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1 January 2018

State Geological Surveys using StoryMaps to tell geologic stories

How do you tell geologic stories? StoryMaps, that’s how.

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20 December 2017

Sharing Science at AGU17 – we had a blast

Fall Meeting was awesome.

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11 December 2017

The Ins and Outs of Drawing Exploding Meteors

By JoAnna Wendel  Asteroids! As with many of my comics, the most challenging aspect was representing movement. In this comic, the movement I had to depict was air moving through a meteor, and then that meteor exploding. I also had to draw a meteor disintegrating, which was especially challenging. For the air movement, I used blue arrows—I figured blue is commonly associated with air, and arrows are a good, simple …

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6 December 2017

WE HAVE A PODCAST!!!!

By Shane M Hanlon No need to bury the lead. We are very excited to announce that AGU now officially has its own podcast! Third Pod from the Sun is the American Geophysical Union’s podcast about the scientists and methods behind the science. These are stories that you won’t read in a manuscript or hear in a lecture. Our goal was to create a podcast that tells the human and personal …

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4 December 2017

Allll the #scicomm, #scipol, & #outreach events at AGU17

It’s almost here. The time of year we all wait for with baited breath. FALL MEETING!

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20 November 2017

Science communication and policy workshops at #AGU17

Being able to effectively communicate your science is a crucial skill, no matter the audience. We’re offering two workshops, from general communication, to storytelling via multi- and social media. Register today!

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30 October 2017

Drawn to Geoscience: Bat Poop Is Helping Scientists Study the Past

Animal poop holds many secrets. Our own JoAnna Wendel shares a comic, and the process behind the creation of the comic, about researchers’ work to identify past wet and dry periods using bat guano.

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Plain language supports science communication

By Kate Goggin. This post was originally published by the Center for Plain Language. I love helping scientists translate tech talk into plain language. Often the editing process goes smoothly, but sometimes, they have reservations. The fears I hear most often involve dumbing down the information, or, oversimplifying it. “Those are common complaints,” says Dr. Lisa DiPinto, Senior Scientist at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and one of my …

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24 October 2017

Tell a science story at Fall Meeting with Story Collider!

By Shane M Hanlon The Story Collider is excited to be hosting a storytelling event at AGU’s Fall Meeting in New Orleans on the night of Thursday, 14 December, as part of AGU’s Sharing Science programming at the meeting. We’re seeking true stories about your personal experiences about Earth and space science, especially those related to New Orleans and Louisiana, to be included in the show. These must be science …

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16 October 2017

Public outreach: Be mindful, not fearful

By Shane M Hanlon  One of the most important things to think about when reaching out, especially through means such as social or classic media, or writing letters to media outlets or journals, is that these mediums are public. What you say will be able to be seen by a wide audience and will be available to reference forever. This can be viewed as a barrier to prevent scientists from …

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