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22 February 2017

The first 100 days of climate science

Climate Central is underscoring the value of science and rational approaches to policy making over the first 100 days our new President is in office with facts, stories, and videos

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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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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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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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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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26 September 2016

Being mindful as a public scientist

Want to open a Twitter account but are hesitant about everyone seeing your every tweet? Here are some tips to shape your public profile.

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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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8 August 2016

A #SeriousAcademic on social media? Yes, you can…

Being a #SeriousAcademic on social media is a choice – a choice that can be incredibly successful and rewarding. Community-building and communication are all possible – with the right attitude.

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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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28 March 2016

What are scientists doing off the Oregon coast in the middle of winter?

Social media and the value of communicating field experiences to the public –This is a cross-posting from an article originally published on the AGU Editors’ Vox blog. The original post is here. I’m standing in the pouring rain on the deck of the R/V Oceanus in the middle of winter collecting sea water samples. As the boat rocks back and forth, our team carefully lowers the 800-pound CTD, a common oceanographic research …

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2 February 2015

The Funny Side of A Missed Forecast

I made an appearance on our local talk show Delmarva Life last Friday with Mike Lichniak our weekend meteorologist, and we talked about the funny side of a missed forecast. Our morning meteorologist Brian Keane also chimed in with some of the messages from social media. I also talked about how we forecasters can communicate a difficult forecast in a better way. Note: Skip to about 20 secs into the …

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3 December 2014

‘Tis the season… for Earth science hashtags

If you have a cause or a mission you want to call attention to, odds are there’s a hashtag for that! See how many of these geoscience-themed ones you are familiar with.

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20 August 2014

Before you set a hashtag for your course or have students blog, think FERPA

Are you going to require that your students post on a public blog this semester?  Will you be creating a Facebook page for your class and asking students to post on it?  Will you have students post selfies on Twitter with a course hashtag?  For those instructors that use social media with their students and courses, this could be the most important tweet you read all year:   Is your …

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23 July 2014

The Great Facebook Blizzard of 2014

At the AMS Broadcast Meteorology conference last month in Lake Tahoe, I presented a talk about widespread rumors on Facebook last January that a paralyzing snowstorm was coming. This is just one example of the love/hate relationship that meteorologists have with Facebook, and I was quoted in an article on TV News Check about this as well a couple of weeks ago. As I told the reporter for TV News …

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10 July 2014

Promoting our Discipline with Geology Selfies – from Mauna Loa to Mars

We like posting photos online, especially if we have a happy moment to share.  A recent study shows that photo posts on Twitter and Instagram are four times more likely to convey positive sentiment compared with text-only tweets (see The Wall Street Journal article by Wells, 2014).  And what could make us more happy than taking photos of ourselves and immediately sharing what we are up to? Welcome to the …

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29 May 2014

Instagram – a possible edtech/outreach tool?

Instagram – “… a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever” (Instagram FAQ page).  Do you have an Instagram account?  Odds are, you don’t.  Instagram still struggles to grow significantly as a social media tool among online adults, as documented …

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31 January 2014

The Great Facebook Blizzard- Storms and Rumors of Storms

It apparently got started with two images. One from the Facebook page of “Weatherboy weather” and another that got published in an online newspaper article in Russellville, Arkansas. It was also posted on AL.COM (the online portal of several major Alabama newspapers). The result was a crush of emails and messages to meteorologists at TV stations and NWS offices across the eastern U.S.! The actual origination may be different on …

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27 November 2013

Does social media make your experiences less special?

The title of this post came from a tweet I saw by @SmithsonianMag, which linked to a great post on their blog that answered their own question with “Your Life Experiences Aren’t So Special—Here’s Proof” Thomas Jullian made a 1 min 46 sec video from 852 Instagram images from 852 different people.  If you think you have captured “the” most unique photo of an iconic tourist location – think again.  …

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21 November 2013

Automation, Weather Warnings, and Social Media

This is a guest post from The Digital Meteorologist by Nate Johnson at WRAL-TV at Raleigh in North Carolina. It brings up just one of the multitude of issues that forecasters face as we move into a world where social media is a prime source of news information. As Twitter, Facebook, and other social media began to take hold in weather centers and news rooms across the country a few …

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