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January 10, 2017

Science visualization courses teach students to “Let it go”

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) team produced another Science Visualization course in the Fall 2016 semester that wrapped up in December 2016. The first time this course was taught was in Spring 2016, when it was offered for graduate credit with the Marine Environmental and Estuarine Science (MEES) program. In this second round of […]

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December 13, 2016

Plan your build and build your plan

Kristie Gianopulos Over 40% of the world population has an internet connection (3.42 billion people), and we all recognize the importance of using the internet to find and broadcast information. So if you want to use the web to get your message out, how should you go about it? How do you make your website […]

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December 6, 2016

Integrating science, message, and design

Liz Myers Dancing among disciplines to protect ecosystems Science communicators pursue an ambitious, worthwhile goal. We integrate knowledge across disciplines and fields of expertise – physical and life sciences, rhetoric, art, psychology, public administration, publishing, and digital technology – each with its own rich history and strikingly different culture. We reach optimistically across the divide […]

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November 8, 2016

Prepare, Point, Think, Shoot, Edit: How to take a great photograph

Laura Wood Photos are a great way to quickly catch people’s attention and get them interested in a subject matter. In fact, they often provide the first impression for your work, as people take in and react to visual images much more quickly than they do text. So, whether you’re working with data visualization, outreach […]

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November 1, 2016

It’s alive! Tips for creating maps that take on a life of their own

Similar to a good Halloween costume, you want any map you create to convey a clear and understandable message that it doesn’t take long for the viewer to digest. Someone viewing your map should not need to take more than a minute or two to understand it’s purpose. Also similar to a Halloween costume, the […]

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October 25, 2016

Goldilocks: The Unheralded Mapping Guru

Michelle Canick OK, not really. But like Goldilocks selecting the bed just right for her nap, we should try to avoid the extremes when designing a map. Don’t make the map too simple or too complex, but provide just the right amount of detail to tell the story. What’s the story? Well, that’s really the […]

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October 18, 2016

A picture is worth a 1,000 words

Amanda Mueller Each image elicits a specific thought or response in each of us, and that response may depend on the day of the week, our knowledge base, or experiences we have had in the past. However, we have to make sure that the images we are creating are exhibiting the message we are trying […]

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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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October 4, 2016

How to help your audience feel comfortable: Four steps in creating clean, colorful and welcoming graphs

Jennifer Shanahan As I listened to valuable lessons on how to improve visualization of our data during the latest unit in the IAN Science Communication course it struck me that there is a great parallel with the process of preparing to host a great party! Yes as much as we want to make a great […]

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September 27, 2016

Data Visualization 101: Simple changes can make a world of difference

Holly Padgett Imagine this scenario: you check your email and see an announcement for an upcoming presentation about elk migration in the Pacific Northwest. Excitedly, you register for the event and mark it on your calendar (because who doesn’t love elk?!). On the day of the event, you show up early to get a good […]

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