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5 March 2021
Sanna Vannar is the president of Sáminuorro, the Swedish Association of Young Saami. The Saami people span four nations: Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Russia. Sanna’s family have been reindeer herders for generations, which puts them in a unique position to evaluate the reindeer’s response to the changing northern climate.
3 March 2021
For me, combining science & art always made natural sense. My foray into deliberately combining them came in junior high & high school when I delved into a 3-year long self-directed investigation into “What makes rocks ring?”.
2 March 2021
What could possibly have motivated me to boldly attempt a social science research project in the middle of a geophysics PhD? Serendipity.
22 February 2021
March 2020 may have marked the closure of gates to physical spaces for science engagement, but it also opened the portal to new social spaces to keep the science conversations going. This is exactly what happened to my institution and a local arboretum, where an existing partnership that relied upon on-site programming found a new way to continue and grow our collaborations.
19 February 2021
Finally, lest you think my life is all blissful polar adventure, let me share a regret: I have not yet ridden in Ivan the Terrabus, the most excellent vehicle that carries people from the airstrip to the home-away-from-home known as Mactown — McMurdo Station.
12 February 2021
Who’s reading #AntarcticLog comics? Lots of different people actually. At first I thought it was just my friends and family, but as I began to cover the work of particular scientists, it caught the attention of the science community, as well. Science communicators paid attention, and — sure enough — Antarctica worked its magic on the general population, especially teachers and their students.
8 February 2021
As much of the world’s population sheltered in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists and organizations stepped forward to create and share ‘zero-budget’ educational video content directly with students and the public. Using only phones, computer cameras, video conferencing apps and tools readily available to us as geoscience professionals, we created video content covering topics ranging from rock identification and interpretation, to the physics of hazards and geotravel.
1 February 2021
Many scientists feel that science communication must be done in their “free time.” It becomes a hobby or a side gig, in tension with the expectations that most departments and universities have for scientists to devote the vast majority of their time and energy to research. The current academic “system” — the policies that determine hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions, the allocation of resources, and the training available to scientists — does not sufficiently incentivize or value science communication.
28 January 2021
#AntarcticLog was my primary project under the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. This week, a group of artists and writers from this program are doing something big, and I wanted to tell you about it.
25 January 2021
During my postdoc, I started exploring other career options different from academia. Through this exploration, I ended up building a career seminar series and organizing a symposium, and these experiences peaked my interest in training. I wanted to pursue a career path that would focus on creating educational programs and opportunities for early career researchers, but could never get a job in that space