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SAGE Ocean Speaker Series #3: How Technology Fails Us & What to Do

#SAGETalks returns with the third installment of the FREE SAGE Ocean Speaker Series on June 11th in London at 6pm. Keith Porcaro, fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, will present his work on data trusts, a legal tool for governing and protecting digital movements.

2 years ago

How to Tell a Story in Your Research Paper

People love stories. We watch, read, tell, and listen to stories every day. Despite this, most researchers don’t think in terms of story when they write a journal paper. To Anna Clemens, that’s a missed opportunity, that she helps solve so that we may be ready to write a paper that is concise, compelling, and easy to understand.

2 years ago

Transforming Research into an Illustrated Abstract

Publishing research that can be accessed as widely as possible is clearly crucial, but ensuring that research is accessible to similarly large groups of people is an altogether different challenge. Lucy Lambe explains how the LSE Library has worked with a comics creator and illustrator to create illustrated abstracts of articles that were funded to publish open access last year.

2 years ago

How to Design an Award-Winning Conference Poster

A good academic conference poster serves a dual purpose: it is both an effective networking tool and a way to communicate your research. But many academics fail to produce a truly visually arresting conference poster which make connections are lost. Tullio Rossi offers guidance on how to produce an outstanding conference poster.

2 years ago
Scene from odyssey

The ‘Odyssey’ of Today’s Leadership Crisis

Centuries ago, myths helped the Greeks learn to reject tyrannical authority and identify the qualities of good leadership. Emily Anhalt argues that the same myths that long predate the world’s very first democracy have lessons for us today – just as they did for the ancient Greeks centuries ago.

2 years ago

Call for Nominations for the 2018 CASBS-SAGE Awards

CASBS at Stanford University and SAGE Publishing are announcing nominations to the fifth annual SAGE-CASBS awards. The award goes to researchers who have made outstanding societal contributions by using social and behavioral research to address or understand vital social concerns.

2 years ago
David's archive

Archive, Therefore I Am

What is one’s legacy after a half century as an academic? Although it’s not his only legacy, our David Canter considers the ‘archive’ of surveys, old journals, letters and other reputed ‘data’ that makes up a paper simulacrum of the real David Canter.

2 years ago
Filling out a survey

Survey Asks Questions About Scholarly Journal Use

In the latest iteration of a survey series she’s been running for four decades, Carol Tenopir aims to assess the value of access to scholarly journals by examining patterns of use and reading. Your input is sought.

2 years ago

Nick Seaver on Dissecting the Algorithmic Organism

When discussing the nexus of computer science and social science, the transaction is usually in one direction – what can computer scientists do for social scientists. But a recent paper from Tufts University anthropologist Nick Seaver reverses that flow, using the tool of ethnography to interrogate the tools of engineering.

2 years ago

Scientists in Need of Arts Training

How can universities train our scientists, technologists and engineers to engage with society rather than perform as cogs in the engine of economic development? Author Richard Lachman asks for educational system to require STEM students to take art and humanities courses, not as an attempt to “broaden minds” but as a necessary discussion of morals, ethics and responsibility.

3 years ago