Category: Student work

Category: Student work

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Wikipedia: A field trip to the public sphere

We’ve been talking all year about how Wikipedia is a platform for the public communication of science. Student editors have contributed nearly 2,500 science articles to Wikipedia so far this year. Those have been seen more than 80 million times. Most of those courses are researching science topics, and contributing to the articles about those … Continued

The Roundup: Under the sea

Millions of people use Wikipedia to find out quick facts about nearly everything. Sea life is no exception. Wikipedia, “the Internet’s favorite website,” has a greater share of mobile traffic than CNN, Fox News, and USA Today combined. It’s an unprecedentedly powerful public resource and science communications opportunity. Students from Millersville University of Pennsylvania’s Seminar … Continued

The Roundup: Sock it to me

One of the great joys of Wikipedia is just how comprehensive it can be. Sometimes, you want to know about the Arab Spring. Sometimes you want to know about hepatitis. And sometimes, you just have a question about socks. Case in point: When, exactly, should you wear a compression stocking? And where did compression stockings … Continued

The Roundup: Life in Mexico

In 1839, the Scottish explorer Frances “Fanny” Erskine Inglis, later known as Fanny Calderón, took a somewhat controversial road trip. Her travels through Mexico, which she documented through letters collected in her 1843 book, Life in Mexico, formed one of the earliest and most influential European travel narratives about Latin America. The book, the only … Continued

The Roundup: Truth and Reconciliation

When a state government owns up to its wrongdoings, the consequences can be severe. The process of uncovering the past is politically wrought, and the findings are often deliberately obscured. Nonetheless, documenting and distributing the findings of these commissions, often through truth commissions, is an essential part of a government holding itself accountable for human rights … Continued

Learning to share and sharing to learn: Public engagement and the Year of Science

Dr. Debby Walser-Kuntz taught with Wikipedia in her immunobiology course at Carleton College. Rachel Cheung and Dana Paine were students in that class. In this collaborative post, they describe the experience, identifying benefits to their research and science communications skills. When I was deciding whether or not to incorporate a Wikipedia writing project into my … Continued