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26 June 2017

A scicommer leaves Washington (temporarily)

By Shane M Hanlon I’m the Senior Specialist in AGU’s Sharing Science program. I giggle to myself on occasion when I hear it said aloud, not because of anything specific with the title or my duties therein, but because I am most comfortable with another title – scientist. I have a PhD in biology with a focus in disease ecology and ecotoxicology. I came into science communication and policy through …

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8 June 2017

Scientists Find Clouds full of Lollipop-Shaped Crystals

Some clouds are filled with lollipops (not really, but close)! A new Drawn to Geoscience by JoAnna Wendel.

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6 June 2017

So…you wanna host a Twitter takeover?

By Shane M Hanlon Recently, a new word has entered my lexicon: rocur. I’ve actually had discussions with colleagues responsible for copy editing and marketing about using this word, mainly along the lines of, “that’s not a word.” This has made me realize I’ve migrated from one bubble of scientific research in conservation biology to another that’s focused on communication, policy, and social media. So what does “rocur” mean? Well, …

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22 May 2017

Sciencing & Social Media

This is a cross post from Dr. Paige Jarreau’s blog From the Lab Bench. You can find the original here. This week, I helped Shane M. Hanlon at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Sharing Science program give a webinar on Sciencing and Social Media. We talked about what social media platforms are, how scientists are using them, and how to integrate more effective science communication practices (for example, engagement over “information-dumping”). Following the formal …

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15 May 2017

Our power to inspire and encourage

By Janine Krippner As soon as I learned that ‘volcanologist’ was a real job, I wanted to be one. I knew no scientists in my hometown of Te Awamutu, New Zealand, but I was lucky enough to have a Mum who told me I could be anything I wanted to be. Not everyone gets that kind of encouragement, though, and that’s why I think it’s important for those of us …

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8 May 2017

Communicating science: four strategies to get the message across

By Mafalda Marques Carapuço Science communication is a challenging task as there is no universal solution that can be used in all cases. This is a major challenge for scientists who believe that communicating science to non-scientists is part of their social responsibility. To help scientists in the process of communicating science and fostering the transfer of scientific knowledge outside of the scientific community, four strategies can be adopted to …

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1 May 2017

Drawn to Geoscience: What makes a geyser go “FIZZSPLOOSH”?!

What makes a geyser blow? Our own JoAnna Wendel explains…in comic form!

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24 April 2017

What now? Now we go to work.

By Shane M Hanlon I’m a scientist who teaches scientists how to talk to non-scientists. I recognized the need for this type of instruction years ago when I was still a graduate student. Even when I first got my position in the Sharing Science program here at AGU, scientists were increasingly aware of the need to be able to effectively communicate their science to broad audiences but many were still …

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17 April 2017

Harnessing the communicative power of art in science education

“From a young age, I began to understand that artists describe and interpret the world around them. In this way, they perform a task quite similar to that of a scientist.”

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10 April 2017

Listening: The other half of science communication

Talk to strangers. Find common ground. Share the science. But start by listening.

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3 April 2017

Is Citizen Science democratizing science? Research in the evaluation and design of citizen science programs can help determine long-term benefits

What’s the science behind citizen science? Find out this week!

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20 March 2017

Facebook Live for #scicomm

By Shane M Hanlon There are so many venues for science communication, especially when it comes to social media. For example, AGU alone has four official Twitter accounts (Sharing Science, AGU, Eos, Science Policy), an Instagram account, and a half-dozen Facebook pages. Social media is a powerful venue for communicating tips on communication. Twitter is an especially great place to learn about #scicomm resources and opportunities through hashtags like #scicomm, …

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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 …

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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.

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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?

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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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