11 October 2013

Calling for the Best Science-themed Halloween Costumes

Posted by Olivia Ambrogio

Kristan as a melting glacier

Kristan Uhlenbrock, an AGU public affairs coordinator and former oceanographer, dressed up as a melting glacier for Halloween one year. Photo courtesy of Kristan Uhlenbrock.

By Olivia Ambrogio

Don’t just share your science—wear your science!

We love to highlight the art of communicating about science on this blog. Sometimes, though, you can communicate your science without saying or writing a word—and look great while you do it.

That’s why we want to see your (or your friends’ or colleagues’)  best science-related costumes: the kinds that always seem like the perfect celebration—or send-up—of a famous researcher, scientific principle, piece of lab equipment, or research subject.

They can be seriously involved or laughably simple, but each must illustrate (or parody) the Earth or space sciences or its investigators.

So please: send your photos to [email protected] by Wed., Oct. 23. Include the full name, title, and affiliation of the person in the photo and a caption explaining the costume (as if you were writing for a general audience) along with your name and permission to use your photo.

The nitty-gritty: If you are not the person who took the photo, you must provide us with the photographer’s permission to post the photo. Also, if it is not you in the photo, we need permission from the person featured in the photo before we can post it.

We’ll post your submissions on AGU’s social media sites on Tue., Oct.,29 , so check back then to see your photo or to get some inspiration for this year’s costume.

Kristen Slawter Volcano

Kristen Slawter, a post-doc in geochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, dressed up as a volcano for a recent Halloween. Photo courtesy of Kristen Slawter.

– Olivia Ambrogio is an AGU Strategic Communications Specialist and coordinator of AGU’s Expert Outreach Network