Hi ASCers,

Christmas reading?

If you haven't already checked it out, take a look at the new Australian Science Blogs web page compiled by George Aranda:


In addition, Dr Len Fisher has pointed us towards his blog today too:


More from Len about his aims below.

Do you have more science blogs you enjoy?

Please share!



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From: Len Fisher <Len.Fisher@bristol.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 1:12 PM

I would like to draw the attention of your members to a new free resource now available on my website: "Mini Stories from Science", updated with a new post each weekday (http://lenfisherscience.com/category/think-like-a-scientist/mini-stories-from-science-think-like-a-scientist/).

My aim is to provide (very) short stories of how scientists think and get their ideas (copy of extended description below).

I believe that your members will find it of interest, and hope that you will be able to find some way of letting them know about it. RSS feed is available, and I also notify updates on Twitter @LenFisherScienc

Extended description below.

With best wishes

Len Fisher

Dr Len Fisher, FRSN, FRSC, FRACI, C.Chem., FInstP, FLS

Visiting Research Fellow

School of Physics

University of Bristol





The most effective way of teaching and communicating science that I know is to take students, listeners and viewers behind the scenes to share WHY scientists ask the questions that they do and HOW they go about looking for answers. Unfortunately, many teachers and other communicators still focus primarily on WHAT scientists do or have done. This is like a football commentator baldly stating that a player kicked the ball into the net, without saying anything about the significance of the match, the effect on the result, or even the name of the player.

One reason that the why and how are so often missing is that teachers and communicators simply don’t know about them. It’s not their fault – this sort of material is often only accessible to insiders, and frequently hidden by the scientists concerned. They build beautiful conceptual structures, but take the scaffolding away before they let anyone see the result.

But if science is to be a truly integral part of our culture, people need to understand, appreciate, and be enthralled by the process, not just the result. This is where my experience as an interdisciplinary scientist and communicator comes in. It has enabled me to collect stories from personal experience, biographical snippets, and anecdotal material that reflect the real practice of science, as opposed to the laundered, trimmed and tidied-up version that is usually taught.

I offer these stories here as an ongoing resource for teachers and communicators to help add texture and depth to their communication. I have no idea how it is going to turn out; all that I know is that I have to do it. To keep up, just register for RSS feed!


Kali Madden

Executive Officer, Australian Science Communicators

& ASC Conference Director 2010, 2012, 2014