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Speaking of Research Year in Review 2020

December 31st 2020 This year has been a difficult one to say the least. Like many of you, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us at Speaking of Research in major ways—with re-prioritization of time to child, elder and other care, the switch to online teaching and other major job related decisions, the experience … Continue reading Speaking of Research Year in Review 2020

Speaking of Research Year in Review 2019

January 1st 2020 It’s been a great year for Speaking of Research, with over 600,000 site visits and sustained engagement by our 5000+ avid social media followers and readers. As in previous years, we worked closely with media outlets and scientific and other advocacy organizations  to defend public interests in science, support scientists, encourage greater … Continue reading Speaking of Research Year in Review 2019

Speaking of Research Year in Review 2018

It's been a great year for Speaking of Research. Visits to the website rose 6% to break new records in 2018, with more new content added than in any previous year. It is not just web traffic which saw an increase, our media work also increased in 2018, as we worked closely with outlets including … Continue reading Speaking of Research Year in Review 2018

Call for Increased Openness Receives Continued Response

We are pleased to tell you that our letter from America’s scientific community calling for increased openness in animal research continues to receive lots of attention. Here’s a brief update. The Letter For those unfamiliar with the effort, Speaking of Research organized an open letter from America’s scientific community advocating for greater openness and communication … Continue reading Call for Increased Openness Receives Continued Response

Speaking of Research Year in Review 2017

It's been a great year for Speaking of Research. Visits to the website rose 30% to break new records in 2017, with more new content added than in any previous year. It is not just web traffic which saw a large rise, our media work also increased in 2017 as we provided comment to outlets … Continue reading Speaking of Research Year in Review 2017

2017 SFN Attendees: Does your research depend on animal models?

If it does, consider adding this session to your conference plan: What: SFN Animals in Research Panel. How to Effectively Communicate Your Animal Research:  Elevator Speech, Social Media, and Best Practices.  When & Where:  Monday November 13. Noon-2pm. Room 103A Why? (as in, SFN is busy enough, why add a "non-new-science-discoveries-session" to your already packed … Continue reading 2017 SFN Attendees: Does your research depend on animal models?

Guest Post. How to Engage with the Public About Animal Research: Society for Neuroscience Panelists Offer Strategies to Scientists During Annual Meeting

Today's guest post is from Amanda Dettmer, Ph.D.,  a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Dr. Dettmer is a developmental psychobiologist whose research examines the early life organization of sociocognitive development in nonhuman primates. She received her PhD in Neuroscience & Behavior from the University of Massachusetts … Continue reading Guest Post. How to Engage with the Public About Animal Research: Society for Neuroscience Panelists Offer Strategies to Scientists During Annual Meeting