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SciComm lessons from a global pandemic

The worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 has left an indelible mark on 2020, one that will go far beyond when the last person is vaccinated. It has forced the global population to get up to speed quickly—understand and evaluate the risk, make judgements about one’s own behavior, and adapt to ‘new normals’ from family gatherings and dining out to teaching students and traveling for work or pleasure. 

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Using improv to build communication skills: a conversation with Tim Essington

Tim Essington is a professor of aquatic and fishery sciences, and over the years has become an avid supporter of building SciComm skills through improv. His dedication has not only helped him deliver a wickedly funny comedy show, but has also sharpened his approach to science, his teaching and how he talks about his work. First of all, what is improv and why is it interesting to you? 

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Looking for life: UW researchers, presentations abound at 2019 astrobiology conference in Bellevue

Night sky with stars

What are ocean worlds like? Is life possible inside a planet? What might a faraway technological civilization look like from here? Which planets warrant closer study, and why? And above all: Are we alone? Astrobiology is the study of life in the universe and of the terrestrial environments and planetary and stellar processes that support it. To study astrobiology is to ask questions that cut across multiple disciplines and could take lifetimes to answer. 

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First book published on fishes of the Salish Sea

The Rosethorn Rockfish (Sebastes helvomaculatus)

The first book documenting all of the known species of fishes that live in the Salish Sea is now available. “Fishes of the Salish Sea” is a three-volume book and is the culmination of more than 40 years of research by authors Theodore W. Pietsch, curator emeritus of fishes of the Burke Museum and University of Washington professor emeritus of aquatic and fishery sciences, and James W. 

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Building SciComm skills through lessons from Washington’s coast

The coast of Washington is a remote and wild place, where waves bash the rocky shoreline, whales meander just offshore and tidepools teem with eye-popping displays of life. That wildness is precisely what Zoe van Duivenbode relished about her time as a marine educator stationed at Kalaloch Beach, working for Olympic National Park. She spent her days exploring the coast, taking detailed notes and painting the seascapes in front of her, thinking about ways she could connect the lessons of the sea to visiting tourists on their summer vacation. 

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