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October 11, 2016

Conceptual Diagrams: Turning Science into Graphic Art

Katie Goerger “I’m just not sure how to get this concept across to people – it’s so complicated.” “This publication is just too text-heavy. We need some visuals to spice things up.” Does this sound familiar? If so, you’re missing a key tool in your science communication arsenal: the conceptual diagram. We may not all […]

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April 6, 2016

Tips for great photos and videos

Keota Silaphone To capture a great photo, some of the students had to lay on the ground or in my case sit in a roadside ditch. I took photos of cover crops, but changed my perspective each time, only to discover that the perspective from the roadside ditch happened to be the most impactful. The […]

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January 8, 2016

The importance of narrative in science communication

I recently posted a blog about Randy Olson’s new book, “Houston, we have a narrative: Why science needs story“. I contacted Randy about his book and learned that he is experiencing push back from some quarters, including some scientists. I would like to point out that Randy is not the only person to promote the […]

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January 5, 2016

Randy Olson’s new book: “Houston, We Have a Narrative”

Randy Olson has really knocked a home run with his latest book, “Houston, we have a narrative: Why science needs story”. Randy’s previous book, “Don’t be such a scientist: Talking substance in an age of style” does a good job defining the problem that most scientists have in communicating complex ideas to wide audiences. But […]

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December 29, 2015

Integration and Application Network in 2015: The year in review

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) had an amazing year in 2015. IAN Press produced 33 products, 78 blogs were posted by 13 different IAN staff and by the 15 graduate students in the Science for Environmental Management course, and IAN staff were in various media reports 109 times. The IAN Facebook page posted 582 […]

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September 18, 2015

Building coastal resilience through stories

Coastal scientists have an important role helping communities become more resilient by telling people what changes can be expected from climate change and sea level rise. But, how can you tell people about change that is coming, in a way that makes it tangible for people and motivates them to act, when the extent of […]

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May 10, 2015

Science for Environmental Management 2015 poem

Fifteen students from four campuses met each week After watching YouTube lectures and reading a lot Our class time flew by, did it not Facilitators led the discussion, insights they did seek.   And the rapporteur provided the discussion summary So that the author could draft up a synthesis blog Clarifying the topic by avoiding […]

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April 1, 2015

Climate change: teaching the public these are not dirty words

Stephanie Siemek, Wenfei Ni, Sabrina Klick The words climate change are not dirty words, nevertheless, in some cases it is controversial to even mention it. Climate change has an immense amount of support from scientific data, models, research, as well as current day observation. Yet, many people refuse to believe it. Websites have even been […]

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October 30, 2014

Communicating science with marine laboratory and field station directors at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

I was asked by Mike DeLuca from Rutgers University to present a plenary talk at the annual gathering of the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML), which was held jointly with the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. The meeting was titled ‘Windows to the World: […]

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September 2, 2014

Louisiana Sea Grant Discovery, Integration and Application initiative (LA DIA)

Tracey Saxby and I traveled to Baton Rouge for a two-day training session for the Louisiana Sea Grant Discovery Integration and Application (LA DIA) scholars. Robert Twilley, Louisiana Sea Grant Director, and his staff helped us develop this training session. Tim Carruthers, the former Program Director for the Integration and Application Network and now working […]

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