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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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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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15 December 2016

Cartoon: The Food Lover’s Guide to Volcanoes

Magma chamber meets the pantry.

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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: Recreating the hydrothermal soup of life

Recreating adorable life on Earth and elsewhere.

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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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3 November 2016

Sharing Science at Fall Meeting!

Planning your AGU16 schedule? Be sure to check out the Sharing Science Room for all the science communication, policy, and outreach events!

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17 October 2016

Watch your words: Geoscience jargon

A hand list of science-y words, and ways to avoid them.

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7 October 2016

The value of Wikipedia in science

Ever wonder how to make Wikipedia a more reliable source for scientific information? We’re part of a group doing just that.

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12 September 2016

The value of a plain-language abstract

Abstracts summarize your manuscript – wouldn’t it be nice if anyone could understand them?

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7 September 2016

Texas Earthquakes: Working together and keeping the data open

This is a guest post by graduate student Taylor Borgfeldt as part of our ongoing series of posts where we ask students to share their experiences in science communication. In Texas, relatively small earthquakes have caused structural damages to houses, partly due to such a shallow earthquake source. The public who experiences the seismic events or live in large metropolitan areas can have strong reactions to the shaking or possibility of an event …

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18 August 2016

PhD students should have science-communication committee members

“Ideally, of a five-member dissertation committee, three would be from the student’s institution, one from outside but in the same or similar field, and the final would be a non-research member of any sector.”

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18 July 2016

Science by the Pint

What’s better than learning about science? Learning about science at a pub.

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27 June 2016

Teen Science Cafés: A vehicle for connecting scientists with high school teenagers

By Michael Mayhew and Michele Hall Teen Science Café s are a free, informal, low-risk way for scientists to share their science with a receptive audience focused on future careers. They are an adaptation of the globally popular Science Cafe model for connecting the adult public with science and scientists. Adaptations of the model include teen leadership to ensure the programs are relevant to teens, discussions of career pathways related …

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14 June 2016

Communicating the importance of our oceans

June is all about oceans. Learn about what’s going on in your area and how you can be an advocate for one of Earth’s greatest resources.

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24 May 2016

When science and storytelling collide

Storytelling and science can go hand in hand, especially when talking about lava flows, Dana Scully, and the fire goddess Pele.

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17 May 2016

Triggers in science communication: getting the audience tuned in

How do you get high school students interested in science? Teach them about the highest wave ever surfed!

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27 April 2016

Oceans, policy, and high school students

By Shane M Hanlon & Lexi Shultz “Our Changing Ocean: Science for Strong Coastal Communities.” That was the theme this year for the Finals of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), an “education competition that tests students’ knowledge of ocean-related topics, which include cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, policy, physics, and geology.“ NOSB fills a gap that exists in many schools across the nation as ocean sciences are not a core part of many high …

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