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Scientist, Speak Up: Four Views

One As Mary Woolley stated,1 it is long overdue for scientists to talk to and communicate with nonscientists. I agree that science will greatly benefit from letting the general public know more about what scientists do. I also agree that we cannot rely entirely on science writers and journalists to interpret science to the general public. Scientists themselves have to do so. I especially like the response to the inquiry to scientists, "What do you do?" I agree that a confident "I work for you

Elizabeth Hays

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As Mary Woolley stated,1 it is long overdue for scientists to talk to and communicate with nonscientists. I agree that science will greatly benefit from letting the general public know more about what scientists do. I also agree that we cannot rely entirely on science writers and journalists to interpret science to the general public. Scientists themselves have to do so. I especially like the response to the inquiry to scientists, "What do you do?" I agree that a confident "I work for you" would do wonders to start a conversation off.

There is a special group of the general public that I feel it is even more important for research scientists to talk to: science teachers and their students. No matter if it is an elementary, middle, or high school, or even two-year and four-year college teachers, scientists have to do more to explain to them their...

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