Science Communication: How it benefits a STEM research career
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by Shane Hanlon
10M ago
By Sarah Lamm Many STEM professionals hold the misconception that engaging in science communication can hinder the progress of budding and established research careers. However, it is not necessary to choose between engaging in outreach and conducting research. The truth is science communication can improve research opportunities by increase your eligibility for funding, and expand your networking connections.   Science communication makes scientists eligible for funding, they would otherwise be ineligible for. At one point in my career, I was not conducting the research that I was passio ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: Something in the water
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
11M ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young intended to educate and inspire through sciart. You can find the originals here. The poles make the difference in the size of certain animals.  Here the colossal squid speaks about why it’s so, well, colossal! Yes, the cold, oxygenated water of the Southern Ocean that surrounds Antarctica has altered the evolution of its residents.  Certain animals thrive here, forming the basis of the food chain.  And in the polar north, we’ve seen influences of another kind — the impact of climate change on sea temperature (and ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: On the trail to science
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
11M ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young intended to educate and inspire through sciart. You can find the originals here. I’ve never been to Greenland or the North Pole—but one of my guilty pleasures is investigating how I’d get there if I went. This week’s #AntarcticLog is a product of this kind of woolgathering.  I got fascinated with working in the ice during an expedition in 2010 as part of a science party in the Beaufort Sea just north of Alaska. When I met Paty Matrai and Carlton Rauschenberg, I was thrilled to hear their stories of working on the ice near the ..read more
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Harnessing the power of TikTok for science communication
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
1y ago
Screenshot of a Terra Explore video discussing a (then recent) earthquake showing a Ground Motion Visualization (GMV) produced by EarthScope Consortium (formerly IRIS). By Emily Zawacki TikTok catapulted in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic and has now come to dominate the social media landscape. With over 1 billion monthly active users, science communicators have the potential to capitalize on TikTok’s success and share their science with a broad, engaged audience. On TikTok, users consume and create short-form (~15 s to 3 min) videos on their mobile phones. In addition to a Following ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: To the dogs
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
1y ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of sciart comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here. It’s on! What’s on? The Iditarod — 98 years after the history-making dog sled run, the dogs are off again, and that means it’s on.  Dogs once the transportation of choice in the far south as well as the far north.  They were key to Amundsen’s triumphant arrival at the South Pole and to Shackleton’s explorations…  But the last dogs left Antarctica in 1994, the last non-native animals to be phased out other than humans. Many went home, or were re-homed.  But the dogs of polar ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: Branching Out 
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
1y ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here. Coral keeps on doing the unexpected — as in this week’s two stories from vastly different coral ecosystems.  There’s no denying the impact of climate change on corals: higher water temperatures, changing sea levels, increased ocean acidification.   But there’s good news in coral’s response — in some cases, with human help.  Dave Vaughn’s discovery was put to work nearby; then researchers like Hanna Koch saw it come to fruition.  Hope springs worldwide, such as the SHEBA Hope ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: Being Berg 
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
1y ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here.   So you’ve always wanted to be an iceberg, to travel the world, bestowing fresh water and, just in general, being awesome? Here’s how:      I learn something new every week that I do an #AntarcticLog comic. Although I’ve investigated bergs before, seeing whose eyes are trained on icebergs (there are a number of eyes)     and why it’s important to follow them, whether it’s from afar —     or close up —      There’s just one organization tha ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: Ice is cool
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
1y ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here. Ice, my friends, is anything but basic.  It does strange and unexpected things, foiling even modelers. This week’s #AntarcticLog reviews an essential principle or two.  Which gives me a chance to reflect on clouds and modeling.  Johann Klages of the Alfred-Wegener-Institut helped me put together this poster about the life cycle of a glacier.  And I can’t resist including one of my favorite things to have with meatballs: sastrugi!  –Karen Romano Young is a writer, a ..read more
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How young and early career scientists communicate science on international level
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
1y ago
By Chia-Chun Liang A photo of the author with two other delegations (left: Janice & right: Mark) from AGU at COP 27 Ocean Pavilion. Photo credit: Chia-Chun Liang. For many scientists, it is not easy to communicate science to non-scientists communities. And in this blog, I am going to focus on ways for young scientists to communicate or deliver plainspoken science to a particular group of non-scientists – policymakers from around the world. For earth science field, the largest international gathering where you can find policymakers from different countries is the Conference of Parties (CO ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: From the top
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
1y ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here. This week’s #AntarcticLog heads to the Arctic to report on the latest from Washington, D.C. It’s not the first time I’ve reported on climate related policy, whether it’s international —  — or national —  — and whether it comes from the top, or is the results of grass roots effort and action.  –Karen Romano Young is a writer, artist, deep-sea diver, and polar explorer. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram. The post #AntarcticLog: From the top appeared fir ..read more
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