If you’re interested in the use of social media for science communication and public engagement, feel free to follow my shiny new Twitter account (http://twitter.com/kightpat), where I’ll be reporting/commenting from ScienceOnline Oceans in Miami this coming weekend.  Assuming the conference hotel wifi can stand up to the traffic from  200+ Tweeters …

Check the latest episode of the Geek Whisperers podcast for an interview with Rakesh Bharania, who works as part of the Cisco Tactical Operations team. The team’s main job in emergencies is to help get large-scale communication and network systems back online when natural or man-made disaster strikes – but they also use a well-developed, coordinated social media strategy to help disseminate crisis information, rumor control and emergency coordination.


How might organizations such as Sea Grant, which have people on or close to the scene of coastal disasters & emergencies, develop our own strategies for using social media and similar tools to broaden our effectiveness in times of crisis?

Filed Under (Examples, science communication, Sea Grant) by Pat Kight on 01-02-2013

A couple of resources that might be useful as you ponder today’s ScienceOnline topics:

Formal Science Education, Informal Science Education and Science Writing

  • The Free-Choice Learning Lab at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. This Sea Grant project, funded by a five-year, $2.6 million NSF grant, is transforming the popular HMSC Visitor Center into a high-tech laboratory where researchers from around the world can study how people of all ages learn about science in informal, free-choice settings. Check out their blog.

Persuading the Unpersuadable: Communicating Science to Deniers, Cynics, and Trolls

Sea Grant Communications Director Joe Cone has developed a number of publications based on his NOAA-funded research with colleagues in Maine and elsewhere to understand how to develop sound information, grounded in surveys of local residents and opinion leaders, can give coastal communities the tools they need to actively prepare for climate change. The research is summarized here, with links to a number of videos and publications resulting from the project.

In addition, we’ve developed a number of short, free publications, grounded in this research, to provide science communicators with tools that can help them effectively deliver information about climate change and other “controversial” topics to the public.