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Tips for Enhancing SciComm Inclusiveness

Guest post by Elita Baldridge Part of being an effective science communicator is making certain that all of your audience is able to interact with your message.   Taking into consideration conditions or disabilities that your audience or a fellow presenter might have helps to extend your reach while facilitating inclusion of those with chronic illness/disability. As an ecologist with a…

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Ecological SciComm at the Frontier

It’s that time of the year – time to get your brain into ESA Annual Meeting Mode. You’re furiously finishing that data analysis in prep for a talk or poster. You’re checking out the Conference Program and getting your schedule in order. You’re registering for the meeting and arranging meet-ups with colleagues and collaborators. How about adding science communication to…

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Make a difference in ESA SciComm! Volunteers needed for…

In anticipation of the Baltimore meeting, we’re seeking volunteers for three SciComm efforts. 1. Help us staff the Science Communications Section booth in the exhibit hall (shared with the Education and Policy sections). Please email Clarisse Hart (hart3@nullfas.harvard.edu) with a 1-hour time slot you are willing to contribute during exhibit hours (Monday through Thursday 11am-1:30pm; 4-6:30 PM). 2. Are you interested in serving…

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A short guide to better PowerPoint presentations  

Written & illustrated by Simon J. Brandl I love conferences. But, during every scientific symposium I experience moments that leave me in stupefied disbelief. Why? At any given scientific conference innocent scientists are exposed to abysmally bad presentations. Since I’m unaware of a law that requires great science to be presented in a mind-blowingly boring way, this post highlights key…

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6 More SciComm Resources

If you cruised through our SciComm resources and Multimedia SciComm Guide thinking, “Read that. Yep, read that. Read that, too…” here are a few more SciComm resources you can explore. Some are fairly recent, and some are ‘oldies but goodies.’

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#SketchYourScience takes off after ESA 2014 workshop

It’s happening! Multimedia SciComm is catching on, and our workshop participants are chief vectors for distributing the bug. Our last post was about Johanna Varner and the research she does on pikas. Inspired by Johanna’s own sketches, produced during our workshop, the Pikas on Ice post featured some delightful pika sketches by Jennifer Landin. Pikas on Ice! http://t.co/8awa46SayY Nice Ecotone…

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Pikas on Ice

*This piece was originally published on ESA’s EcoTone blog. Adorable and fuzzy, American pikas (Ochotona princeps) have become the spokes-critter for the consequences of climate change in alpine areas. These little fuzzballs, more closely related to rabbits than rodents, are specialized for living on the rocky slopes of mountains. They’re very sensitive to hot summer temperatures, and so, as temperatures…

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New Frontiers in Eco-Communication

Today in the Hyatt hallway, I passed a colleague with an imposing nametag terraced by four colors of ribbon. He is an ESA donor, a moderator, and two other things I can’t recall (possibly a juggler). This year my nametag has a ribbon, too. It’s a regular reminder that even though scicomm workshop 15 is done, my duty to communicate…

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