Beyond The Sea, Busting Silos For The Future

It's all connected.  Where the ocean meets the land.
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Pop quiz – pick one and only one answer:

Hurricane Sandy is related to: a) weather, b) climate, c) oceans, d) public safety

Ocean acidification is an issue related to: a) oceans, b) carbon, c) agriculture, d) food security

Marine debris is an issue related to: a) oceans, b) consumption, c) population, d) health

Marine aquaculture is an issue related to: a) oceans, b) food security, c) agriculture, d) social equity [Read more…]

10/26 Weekly Link Round-Up

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Here are a few of the postings, articles, and things that caught our collective COMPASS eye this week:

  • You’ve undoubtedly seen the various articles covering the Italian earthquake verdict. At COMPASS, we’ve found the following articles to be the most thought provoking and relevant to our work and science communication- this blog asserts that it was the failure of science communication on trial, and this New York Times article highlights the importance of effective science communication, especially in the face of high risk science. Regardless of where you stand on the verdict, this is an interesting case study in science communication.
  • Impostor Syndrome- have you heard of it? This lecture from Columbia University provides great insight to something more people struggle with than you may realize.
  • In a similar vein, if you find you are constantly stressed at work, the culprit could come from within.
  • This issue of momentum on issuu (a new favorite site), features “7 Wonders of a Hopeful World,” covering some ideas of opportunities to overcome what may seem to be endless environmental challenges.

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What Makes A Great Radio Interview?

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In my last post, I described the importance of being a good listener in order to be an effective communicator.  As the former production assistant for the environmental radio show Living on Earth, (and as the show’s current part-time transcriber), I’ve had many opportunities to listen critically to and to be a part of great science-minded radio.  While there are many excellent guides out there for interview tips (like this one from AAAS), here are some of the interviewee qualities that I found make for an ultimately interesting and effective piece, as well as some of my own tips for how to best tell your story in this medium: [Read more…]

10/5 Weekly Link Round-Up

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We’re back on schedule with the weekly link round-up! Last week several COMPASS staff were at the Ocean in a High CO2 World Symposium, and, prior to the symposium, COMPASS led an Ocean Acidification Communication Workshop. Nancy Baron, inspired by the symposium and workshop, spoke about the urgency ocean acidification data gives scientists to speak up in her latest blog, Hot, Sour, and Breathless.  This week’s link round-up features only a small portion of articles that were either inspired by the COMPASS workshop or the symposium itself:

Have a great weekend!