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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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28 November 2016

Engaging middle school students through science videos

How do you get middle school students excited about science? Show them through videos!

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21 November 2016

Explore Global Weirding with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Learn how climate scientist Dr. Hayhoe expands her passion for communication and advocates about the reality of global warming through a YouTube video series, Global Weirding.

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17 November 2016

How to be a Congressional Science or Mass Media Fellow

By Shane M Hanlon We in the Sharing Science program often get questions about opportunities about how to be a scientist in a non-traditional capacity, mainly how to transition (or flirt with transitioning) out of academia and into science communication or policy roles. I wrote about some opportunities previously as I, and many members of the Sharing Science staff, have personal experience in this. However, I wanted to highlight two …

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16 November 2016

Drawn to Geoscience: Cartoons of Volcanoes

Our own JoAnna Wendel describes the process through which she drew a cartoon based on a research paper about volcanoes.

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