Communications Happy Hour with Science Writer John Bohannon

By Hanny Rivera | April 3, 2013

On a rainy Cambridge night, a couple MIT students met up with science writer John Bohannon for an informal “science communications happy hour” at the Miracle of Science near MIT. Amid conversations about how to communicate about climate change to the public, what the greatest science communications challenges are, and how John got to where…

Ocean Stories: A Synergy of Art and Science

By Hanny Rivera | March 3, 2013

Panel Discussions at the Museum of Science: March 3 – 1pm-2pm – 2pm-3pm Free with Exhibit Halls admission Explore the planet’s last true frontier – the ocean – and encounter swirling currents traced in light, mysterious seascapes rendered in paint, and delicate marine life etched in vibrant color. At Ocean Stories you will find works…

The Broader Impacts Group Kickoff at the MIT Museum

By Hanny Rivera | February 11, 2013

On Monday February 11, the Broader Impacts Group hosted a Cambridge Kickoff meeting at the MIT Museum. The meeting featured speaker John Bohannon, a creative communicator of science who has engaged the public not only via science writing, but through the cutting-edge medium of dance. About 25 participants attended, coming from a range of MIT…

Communications Workshop with Linda Pogue

By Hanny Rivera | January 28, 2013

“It’s so great that the BIG scientists are taking the initiative to improve how they and their colleagues communicate.” – Diana Kenny, workshop participant Participants in the two BIG communication workshops last week learned effective approaches to presenting scientific material, both to academic and public audiences. In the first session, communications professional Linda Pogue emphasized…

Blog Writing Workshop

By Hanny Rivera | January 15, 2013

BIG held a successful blogging workshop on Tuesday January 15 from 5-6:30pm in the WHOI student lounge. Science writer Ken Kostel from the WHOI Communications Department and students Sarah Rosengard and Ben Linhoff lead an open discussion on the experience of blogging as a young scientist. Workshop participants also engaged in hands-on, interactive practice in concise science writing.

Beyond the Silver Liquid: 3 Joint Program Students blogging at UN Mercury Negotiations in Geneva

By Hanny Rivera | January 13, 2013

Three MIT/WHOI graduate students, Alice Alpert, Bethanie Edwards and Julie van der Hoop, and a several other MIT students are in Geneva, Switzerland, attending the UN Environment Programme’s fifth and final meeting to finalize a legally-binding global mercury agreement. They are blogging at and will be tweeting live from sessions, sharing their experiences as we observe the treaty-writing…

Social Event with At Large Steinbach Scholar Andrew Dessler

By Hanny Rivera | August 20, 2012

Andrew Dessler will be visiting Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution from August 20th through 22nd as a visiting scholar. A Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University, Dr. Dessler’s research focuses on water vapor feedbacks in the atmosphere and the role of clouds in climate variability. Dr. Dessler has served as a Senior Policy Analyst in the White…

Radio Sound Bites Evening

By Hanny Rivera | July 12, 2012

The Broader Impacts Group will host a Radio Sound Bites evening with Ari Shapiro, a former Joint Program student and WHOI postdoc and current science radio journalist, and Emily Moberg, a current JP student. Ari and Emily will talk about what goes into radio journalism and how they think about stories and communication when they…

BIG Inaugural Meeting

By Hanny Rivera | June 19, 2012

The Broader Impacts Group convened for the first time on June 19 at the WHOI Exhibit Center in Woods Hole Village. This first expanded dialogue on science communication featured a diverse membership from the Woods Hole community– scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory, and Woods Hole Research Center; journalists and science writers;…

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