Some thoughts on community outreach- AAAS MemberCentral post

Kellie Irwin teaches a student about sea life. (U.S. Navy photo)

In 2007 John Holdren, former AAAS president and current science adviser to President Obama, took scientists to task for their lack of community engagement. Holdren proposed that scientists dedicate ten percent of their professional time “to increase the benefits of science and technology for the human condition.” What are the factors that stop scientists (including me) from being more involved in community outreach activities? And how can we improve this?

Read the rest of my AAAS MemberCentral post here.


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