Over the winter break I interviewed Chris Anderson of Science Over Everything about how science researchers can be better science educators. Outside of his scicomm blog, Chris is a consultant with the Hamilton County Educational Service Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He primarily works as an instructional coach to educators and curriculum managers to help them build science … Continue reading
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How to support positive action on climate change in Trump’s America
Ever wonder what our most popular post of all time is here at UNdertheC? It’s this piece which is essentially a doom and gloom piece I wrote about what would happen to the world if the oceans “died.” In other words, this is what will happen if we do not change our ways, culture, decisions, … Continue reading
Ditch the jargon!
I’ve been thinking a lot about science communication recently. From translating my research about nitrogen cycling into a lesson plan for high school students (via SciREN) to applying for science communication workshops, I feel like everything I’ve done recently has revolved around effectively communicating science to a non-scienctist audience. Which is equal parts great (!) … Continue reading
COP21- What actually happened at the Paris Climate Talks?
Want to read what we think about the accord? Scroll to the bottom of this post to see our responses! In December 2015, representatives from almost 200 UN countries met in Paris for COP21 to discuss climate and the future of our planet. The group deliberated for almost 2 weeks before finally drafting an accord … Continue reading
Fake Plastic Fish: how consumerism ruins the ocean
By now you’ve probably seen one of the many articles we have posted about plastics, recycling, and the garbage problem that plagues the world’s oceans (if not, check them out 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Ocean pollution is obviously an issue that we here are UNdertheC are concerned about. Luckily, we aren’t the … Continue reading
Reusable Rockets: Entering the Next Era of Spaceflight
What if we threw away the airplane every time we flew from L.A. to New York? We would never fly. This analogy is one I repeatedly hear from people at SpaceX, a California-based company with the mission “to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.” The core of achieving this … Continue reading
Ice Ice Baby: what in the world is going on with Antarctica’s ice?
A couple of weeks ago a new study came out from NASA indicating that the Antarctica land mass is gaining ice. This study by Zwally and colleagues, indicates ice accumulation in East Antarctic continent exceeds the loss of ice from the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP). This study is contradictory to many studies that have been published on … Continue reading
Pope Francis’ Radical Guide to Climate Change
Pope Francis released an encyclical on the environment in June, and your first thought was probably, “Should I care?” Your second may have been, to quote 1920s presidential candidate Al Smith, “What the hell is an encyclical?” Quick answers: 1) yes, no matter who you are, and 2) read on. Let’s start with the basics, … Continue reading
Adulterated Science: Why not all Sci Comm is GOOD Sci Comm
By now if you are a human (or cylon, I won’t judge) who has used the internet more than once, I expect you to have stumbled upon IFL Science. You probably come across it “on the regular” on your Facebook page. IFL Science is great for the lay person. It provides tons of scientific information … Continue reading
El Niño 101
By this point, most folks are aware of the drought that currently has California (and Texas, too, for that matter) in it’s grips (and if you haven’t heard, then check out our post The California Drought). What’s new to this story is the strengthening of El Niño in the Pacific. And while El Niño first … Continue reading