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26 March 2022

The science communications from H.M.S. Challenger were “Good Words” and more

Scientists on the first oceanographic expedition realized how important it was to engage in science communication and storytelling outside of their science circles, while at sea and upon returning home. This is a good reminder that we need to continue to build upon those early messages sent via snail mail, using our modern-day technologies, to share our oceanographic work with others. Communications, no matter what the tool utilized, is key to education, engagement, excitement, and increasing science literacy across all audiences.

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3 March 2022

The Iditarod marks 50 years – but not all from the same starting point

I created a quilt in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and to acknowledge the impact of warming temperatures.

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16 January 2022

Announcing Stitch Your Science 2022

Based upon the success of Quilt Your Science 2021, we are expanding to include other creative items (anything made with a needle) that are themed on climate (climate science, climate action, climate justice, etc.). Engage, educate, and elevate climate with our virtual community through Stitch Your Science 2022! All ages and skill levels welcome to participate.

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25 May 2021

#QuiltYourScience for AGU 2021 and beyond

What is your science journey: unlocking Earth’s secrets? exploring the heights of our atmosphere to the depths of our ocean? or teaching others about the wonders of our universe? We invite quilters of all ages and skill levels to join us in December 2021 for a virtual celebration of quilts that celebrate the earth and space sciences. Create a mini quilt or a square illustrating your work in and/or passion for earth and space science research, communication or education.

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24 March 2021

Project Drawdown brings us Climate Solutions 101

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe famously has told us that the most important we can do to fight climate change is to talk about it. Project Drawdown has come through with the educational materials and resources to help us do just this.

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6 April 2020

If you have the bandwidth, think about expanding your science communication and outreach

Consider some ideas and a different spin or twist on either your existing science communication portfolio or some new options and opportunities to explore.

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29 March 2020

Q&A of how to make a temperature blanket, or scarf, or…

Do you have questions on how to create your own temperature blanket? Here are the answers!

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28 September 2019

Tracking media attention to climate change and global warming, by MeCCO

The coverage of global warming and climate change in world media is moving in a promising direction, and bringing students back (or for the first time) to newspapers, radio and TV can expand their sources and information literacy.

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23 September 2019

Covering Climate Now… but what about the future?

The gatherings will continue, but will strikes and marches move the needle to make a difference when it comes to the climate of our planet? Only time will tell…

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17 June 2019

Don’t just #ShowYourStripes – engage others with them

Scientists – as we explore and discuss #ShowYourStripes, let’s make sure we share this data visualization with our non-science networks and engage in some science communication

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14 April 2019

Voices for Science 2019 – getting started with the take-home message

I look forward to a full year of expanding upon my outreach and engagement activities, finding creative and collaborative ways to share science that are new to me and my audiences. Look for other members of the Voices for Science 2019 cohort and their innovative approaches to science communication and effective advocacy with science policy!

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9 April 2019

Voices for Science 2019 – the year ahead

The energy and enthusiasm of this group is incredibly high. So many of us shared that we have been looking for a community that has the same passion for outreach and engagement, in both science communication and science policy. The Voices for Science advocates have clearly made a connection, which is sure to only strengthen…

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8 April 2019

Voices for Science 2019 – the journey begins…

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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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10 February 2019

Starting a science blog? Items to consider.

It is an individual decision to start your own blog or to join an existing blogging community, but the decision should be framed around an overarching goal for “why blog” to a listing of secondary objectives you as an author are hoping to achieve.

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1 January 2019

A New Year’s resolution: help students (and Chuck Todd) feel hope towards climate action

This is my New Year’s resolution – I have to increase the themes of hope, optimism, action, and advocacy in my courses. I need every student to leave my courses feeling like they can do something that matters and makes a difference.

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29 November 2018

Fourth National Climate Assessment kicks off #ClimateFriday

Hopefully, the #ClimateFriday hashtag will bring everyone’s attention back to the science, back to communicating not just what the report is stating but why it matters to all. I know I will do my best to add a #ClimateFriday tweet to my Twitter feed every Friday – I hope you will post something in your social media accounts, too.

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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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17 July 2018

Stitching Hope for the Coast – communicating coastal optimism for Louisiana

We’re asking anyone to knit, crochet, quilt… create anything with yarn or fabric that represents hope for the Louisiana coast. We’re creating a group on Ravelry, have a website (http://tinyurl.com/stitchingcoast) and hashtag (#stitchingcoast) ready to go, and now, we just need needleworkers! It doesn’t matter the age or level of ability or where you live.

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21 March 2018

Twitter #EarthquakeCup is in full swing

In the grand tradition of #MammalMarchMadness, the exceedingly popular Twitter-poll-based geeky sciencey alternative to the US’s eponymous basketball tournament, which grew to extraordinary popularity after its inception by evolutionary biologist @Mammals_Suck […milk] (a.k.a. Katie Hinde), natural scientists have spawned a staggering array of spinoff competitions in their own fields. As it sweeps through the subdisciplines of geology, the phenomenon has arrived at earthquakes. Having a poll-based competition among history’s “greatest” …

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