Simple infographic. On the left is hazard, something that can potentially cause harm, with a drawing of a shark. On the right is risk = hazard + exposure with a drawing of a shark approaching a drawing of a swimmer.

Risk In Perspective: Hazard And Risk Are Different

This post on hazard and risk is part of a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism. The … Continue reading Risk In Perspective: Hazard And Risk Are Different

Building a scientist communicator: Anastasia’s origin story

When I was in kindergarten, I wanted to be a paleontologist. I’d find old chicken bones in the playground dirt and bring them gleefully home to my mother. My love for science only grew stronger as I got my hands on more science books, and as my father started me on a steady diet of … Continue reading Building a scientist communicator: Anastasia’s origin story

Red outlined diamonds showing different types of hazards, such as fire, poison, and corrosion.

Risk In Perspective

This series is a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook … Continue reading Risk In Perspective

Sepia tone image of a child's leg in a cast up to the mid thigh, with a single sneaker in the background. Text overlaid on the image says: I went on vacation and all I got was this stupid cast.

(Don’t) Jump Around: A Closer Look at Trampolines

Two years ago, my youngest broke his leg at a trampoline park while we were on vacation visiting my parents. In the urgent care center across the street, the nurses informed me that such accidents were frequent, with toddlers coming in multiple times a week with broken legs. Given their popularity and the risk associated … Continue reading (Don’t) Jump Around: A Closer Look at Trampolines