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29 August 2016

#SciWords: 1 word, multiple meanings

By Shane M Hanlon Jargon—it’s everywhere, from your favorite sport to politics to your profession. This fact is especially true in the sciences where scientific jargon is often seen as a barrier to effectively communicating with non-science audiences. We in the Sharing Science program usually spend an entire section of our science communication workshops with tips to avoid jargon (here are a few). There are all kinds of resources out there …

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26 August 2016

Drawn to Geoscience: Pluto and the Dwarfs

On the 10th anniversary of the reclassification of Pluto to a dwarf planet, our own JoAnna Wendell illustrates her case for why that might not be such a bad thing.

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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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8 August 2016

A silent threat: Raising awareness about arsenic in well water

This is a guest post by graduate student Brittany Huhmann as part of our ongoing series of posts where we ask students to share their experiences in science communication. As a Ph.D. student, I spend a lot of time testing soils and groundwater for arsenic in far-off places like Bangladesh and India. Arsenic is a well-known carcinogen that negatively impacts millions of people in these and other south and southeast Asian countries. But …

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2 August 2016

Taking SciComm to the field

What started as a reason to get back out into the field turned into a valuable #scicomm opportunity.

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26 July 2016

Benefits of the audio experience

How people hear us can be different from how they read our words. Skylar Bayers talks (literally) about the differences between the written and spoken word.

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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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11 July 2016

The magic of environmentalism

Ride space mountain. Meet Mickey Mouse. Have a transformative adventure through the magic of conservation education. Seems like a normal to-do list.

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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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20 June 2016

Challenges, strategies, and tools for research scientists in Africa

Ngozi Oguguah encountered three main challenges when she started her PhD: 1) funding, 2) access to laboratories, and 3) access to publications. After much work, she learned that she could overcome these challenges through building networks.

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30 May 2016

Communication in Science: Lessons Learned From Improv Theatre

What’s something you don’t see on every CV? “Extensive experience in improvisation theatre performance.”

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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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18 May 2016

Drawn to Geoscience: Asteroid-like Comet Could Reveal Solar System’s Secrets

How do you turn a news a story about an asteroid-like comet into a super-interesting comic? Our first Drawn to Science shows you how!

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12 May 2016

Drawn to Geoscience

Ever wondered what it takes to communicate science through drawing? Our own JoAnna Wendel can help guide the way.

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10 May 2016

Taking over Twitter for #SciComm

By Shane M Hanlon A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to serve as a guest tweeter (or rotator as I’ll refer to it) for the Twitter account @iamscicomm. The account is a product of the SciComm Hub, “a community and collection of resources focused on science education, outreach, and communication.” Unlike other rotating accounts such as @realscientists & @biotweeps, @iascicomm is focused on science outreach and communication. Like those rotators, whomever …

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20 April 2016

What do students in coastal AL, TX, & GA all have in common? We’re all part of the same ocean!

By Lollie Garay In 2007 I was chosen as a PolarTREC teacher assigned to an oceanographic expedition to Antarctica. It was that amazing voyage that teamed me up with marine scientist Dr. Patricia Yager (UGA). Our successful collaborations have produced many educational outreach presentations, lessons, and published papers. Having experienced first-hand the important work of marine scientists, I knew that I needed to bring this type of experience to my …

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31 March 2016

So a Scientist Walks Into a Bar: The Importance of Comedy in Science

This is a guest post by graduate student Sam Nadell, in what will be the first of a new series of posts where we ask students to share their experiences in science communication.  Bill Nye, one of the most recognizable and funny scientists in the world today, once said, “Humor is everywhere, in that there’s irony in just about anything a human does.” I’ll save exploring the irony of human existence for …

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8 March 2016

Transitioning out of academia

By Shane M. Hanlon AGU just hosted the Ocean Sciences Meeting held in New Orleans in partnership with ASLO and TOS. The meeting brought in over 5,000 scientific attendees to the Crescent City in what was a mini preview of Fall Meeting 2017. Sharing Science was there and we held a workshop on sharing science in your community. Personally speaking, I also participated in a mentoring meetup and in a panel discussion entitled, Exploring …

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1 February 2016

What happened to Ms. Gottschalk? Fall Meeting!

By Larry O’Hanlon A couple of weeks ago on this blog we shared some great student vlogging of AGU Fall Meeting experiences. At that time I noticed something peculiar about the vlogs of Portland State University undergraduate student Kimberly Gottschalk. In each new vlog post her appearance changed. She started with an almost a Victorian formality on the first day, and transformed gradually into what I suspect is her more …

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22 January 2016

Sketch Your Science on Tumblr!

By Shane M. Hanlon If you attended Fall Meeting this year or followed AGU on social media, you may have noticed some hand-drawn depictions of scientists’ research. We asked scientists at the meeting to draw their research through our #sketchyourscience campaign.   Ever imagined your research as a piece of art? Well then #SketchYourScience at #AGU15! https://t.co/GzbMHHZBlI pic.twitter.com/ete305065E — Am Geophysical Union (@theAGU) December 16, 2015   We created a …

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