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24 April 2022

Voicemails from the JR – what would we say?

This project has not only been a fun way for me to document our expedition, but it also records the voices of ship participants and their actual feelings at the moment – the excitement, the frustration, the sadness.. all of it authentic and in their own voice.

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11 February 2022

Student-generated geoscience voicemails for the future – or present

Creative geoscience-themed voicemail assignments can help students with communication and research skills, along with practice telling stories of science and solutions

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2 February 2022

Should “listening” be one of the skills we teach students?

It makes me think back to my New Year’s Resolution post for 2022, asking everyone to take climate action, and one way to do just this is to talk about climate. But it doesn’t help to have people talk about climate if no one is listening effectively!

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26 May 2021

Geology Bites – a podcast with researchers sharing earth and space science

As we look to help students build a science identity and recognize the accomplishments of our colleagues, the Geology Bites podcast is a great addition to our toolkit for celebrating science and scientists.

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11 April 2020

Virtual podcast clubs – creating communities to discuss science and more

Getting a group of individuals together online that have listened to a common list of podcasts can generate a lively discussion – dynamic, respectful, thoughtful, reflective… I had no idea a list of individual podcast episodes could create such an engaged community

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7 August 2019

Drawing Down in Pennsylvania – a mini-podcast series showcasing local efforts to reverse global warming

A summer science communication REU that produced a mini-podcast series exploring efforts and successes in the state of Pennsylvania to reverse global warming, aligning with the mission of Project Drawdown

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18 March 2019

Podcasts on Women in STEM [Women’s History Month]

Why not take a moment and listen to the voices of women in STEM professions? (Honestly, how many of us have taken the time to just “listen” to a woman talk about her career – not read and article or watch a video, but only listen to her voice and her story?)

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5 March 2019

March is National Weather Podcast Month

National Weather Podcast Month is an annual program put on by the producers of the major weather podcasts to raise awareness of the entertainment and educational value of the various partner shows.

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3 February 2019

Starting a podcast? This might be the year.

Podcast listening has increased in all age categories, but it has increased the most among younger adults. Now, 29% of Americans between the ages of 18-34 listen to podcasts at least a few times a week (up from 16% in December 2017). A year ago, 47% of adults between 18 and 34 said they never listened to podcasts, compared to 18% today. — CBS News Poll

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30 July 2018

Climate change gets personal – addressing beliefs, trusted sources, and values

Public perception of climate change remains deeply divided, despite a near-unanimous consensus among scientists that human-caused climate change is a reality. How can we strengthen public understanding of and belief in climate change? — The Franklin Institute

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8 October 2017

LiveNote app – a model for conference keynotes?

The Philadelphia Orchestra uses a mobile app to change the way audiences experience musical performances. Could this app be a model for helping audiences engage with scientific lectures?

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8 June 2016

StoryCorps – missing the stories of Earth & space scientists

If scientists want to make a broader impact and let a larger audience know who we are and hear our stories, I suggest we start sharing our stories outside of science-focused outlets. Why not add our voices to the “largest single collection of human voices” that is then archived at the Library of Congress? People from diverse backgrounds, ages and locations can then hear our Earth and space science voices when exploring the StoryCorps collection.

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22 October 2015

Take 5… articles on listening

Take a quick break from your daily activities and check out these five articles to read some current thoughts on listening (especially among students)

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22 April 2015

For Earth Day, make some #ClimateConfessions

On this 45th anniversary of Earth Day, why not come clean by sharing your climate confessions with The Adaptors?

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18 March 2015

The Voices of Women in STEM via podcasts [Women’s History Month]

For the month of March, in honor of Women’s History Month, I am dedicating my weekly blog posts to the outstanding organizations, resources, and inspiring stories about women in STEM. Be sure to check out my first two posts on the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) and Wikipedia edit-a-thons.

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26 November 2014

SoundCloud as an audio creation & dissemination tool

We focus so much on the reading and writing skills of our students, but what about their listening skills? The online platform SoundCloud allows for audio content creation, dissemination, and the listening of audio files from science organizations.

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