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8 March 2017

#MySciComm: Dr. Shane Hanlon

Wonder how to get into a career in #scicomm? Our own Shane M Hanlon shares his journey. Hint – it was not direct.


6 March 2017

Considerations for Strategically & Effectively Communicating Your Science

By Lauren Childs-Gleason Science is inherently exciting. Exploring new frontiers and discovering intricacies of dynamic systems that enhance our understanding of the planet, improves the quality of our lives. That is awesome and exciting. Yet sometimes scientific communication can be uninspiring – the stereotypical bespectacled professor wearing a lab coat and droning on about equations comes to mind. How do we not be boring? How do we communicate more effectively …


3 March 2017

Finding Forward Momentum in Local Actions – Final Thoughts

By Christy Till. This is the 3rd part in a 3-part series in which a US scientist reflects on the women’s march, making sense of the current political landscape, and finding answers in local science communication activities. See part one here and two here.   “Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country.”  – Molly Ivins Perhaps some of the …


1 March 2017

Finding Forward Momentum in Local Actions- So…Now What?

A US scientist’s reflections on the women’s march, making sense of the current political landscape, and finding answers in local science communication activities – Part 2.


27 February 2017

Finding Forward Momentum in Local Actions – Reflections from the Women’s March in DC

A US scientist’s reflections on the women’s march, making sense of the current political landscape, and finding answers in local science communication activities.


21 February 2017

Science communication needs you

We need scientists to meet with legislators, speak at public events, and foster relationships with journalists. Will that be you?


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


5 January 2017

Communicating Real Science in a time of Fake News

Good popular science writing matters more than ever.


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!


22 December 2016

Passing along gratitude

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


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.”


15 December 2016

Cartoon: What I say vs. what they hear

Dry scientific descriptions can be so…terrifying!


Cartoon: Similar, yet totally different

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


14 December 2016

Cartoon: Abbott & Costello explain the early Martian atmosphere

So, who’s on Mars?


Cartoon: Recreating the hydrothermal soup of life

Recreating adorable life on Earth and elsewhere.