21ST Century Scientists Working Group

March 10th 2016

Recap: Journal Club- Outreach and academic seniority

“Scientists who engage with society perform better academically.” Jensen et al., 2008

Jensen 2008 analyzed if popularization (i.e. outreach) correlated with academic activity. They found that there was a positive correlation between academic activity (i.e. publishing) and popularization. They also found that individuals with higher academic positions were more involved in popularization.  Although they used this as support that outreach does not negatively or positively influence career promotions, there are other possible explanations that were not addressed. Individuals may be pressured to wait until after promoted to become actively engaged in outreach.

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