Professional Development: Science IQ

If you work in a science center or museum, it’s likely you’re a big fan of science. For those of you who love science but specialized in a single field, it may be beneficial for you to have some links or sources that can help inform new work. Rather than offer three professional development links, this time, Science Beyond the Boundaries (SBB) is providing a few examples of sites that offer a wealth of scientific knowledge.

The first category of science knowledge bases is the professionals. Sites like the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A (PNAS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) each house professional research and journal articles.

Another, less formal method for obtaining science information and up-to-date research is to go through credible news sources. SBB recommends places like Science News, NOVA, and NPR’s Science page. These are great places to get findings that have yet to be fully released, short statements, and recent developments.

Last but not least, are the sites that contain how-to explanations or spells out science in everyday language. For this type of information, look no further than Understanding Science, Science Made Simple, and HowStuffWorks.

How do you encourage your science center or museum staff to never stop learning?

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