As a science communicator its pretty thrilling to be two titles away from President Barack Obama in Science this week with a piece about the insect festival that I head up.
However, it's a little disappointing that this 285 word feature is behind a paywall (and at least a bit ironic, as its in a series titled, ‘Outside the Tower’).
Its had me thinking about access to information, and the forums available for us to wrap our minds around the waves of change that science spurs. And, of course, I’ve thought a lot about the credit that scientists and communicators do or do not get for participating in these various arenas and what that means for the possibility of vital discourse. Others have written about these things here and here.
All of this has made me appreciate the role and importance of SciArt anew. Its often beautiful, and / or thought provoking, and (relatively) accessible. So if you’re looking around for gifts (Valentine’s Day is around the corner!) why not check out SciArt on Etsy?
Follow #sciart on Twitter or Instagram to find artists or works that you love. Or give the gift of a lifetime subscription of SciArt for just $60?
A big nod of gratitude to the folks at SciArt Center for all of the bridges that they create!
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Brittany Ransom is an award-winning artist, technologist, and assistant professor of Sculpture and New Genres at California State University, Long Beach.
Cara Gibson is a graphic designer, director of Science Communications, and Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson.