During the past few weeks I had the opportunity to attend two conferences that had related themes and took place literally across the street from each other, but in other ways were worlds apart. First was the Ecological Society of America’s Annual Meeting (#ESA2014), which was dominated by ecological scientists sharing their research. The following week, government officials, land managers, city planners, and NGO representatives met at the first ever California Adaptation Forum (#CAF14). While both conferences explored the possibility of finding solutions by forging new connections, there was still clearly a gap between those talking about the latest research on one side of the street and those trying to figure out how to implement it on the other. [Read more…]
I once heard healthy organizations are constantly changing. This means effective leaders are not only agents of change but are also change managers. As the Executive Director of a science communication organization, this philosophy has become a mantra for me as I strive to keep our organization healthy. Because we operate at the nexus of the quickly moving worlds of science, media and policy, recognizing that embracing and adapting to change is the norm means that it’s OK that this is part of our daily work too. Embracing change has liberated me. [Read more…]
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:
- Researching ocean acidification is a maturing and growing field, but policymakers should take local action now.
- Ocean acidification is an “all hands on deck” issue.
- Purple sea urchins may be able to adapt to changing pH and others may be able to move– but will their food move, too?
- Cephalopods are fascinating creatures, octopuses in particular– a toy octopus helps scientists determine if changing sea chemistry affects hermit crabs’ response to predation threats and this octopus is just plain cool.
- This article about gender bias for women in science has been causing a lot of discussion, but ratios at the symposium showed a different story.
- On a lighter note, go look at some cute animal pictures to help you focus more during your work week.
Have a great weekend!