Science Communication Tips inc. on Climate Change

  • How to give a science talk
    a pdf of a powerpoint talk prepared by Stephanie Pfirman, Martin Stute, and Dallas Abbott at Columbia University in 2006.
    Some common sense about things we don't always think about.

  • Dave Nolan's guidelines for 12-minute talks

  • The Science of Scientific Writing
    A seminal article by George Gopen and Judith Swan* from American Scientist, Nov. 1990, on
    the importance of context to reader comprehension. also as pdf & one page summary.
    handed out as part of NCAR's undergrad writing mentor program (SOARS).

  • Right your Writing
    an update from Judith Swan*, in The Scientist, 2009, vol. 23

  • how to add value to a poster
    An email from the ARM program Chief Scientist Warren Wiscombe to all ARM scientists sent March, 2008.
    updated March 2009.

  • 2 other sites on designing effective posters

  • how to add value to your slides
    a set of slides which show, by example, what is good and bad in slides. sent out by Warren Wiscombe to the ARM community in February, 2009.

  • on parentheses
    by Alan Robock. a short treatise against the use of parentheses to include multiple information in an article. EOS, vol. 91, no. 56, Nov. 9, 2010.

  • Who is listening? What do they hear?
    by Stephen Benka, Physics Today, Dec. 2008. Slightly long-winded, but makes the useful point that we explicitly consider our audience.

  • A university laboratory course to improve scientific communication skills.
    by David M. Schultz, BAMS, no. 8, September 2010. p. 1259-1266.

    nice site by systems biologist Uri Alon
  • Tips Preparing Effective Talks
    also from Weizmann Institute

  • Navigating Graduate School and Beyond: A Career Guide for Graduate Students and a Must Read for Every Advisor
    An interview with the book author Sundar Christopher on professional development skills.

    Climate Change Communication and Psychology
    2 Articles published in EOS, vol. 89, no. 11, March 11, 2008, concerning communication on climate change:
  • scientific and non-scientific word usage
    by Susan Hassol of Climate Communication, Basalt, CO, this article examines differing perceptions of the same climate change terminology.
  • on communicating Arctic climate change
    by Syn-Ichi Akasofu of U. of Alaska, this article addresses common misperceptions on Arctic climate.

  • Disciplines, Geography, and Gender in the Framing of Climate Change
    by Saffron O'Neill, Mike Hulme, John Turnpenny and James Screen, BAMS, vol. 91, no.8., August, 2010. p. 997-1002.

  • The Psychology of Global Warming: Improving the fit between the Science and the Message
    by Ben Newell and Andrew Pitman. BAMS, vol. 91, no.8., August, 2010. p. 1003-1014.

  • The Language of Science and Communication with Congress
    by Grace Napolitano, US Representative from California. EOS, vol. 92, no.47., 22 November, 2011. p. 421-422.

  • Methods to enhance climate change imagery for communication
    R. Simmon et al., AGU Fall 2011 Meeting poster U11B-0017 or through

  • What do U.S. Students know about Climate Change?
    K. Theissen, EOS, vol. 92, no. 51, 20 December 2011 p. 477-478. this article stresses the value of
    introductory (undergraduate) courses on climate change for addressing student misconceptions early on.

  • Book Review: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
    by N. Oreskes, Physics Today, 65, June issue, p. 54.

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    *Judith Swan came to RSMAS to lead a 1-day workshop on Nov. 21, 2009. fotos