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Science Communication Heroes

We're all feeling a little tired and ready for the holidays to start early. Many families are choosing to keep their learners at home. Many families are choosing to keep their learners in school. These are very personal decisions, often incorporating the hidden vulnerabilities and risks to those sharing a house with the learner.

I'm grateful that we have curbside pick up at the grocery and library. I'm grateful for the warm(ish) weather that lets us play outside a little longer. Mostly, I'm grateful for our educators and health care workers - they don't get to choose whether or not they will attend. They simply attend, and do their best.

My email is being flooded with science communication posts today. How do we share the science of COVID-19 as clearly and quickly as possible, so that individuals can make informed choices? Of course, I'm always on the lookout for things that will resonate with even our littlest learners. That's why I loved this graphic from Scotland-based SciCommer, which was adapted from this article in the New York Times. The illustrators, in cooperation with science experts, take complicated, overlapping data and systems and - BOOM - turn it all into a deceptively simple, elegant graphic. So, to all the science communicators who are hard at work making science accessible to all of us - I'm grateful for you too!

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