Blog posts by Joanna Woerner
Science videos on the UMCES Channel engage students across the country.

Investing in math and science education: "Our generation's Sputnik moment"

Joanna Woerner ·
26 January 2011
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication |     1 comments

Last month, President Obama coined the phrase Sputnik moment in regard to the race for new innovations in science and technology. Last night, he raised this issue again in his State of the Union address. The President asserted that in order to support innovation, advance alternate energies, compete in the new global economy, and create jobs, the country needs investments in research and education equivalent to those undertaken during the height of the Space Race.


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New media such as the soon to be launched UMCES SchoolTube channel is a vital part of rejuvenating young people's interest in science.

As seen on TV....or your computer, or your smart phone

Joanna Woerner ·
13 December 2010
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication | 

We've all seen how video-sharing websites have the power to make everyday events such as frolicking kids and frisky kitchens go viral. Well then, we should be able to harness that power to deliver engaging content about items that impact our every day. Items such as climate change, water quality, and public health issues—topics so important, they warrant space on our screens. The challenge is that these topics don't have the warm and fuzzy factor of frolicking kids and frisky kittens.


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Screen capture of climate change page in the coral and climate change web module being developed by IAN and the Pacific Island Network Inventory and Monitoring Network. Available spring 2011.

What would a 7th grader do?

Joanna Woerner ·
7 December 2010
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication | 

Chilling question when your middle school days are long behind you and you're reminded of just how not hip you are each time you put on the tv, the radio, or Google. Nonetheless, What would a 7th grader do? --has been the guiding question for the coral and climate change module IAN is developing for the Pacific Island Network Inventory and Monitoring Program at the National Park Service (NPS).


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Science communication in southern Maine

Joanna Woerner ·
22 January 2010
Science Communication | 

Single digit temperatures, predictions of snow, and a six-inch blanket of the white stuff already on the ground seemed like a chilly proposition to Emily Nauman and me, Joanna Woerner, both Maryland Easternshorers who are acclimated to mild winters. However, as IAN Science Communicators we were eager to brave old man winter in order to present a Communicating Science Effectively course at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.


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