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Biology in the News by Mind Map: Biology in the News
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Biology in the News

1. How manuscripts get published in the scientific literature



Theory, What is a theory?, How do scientists use this term?, What is a hypothesis?


Funding agencies, NSF, NIH, EPA, USDA, DOE, DOD, NASA


Write manuscript

Types of manuscripts, Data paper, Review, Idea

Peer review


2. How scientific publications reach the media

Press release


From Nature:   Publication and the media Original research papers are assigned to an issue two weeks before publication, at which time authors will receive an e-mail notifying them of their scheduled publication date. Many papers are published online ahead of the print publication date: these authors will also be informed by e-mail when the online publication date is confirmed. All authors are informed of publication dates, whether ahead of or simultaneous with, the printed issue, on the day that Nature schedules them.   A week before the publication of an issue, Nature’s press office distributes a press release summarizing the content and highlighting papers of particular interest. Journalists are given the names of corresponding authors, together with phone and fax numbers and e-mail addresses. On the Friday before publication, journalists are also given online access to the full text of all papers due to appear in that issue, whether or not the paper is summarized in the press release. They are permitted to show papers to independent specialists of their own choosing a few days in advance of publication, again under embargo conditions, solely for the purpose of eliciting comments on the work described.   Authors should try and be available to answer any enquiries in the days leading up to publication. Before publication, Nature's press office also informs the public information departments of all authors’ institutions to allow them to prepare their own publicity. Authors and their institutions are advised to coordinate any of their own publicity with Nature's press office, in the first instance by e-mail after their paper is accepted for publication.   The content of the press release and material described therein is embargoed until 1800 London time/1300 US Eastern Time on the day before publication and in all cases, authors are required to comply with Nature's pre-publicity and embargo policies.

Media blitz


Ants in Brazil

Frogs and disease

Virtual lizards

Shrinking salamanders, The article, Altmetric,

3. Types of media outlets

Printed media

Scientific journal

Scientific book

Popular media, Newspaper, Magazine, Book

Online media

Scientific journal



Social media, Twitter, Facebook, Others



4. How to search for biological news

Search engines

Google Scholar



Web of Knowledge



News aggregators, Science Daily






Social Media


In the news (2014)...

Week of Jan 27


Neanderthals and us

Monarchs going extinct

Stem cells

Honeybee collapse

Antioxidants and cancer

Climate change and wine

Week of Feb 3

Brain science

Fight club for flies

Climate change and you

Global cancer problem

Men more likely to get flu

Sugar makes you fat...and sick

Week of Feb 24

Immunizations down...old diseases up

Invasive Zebra Mussels

Super Size Me

Old dads and mental illness

Scientist weigh in on climate...again

Should you have your ovaries removed?

Dad + mom + mom = baby

Ancient Whale Graveyard

Can animals keep a beat?

Back from the dead

Course Syllabus

Weekly reflections

Science journal

Make sure that your entry for your science journal contains answers to the following question for each article. - What's the news? - What's cool or controversal about this news? - What's the science behind the news?- What are the key terms? What do they mean?- Were there any concepts that you didn't understand? - Why should I care? How does it relate to me? Make sure to provide the article title and source for each entry.


Frogs: The Thin Green Line

Climate it real?

Evolution in action

Chytrid, New species infects salamanders, Policy issues, Op-ed by scientists, Primary literature, Questions to answer in journal, What's in the news?, What's cool or controversial about this news?, What's the science behind the news?, What are the key terms? What do they mean? Explain any unfamiliar concepts (you might need to look these up), Why should I care? How does it relate to me?

Debate topic: Are EPA levels of atrazine safe?, Questions to consider, What is Atrazine?, What is a safe dose of Atrazine?, What are the health risks of Atrazine?, Why do studies find conflicting results?, Who performs the studies?, Who pays for the studies?, Could the effects of Atrizine be cause by something else?, Would you drink water which contains atrizine at or below EPA suggested levels?, What are the effects of atrizine in the environment?, Where is artisan found in the environment?, How should Atrizine be regulated?, What are the benefits of Atrizine?, Do the benefits offset the costs?, Useful links, Preserving environmental health and scientific credibility: a practical guide to reducing conflicts of interest, Scientific American, Rohr and McCoy 2010, EPA, Tyrone Hayes's outreach site, An Anti-Tyrone Hayes site, New Yorker, Syngenta, NRDC, NYTimes, Google Scholar, Web of Science

The Vaccine War

Debate topic: Where is the line between personal freedom and social responsibility?, Questions to consider, How do vaccines work?, What are the potential complications?, What are the potential benefits?, Who's at risk if not vaccinated?, Who is at fault if a non vaccinated child dies?, Are there any exceptions?, What are the current laws?, What are the harmful ingredients in vaccines?, How harmful are they in what dose?, Useful links, Wakefield study, Retracted form the Lancet, Some background, Scientific American, Straight Talk about Vaccination, List of articles related to vaccines, Why Whooping Cough vaccines are wearing off, When wil we have a vaccine for Ebola?, Vaccine opt outs contribute to whooping cough, The ethics of opting out, Side effects/risks of vaccines (CDC), List of side effects for specific diseases, Childhood vaccines: tough questions straight answers, Vaccine controversies (Wikipedia), Anti-vaccination sites, Vaccination Liberation, Think Twice, Vac Truth, Generation Rescue, Law & Order SVU: "Selfish", ProCon


And Weed 2

Debate, Pro: Weed is OK for recreational use, If cannabis is not legal, then neither should alcohol be legal, At what age should cannabis be legal for recreational use?, Con: Weed is only OK for medical use, Alcohol should still be legal for recreation, At what age should cannabis be legal for medical use?

In the News

Week of Jan 12

Extinctions in the Ocean

Humans and the Anthropocene

Exercise and Health

Coral Reefs in danger

Zoology in the Internet Age

Head to the Hills

Flu shots

Week of Jan 26

3D printing in medicine

Genes for long life

Snakes older than we thought

Unconscious thought not so smart

Mickey Mouse and Measles

Bees and health