Happy Holidays From COMPASS

The COMPASS team taken at last year's staff retreat, clockwise from upper left: Chad English, Kenny Maher, Paige Biggs (formerly Beckley), Karen McLeod, Erin Moomey, Brooke Smith, Nancy Baron, Erica Goldman, Heather Galindo, Heather Reiff, Liz Neeley, and Meghan Miner.

When you’re passionate about your work, like we are at COMPASS, it’s easy to let work creep into other aspects of your life.  In the spirit of a healthy work/life balance, our blog is taking the week off. We look forward to bringing you the latest and greatest from the interface of science, policy and the media, as well as many exciting COMPASS updates in the New Year.

Happy holidays, from COMPASS.

The COMPASS team, clockwise from upper left: Chad English, Kenny Maher, Paige Biggs (formerly Beckley), Karen McLeod, Erin Moomey, Brooke Smith, Nancy Baron, Erica Goldman, Heather Galindo, Heather Reiff, Liz Neeley, and Meghan Miner.

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Link Roundup 12/21/12

Photo courtesy of 'Ravages' via Flickr.

Hello loyal link-roundup readers!  We’ve made it through til Friday and proved wrong the folks who misinterpreted the prophecies of the ancient Maya when they said the world was going to end on 12-21-12 … which is great because COMPASS has a lot in store for 2013.  And, apparently we weren’t the only end-of-world skeptics – the science news media, blog-o-sphere, and online realm, unencumbered by apocalyptic fears, continued to pump out some gems throughout the week – we’ve rounded up a few for you below: [Read more…]

Meaningful Change Is Not For The Timid: A COMPASS Perspective On Jane Lubchenco


This post was originally posted on 13 Dec., 2012.

COMPASS co-founder Jane Lubchenco announced this week that she will leave her position as administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the end of February.  She will return to her home on the West Coast and resume her life in academia, and with her family.  She is the first woman and first marine ecologist to ever run the science-based agency dedicated to understanding changes in climate, weather, and the oceans, and sustaining coastal and marine resources. Her departure comes exactly four years after she received an unexpected telephone call from the White House asking her to join President Obama’s new team in Washington, D.C.  The call came while she was in Australia on a trip that combined intertidal research with a family holiday – not unusual for scientists who love their work. She flew to Chicago to meet with President-Elect Obama and accepted his invitation to be part of his ‘Science Team.’   With her family’s encouragement, she chose to take the leap — from scientist to policymaker.

I’ve known Jane Lubchenco since the early days of COMPASS in 2000 and witnessed her continuous evolution as a leader. Along the way, we’ve shared many a glass of wine and deep discussions.  In an email to me reflecting on her decision, she showed her true grit. “It is both thrilling and daunting. It’s also surreal right now,” she wrote. “But this seems like an unparalleled opportunity for science, for oceans, for climate. It’s not clear how much I can accomplish, but I am willing to try.” [Read more…]

12/14/12 Link Round-Up

Photo courtesy of 'Ravages' via Flickr.

In Monday’s blog post, Liz Neeley gave her top three favorite reasons to live-tweet scientific conferences. “At big meetings like #AGU12, the stream can feel more like a raging river, with hundreds of tweets each hour,” she said in the post. “So how can you effectively surf this flood of information?” Check out the post to learn the answer, but  if you’re hungry for even more insight into potential uses for Twitter at conferences… [Read more…]

Wading Into A Conference Tweet-Stream


The author tends to pair her mid-air tweeting with Ginger Ale.

The flight attendant just rather ominously announced that the third and final beverage service is underway, snapping me back to the reality of seat 27F. With an empty middle seat and strong wifi, I’d lost track of time, catching up on emails and keeping tabs on the conference I’d just left – the American Geophysical Union (AGU)’s annual fall meeting – still in full swing.

This year, AGU had more than 22,000 attendees – a new record for them, and a tremendous opportunity for networking and catching up on some of the latest and greatest earth, ocean, and climate science out there. For me, each day was an inspiring but intense sprint between sessions, meetings, social events, and more, chaos only held at bay by rigorous scheduling underpinned by great technology. My secret weapon? Twitter. [Read more…]

12/7/12 Link Round-Up

Photo courtesy of 'Ravages' via Flickr.

For this week’s link roundup, we’re offering a dose of planetary and environmental perspective. At COMPASS, we’re all about seeing things in new and different ways in order to find new connections across scientific disciplines, and the ways in which science can be used to inform policy. In the spirit of the season, we offer some different big picture views of our world and how we interact with it: [Read more…]

Ocean Acidification Science Takes Center Stage In Washington State

Panel members stand behind Gov. Gregoire, while she signed the Executive Order. 
Photo courtesy of:  Kate McDermott/Taylor Shellfish

Last Tuesday, Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire announced the release of recommendations from the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification and underscored the effort with an Executive Order for the state to take action on this issue. The 28 member panel was the first of its kind in the country and was notable for the prominent role that both science and scientists played in the process. From the first public meeting in March 2012, the seven scientists on the Panel worked tirelessly to convey the current state of ocean acidification science to both their fellow Panel members and meeting attendees. Having worked with many of the Panel scientists over the past year on effective communication about this topic, including at the recent COMPASS Ocean Acidification Communication Workshop, and following the process closely, I can say that this was no small task. [Read more…]