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I am of the opinion that science education (e. g. outreach) is an integral part of scientific progress - just as an experiment is worth nothing if the results are not reported, scientific research loses its purpose if it remains hidden from the public, since science is ultimately a human endeavor. Papers are getting harder to read (Plavén-Sigray et al., 2017), many are behind a paywall (that includes those published in "top" journals such as Science and Nature), and the sheer number of papers published per unit of time makes it hard to keep up if you aren't part of the scientific community, so the role of science communicators is a crucial one.
It's common knowledge that social media use continues to rise - because of this, it's been recognized that there's an actual potential to utilize these "new platforms" as educational tools in one way or another (Greenhow & Robelia, 2009; Evans, 2014; Moll & Nielsen, 2015). So what is this all about? I certainly do not claim to be the new Carl Sagan, but as someone directly involved with scientific research I can do my part: I'm starting a blog about the most awesome field in all of the sciences ever zoology! Yes, there are zoology blogs in existence already, but you can never get enough of it - besides, I will try to make things more interesting by writing about related fields like paleontology and ecology. Stay tuned for taxonomic trouble, evolutionary madness and giant cephalopods! :D

Refs:
Evans, C. 2014. Twitter for teaching: Can social media be used to enhance the process of learning? British Journal of Educational Technology, 45(5), 902-915.
Greenhow, C. & Robelia, B. 2009. Informal learning and identity formation in online social networks. Learning, Media and Technology, 34(2), 119-140.
Moll, R. & Nielsen, W. 2017. Development and validation of a social media and science learning survey. International Journal of Science Education, 7(1), 14-30.
Plavén-Sigray, P., Matheson, G. J., Schiffler, B. C. & thompson, W. H. 2017. The readability of scientific texts is decreasing over time. Preprint. doi:10.1101/119370.
I am of the opinion that science education (e. g. outreach) is an integral part of scientific progress - just as an experiment is worth nothing if the results are not reported, scientific research loses its purpose if it remains hidden from the public, since science is ultimately a human endeavor. Papers are getting harder to read (Plavén-Sigray et al., 2017), many are behind a paywall (that includes those published in "top" journals such as Science and Nature), and the sheer number of papers published per unit of time makes it hard to keep up if you aren't part of the scientific community, so the role of science communicators is a crucial one.
It's common knowledge that social media use continues to rise - because of this, it's been recognized that there's an actual potential to utilize these "new platforms" as educational tools in one way or another (Greenhow & Robelia, 2009; Evans, 2014; Moll & Nielsen, 2015). So what is this all about? I certainly do not claim to be the new Carl Sagan, but as someone directly involved with scientific research I can do my part: I'm starting a blog about the most awesome field in all of the sciences ever zoology! Yes, there are zoology blogs in existence already, but you can never get enough of it - besides, I will try to make things more interesting by writing about related fields like paleontology and ecology. Stay tuned for taxonomic trouble, evolutionary madness and giant cephalopods! :D

Refs:
Evans, C. 2014. Twitter for teaching: Can social media be used to enhance the process of learning? British Journal of Educational Technology, 45(5), 902-915.
Greenhow, C. & Robelia, B. 2009. Informal learning and identity formation in online social networks. Learning, Media and Technology, 34(2), 119-140.
Moll, R. & Nielsen, W. 2017. Development and validation of a social media and science learning survey. International Journal of Science Education, 7(1), 14-30.
Plavén-Sigray, P., Matheson, G. J., Schiffler, B. C. & thompson, W. H. 2017. The readability of scientific texts is decreasing over time. Preprint. doi:10.1101/119370.

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Environmental biology student, pursuing an academic career in zoology. Science is awesome!
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Shanglong87 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  New Deviant
Hi, do you remember me? I am Rahula87 :D
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hiii, how are you? I hope you spent awesome Christmas holidays and i wish you a great 2017^^
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Jeholbird Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Not bad, just a tad busy - heh, college life. How about you? :D
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can understand, i am pretty busy with my University studies as i decided to finish my last exams after a temporary period of stop due to my familt issues. I am pretty happy in this period, healthy and creative :D
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Jeholbird Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's hoping that everything's alright. What are you studying?
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi how are you? ^^
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Jeholbird Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well hello there. I'm fine, thanks :) How about you?
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am doing really well, my health is very good, my creativity is at its best, i do some private lessons that makes money. I am happy :D
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Jeholbird Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! Pretty much the opposite here regarding "creativity" because I've kind of given up on art, to the point of selling my Wacom. Ah, the twists and turns of life...
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Megalotitan Featured By Owner Edited Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, may I ask what brings you to my group? :)
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