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23 June 2014

Three tips for sharing science with any audience

Three tips for sharing science with any audience

When researchers run an experiment in the laboratory, it is usually after taking time to craft and design the experiment that will provide the most accurate results. Science communication is the same: crafting a complex message about science before delivering it to the public takes time and editing to yield the best results.

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20 June 2014

AGU Communications Workshop Speaker Joe Romm on The Importance of Plain Language

AGU Communications Workshop Speaker Joe Romm on The Importance of Plain Language

By Mary Catherine Adams “There is no more important element in the technique of rhetoric than the continual employment of the best possible word,” Winston Churchill said in his “The Scaffolding of Rhetoric.” Joe Romm, the Founding Editor of ClimateProgress.org and Chief Science Advisor for the Showtime TV series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” shares more of Churchill’s thoughts on using plain language, along with George Orwell’s “six simple rules for writing …

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11 June 2014

Send us a postcard from the field

Send us a postcard from the field

It’s exciting and eye-opening to see where people do fieldwork and what questions they’re asking–it introducesothers to the fun, majesty, grubbiness, hardship, and wonder of studying science. That’s why we’d like you to share your work, and your field locations, with us by submitting a Postcard from the Field to AGU’s new Tumblr site.

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10 June 2014

2014 AGU Mass Media Fellow to Report Science for the Los Angeles Times

2014 AGU Mass Media Fellow to Report Science for the Los Angeles Times

You could say many geoscientists are in the business of storytelling. They use strata of stone, ice, and other terrestrial ingredients to tell tales of the Earth as it was long ago.

After unlocking stories trapped in ice core bubbles for the past 6 years to earn her Ph.D., geologist Julia Rosen now has the opportunity to polish another set of storytelling skills as AGU’s 2014 Mass Media Fellow.

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9 June 2014

A maker of the first COSMOS reflects on its successor

Haines-Stiles and Sagan

As the final episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s series airs tonight on the National Geographic Channel, a Senior Producer and Director of the original COSMOS series, Geoff Haines-Stiles, shares his thoughts and reactions about the remake and how it compares to the original. Haines-Stiles also shares a film tribute he edited for the 1987 memorial service for Carl Sagan, creator and star of the original COSMOS.

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7 April 2014

How climate modelers became calendar models

2014 Climate Models wall calendar Cover

With some trepidation, we knocked on the first climate scientist’s door. Although we’re seasoned science writers at major research institutions, the request we were about to make was far different from our usual ones for interviews or images from field expeditions. We had decided to create a 2014 Climate Models wall calendar, using climate scientists as models, in the belief that humor can be used to deliver serious messages in a less serious, but still meaningful way.

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17 March 2014

St. Patrick’s Science Limericks

St. Patrick's Science Limericks

Enjoy the greatest tradition of the holiday: science-themed limericks!

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11 March 2014

Calling for Science-Themed Limericks: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Style!

TPS Leprechaun

The best way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to write a science-themed limerick–and then get it featured on The Plainspoken Scientist!

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3 March 2014

Geo fashion, Wikipedia and Reddit: New social media tips for scientists

Lynn Soreghan

One of the most well-read posts on Kim Cobb’s blog is not about her travels around the world as a paleoclimatologist or her visits to congressional offices on Capitol Hill. It’s a 2012 post about women’s fashion choices at the AGU Fall Meeting that got people talking. Cobb highlighted this occasional dilemma for women in the sciences, showing photos of several successful AGU outfits and also alluding to more serious …

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14 February 2014

Science Valentines!

Science Valentines!

Whether you adore Valentine’s Day or despise it, you’ve got to love a clever valentine—especially if it’s science themed. Consider these great examples, and let your heart beat faster as you contemplate the timeless beauty of science merged with romance.

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