Entries by Olle Bergman

Kelley Swain, Poet-in-Residence in Oxford: “I will never become bored with writing poetry about natural history”

During 2016, Kelley Swain has been one of three poets in residence at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. “It’s a safe bet that poets will be interested in being ‘in residence’ at your institution,” she says.  The residency has been a part of the Visions of Nature year and included three established UK poets who are known […]

Using poetic verse for scientific abstracts – a study by Sam Illingworth

Can the accessibility of a scientific article be improved if the original abstract is interpreted in poetic verse? Sam Illingworth – SciComm teacher at Manchester University and  science poet – recently decided to explore this. The study: Are scientific abstracts written in poetic verse an effective representation of the underlying research? Hi Sam, how did you get the idea […]

Lale conquered glossophobia by learning everything about public speaking

Lale Byquist refused to let her glossophobia—i.e. fear of public speaking—stand in her way. Her method? “Learning everything about the fear of public speaking and ways to conquer it”. Her structured knowledge now makes up the website presentationskills.me. This web article concludes the theme “Using oral communication to inform, inspire and instigate”. Hi Lale! The way you […]

Science for babies, toddlers & kids: a reflection by Thomai Dion, writer of the Think-A-Lot-Tots books

Thomai Dion, who calls herself pharmacist, mom, author, artist and science communicator, believes it is never too early to start learning. Therefore she created the “Think-A-Lot-Tots” collection of educational children’s science books. Here she shares some reflections on her project. [The title Animal Cell is reviewed here.] It is within some of the most unanticipated […]

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Ashmolean in Oxford produces videos about the history of mathematics

Oxford mathematics recently joined forces with the Ashmolean Museum to produce some excellent video essays on themes from the history of mathematics: Random Walks. In this interview, project leader Thomas Woolley offers a step-by-step protocol for other research museums to follow. In order to demonstrate “the history of mathematics and the mathematics of history” Oxford Mathematical Institute teamed up with the the […]