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11 June 2018

The aspen forests are burning, #416fire

I wake each morning eager to go for a run on a mountain trail. I had a plan for June trail runs. Gudy’s Rest, then Animas Mountain, Telegraph Hill,  then Skyline, a return to Animas Mountain, and then pick higher elevation trails. Hermosa Creek Trail was slated to be next. It won’t be next. The area is ablaze, homes are evacuated, and its adjacent aspen forests are burning. Smoke fills the air across the Animas River Valley and throughout Durango, Colorado.

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30 April 2018

Science conversation, not communication

By Laura Carter

What gets you to pay attention to the news? Probably a relation to your life in some way, right? That’s how advertising works and products are sold. At its core, science communication is essentially the selling of information

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23 April 2018

Building better tools for risk communication with user-centered design

By Sonia Stephens How can we build better tools to communicate about coastal risks? As a technical communicator, I’m interested in how we can make scientific information more understandable and meaningful for different audiences. One of the things I study is how interactive risk visualization tools are made. That is, I study how these tools are developed: who does the design and development, what choices they make about design and …

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5 April 2018

Heading to the field? 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. We’ve also created calendars from postcard images voted on by our members and the public. It’s that time of year again. Flowers are blooming, trees are greening, and scientists are prepping for field season.  Whether you’re in the middle of a field season or preparing for …

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26 March 2018

Building a scicomm program from the salt marsh up

As a scientist whose research required lying face-down in muddy salt marshes to search for itty-bitty marine snail eggs, I was often asked by casual onlookers, “Why the heck are you doing THAT?”

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12 March 2018

The Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse (CATE) Experiment

Where were you during the 2017 solar eclipse? These citizens were being scientists.

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28 February 2018

Narwhals, polar bears, science, oh my!

Our next episode of Third Pod from the Sun is out TODAY!

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26 February 2018

True, personal science stories at AGU17

At AGU17, we took a break from the lectures and posters for an evening of inspiring stories about how science affects all of us in our everyday lives.

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15 February 2018

Drawn to Geoscience: Narwhals!!!

Narwhals, narwhals, swimming in the ocean…

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12 February 2018

Third Pod from the Sun is back!

Our podcast is back and this time we’re talking about performing science at the edge of glaciers!

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