4 February 2016

Science storytelling and AAAS 2016

Science storytelling and AAAS 2016

By Shane M. Hanlon Being a scientist in Washington D.C. can be exciting with many opportunities in research, policy, and communication. This month is going to be an especially amazing time to be a scientist in the nation’s capital, especially if you’re interested in science communication. The annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting is being held in D.C. on February 11th – 15th. The theme this year is “Global Science …

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1 February 2016

What happened to Ms. Gottschalk? Fall Meeting!

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!

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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19 January 2016

Submit your Postcards from the Field!

By Shane M. Hanlon In mid-2014 we launched our Postcards from the Field campaign through our shiny-new Tumblr account where we asked you to share stories and photos from your field experiences. From the hundreds of postcards that have been submitted, we have learned about research from every continent and both poles. We’ve also created calendars from postcard images voted on by our members and the public. It’s that time of year again. Whether you’re in the …

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14 January 2016

Vlogging about #AGU15

By Shane M. Hanlon Fall Meeting is an exciting time, not just for us at AGU, but especially for all of our members who attend the meeting. The meeting can almost feel like the holiday season – a massive amount of buildup and preparation, a whirlwind of activity, and then it’s over, leaving you wishing that you had taken more time in the moment to really reflect and enjoy it. Luckily, …

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8 January 2016

Sharing Science at Fall Meeting 2015 – Part 2

Sharing Science at Fall Meeting 2015 - Part 2

By Shane M. Hanlon Part 2 – Hands-on Engagement Communicating Climate Science and Science Video Storytelling Workshops Our week started off with two workshops intended for scientists who wish to improve their communication skills in regards to climate science or through videos. Both workshops included excellent speakers/panelists. For the climate workshop, Dr. John Abraham, Aaron Huertas, and Dr. Sarah Myhre gave participants some insight into talking with diverse groups about …

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6 January 2016

Sharing Science at Fall Meeting 2015- A Review

Sharing Science at Fall Meeting 2015- A Review

By Shane M. Hanlon The Sharing Science Program at AGU encompasses all of the resources and opportunities needed to help scientists effectively communicate with broader audiences—including journalists, educators and students, policy makers, and the public—about Earth and space science and its importance. Our greatest efforts are concentrated on our annual meeting where we hold and facilitate a number of events. This year was our most successful year to date in …

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17 December 2015

Cartooning the AGU Fall Meeting

Cartooning the AGU Fall Meeting

Stanford University’s Miles Traer explains how he cartoons about the science at the AGU Fall Meeting.

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30 November 2015

Women don beards for documentary about inequality in the geosciences

Fake Beard

When Ellen confided in me that she doesn’t feel like she fits the image of a paleontologist, I was speechless. Ellen can never just be one scientist among many, she told me, because she is a woman. She has to disprove the stereotype that women are weak while exhibiting herself as a success story – a woman who can make it in a man’s world – adding pressure to an already intense workload. She can’t just do her work, she has to somehow be more.

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9 November 2015

What makes newsworthy science? Depends on your audience.

What makes newsworthy science? Depends on your audience.

As a scientist-turned-journalist, I have approached scientific research from two different angles. When I was a researcher, I paid the most attention to papers that related to my specific areas of interest, and evaluated them based on how they furthered my community’s understanding of my field. As a reporter, however, I consume new research with a slightly different set of questions in mind. I still wonder, “what do these results tell us about how the world works?” but I also have to ask myself, “will my audience be interested?”

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