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13 February 2017

We are all citizens of science

By Shane M Hanlon “Science surrounds us.” “In order to be a good science communicator, you must first be a good science consumer.” “SciComm: you don’t have to like it but you need to be able to do it.” These are all things I’ve said in the age of Twitter where space is at a premium and effective messaging is critical. They pertain to the different hats that I wear – producer …

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6 February 2017

Promote your research on the web

By Evan B. Goldstein Many online platforms enable scientists to communicate with a broad audience about current research. But how much primary research from AGU appears beyond the published page? Amid recent calls for scientists to engage in social media, my hope is that by examining this question I will inspire you to use social media and other online platforms to broadcast and explain noteworthy science to the public. Here I look …

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30 January 2017

Enhance Your Science With Social Media: No…Really

By Hanna Goss Two years ago, a scientist told me he wasn’t interested in social media because he thought it was a fad. That myth was shattered after social media played such a huge role in the recent U.S. election. Social media is powerful. What may not be as obvious is it can be a meaningful tool for you to enhance your science. After almost 20 years of being a …

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23 January 2017

The Wikipedia Year of Science Comes to AGU16

Rather than complain about Wikipedia, scientists at AGU16 decided to do something about it.

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16 January 2017

The need for action through scicomm

By Shane M Hanlon “What do you do?” This is a question that I’m asked almost daily as a DC resident where interest in one’s profession is only surpassed by interest in politics. But back in 2010, when I was a 2nd-year PhD student, I was not used to this question. I had successfully avoided (i.e. didn’t try) making friends outside of my program during my first year, so when I …

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10 January 2017

Geomojis as scicomm

For many, emojis have become a part of everyday life. They act as signatures – smiley faces, frowns, you name it. Personally, I never really strayed far from those two, but there are hundreds, if not thousands out there. And, even though there are so many and such diversity, the sciences are not well represented. We’re out to change that.

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5 January 2017

Communicating Real Science in a time of Fake News

Good popular science writing matters more than ever.

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30 December 2016

Sharing science with the public via the NCAR Explorer Series

In the Boulder, CO area? Stop by NCAR for their public lecture Explorer Series!

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22 December 2016

Passing along gratitude

Your research can have an impact in someone’s life…even if you’re not a great tipper.

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21 December 2016

The hard ideas (science) of big fast waves (tsunamis) explained simply

One last cartoon from Miles Traer: “Inspired by the up-goer five comic from XKCD where I try to explain tsunami science using only the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language and the AGU Fall Meeting 2016 session NH51D: Interdisciplinary Tsunami Science.”

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15 December 2016

Cartoon: What I say vs. what they hear

Dry scientific descriptions can be so…terrifying!

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Cartoon: Similar, yet totally different

How the surface of Venus is like the ocean…or not.

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14 December 2016

Cartoon: Abbott & Costello explain the early Martian atmosphere

So, who’s on Mars?

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Cartoon: Recreating the hydrothermal soup of life

Recreating adorable life on Earth and elsewhere.

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13 December 2016

Cartoon: Scientist Inge Lehmann

By Miles Traer   Stanford University postdoc Miles Traer, once again, is cartooning from the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Follow him on Twitter @Geo_Miles

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12 December 2016

Cartoon: Sharing science — aggressively

Sharing science is good.

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Cartoon: If Shakespeare had written about light pollution

If Shakespeare had written on the “Death of Darkness” and anthropocene light pollution.

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Cartoon: Stages of Dealing…with the Anthropocene

The Stages of Dealing…with the Anthropocene

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8 December 2016

AGU Fall Meeting 2016: Social Media (and Communications) Roundup

I’ve had to back out of attending the Fall Meeting this year, but I didn’t want to abandon my yearly Social Media roundup even though I won’t be joining in. It’s been great over the years to watch the social media and science communication activities balloon from a couple of sessions and a meetup or two to scads of activities.

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30 November 2016

Little mine in Big Sur: Perpetuating mercury contamination in California’s Central Coast

Wildfires can perpetuate mercury contamination by releasing it from soil and plants and spreading it through smoke and ash. It doesn’t take much heat to convert mercury to a gas.

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