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Ocean as Infrastructure?

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16 May 2014, 11am-2pm, WHOI, Clark 507

A presentation by graduate students from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design focusing on the wet world of oceans, asking, how are we shaping it, and how is it shaping us.

Inland or offshore, water surround us all. Yet, as liquid landscape, the ocean represents a glaring blind spot in our field of urban vision. Catastrophic events sometimes remind of its influence - a shark attack, a lost airplane, an oil spill, an underwater earthquake - but we tend to ignore the extensive and intensive scales that the oceanic takes on. Meanwhile, its space and surface continue to be radically instrumentalized like land: offshore zones territorialized by nation states, high seas crisscrossed by shipping routes, estuaries metabolized by effluents, sea levels sensed by satellites, sea floor lined with submarine cables, sea beds plumbed for resources. The ocean has become a vast logistical landscape and a system of technological systems. It is both a frame for regulatory controls and a field of uncontrollable, indivisible processes. Its contested, catastrophic characterization as imperiled environment, coastal risk or contested territory overlooks great potential power.

As ocean and fluid infrastructure, the space of the ocean supports contemporary urban life in ways practically unimagined, and unseen. It critically and intellectually challenges the dry, closed, and fixed earthbound frameworks that shape today’s industrial, corporate, and economic patterns. Re-examining the ocean's historic and superficial remoteness through a telescopic lens, this presentation of graduate research projects issue profiles an alternative optic of the ocean as contemporary space and cultural subject of material, politic, and ecological significance.

Lights, Cameras, Action, Adventure! Helping the world see itself as you do

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8 May 2014, 3-5pm, WHOI, Carriage House

Have you ever:
-Wanted to use photographs or videos to publicize your work but don’t know where to start (or secretly wish someone else would do it for you)?
-Wanted more opportunities to explore the art of imaging and visual media production?

The MIT/WHOI Broader Impacts Group invites you to Lights, Cameras, Action, Adventure! Helping the world see itself as you do on Thursday May 8 at 3-5 PM in Carriage House. Please join us for a series of short presentations and panel discussions on the basics of field photography and video. Come learn about free image/video production resources from the Falmouth community available to you for the development of your research and broader impacts activities.

Featured panelists:
-Chris Linder, JP alumnus and professional nature photographer.
-Falmouth Community Television

All are welcome. Coffee and tea service provided.

Principiae lecture: How to create effective presentation slides

Jan. 28 from 2-4pm, WHOI, Redfield auditorium

On January 28, close to 100 people from WHOI, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Woods Hole Research Center gathered in Redfield auditorium to attend a lecture by Dr Jean-luc Doumont of Principiae, a communications consulting firm that specializes in technical fields.

In the two hour lecture on creating effective presentation slides, Dr Doumont described how to design, construct and present slides to clearly communicate a scientific message. At turns funny and insightful, the presentation addressed common challenges in communicating scientific information in a presentation. Dr Doumont encouraged attendees not to be trapped by their powerpoint presentations, and reminded younger audience members that a presentation is a message, not just a set of slides.

BIG is thrilled at the positive response to this event and the way it brought together members of our entire scientific community, and we hope to make it an annual event. More information about Principiae can be found at This event was generously funded by WHOI APO, the WHOI Student Organization, Guy N. Evans, and the Houghton Fund.

Off the Charts

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January 6, 15, & 23, 2014 at 4:30pm, WHOI, Clark 507

Sponsored by the MIT Office of the Dean of Graduate Education, BIG and the WHOI Student Organization have teamed up for a new seminar series for graduate students at MIT and WHOI to learn about professional and personal topics in one lecture.

With this, we hope that students come to appreciate a diversity of life paths and feel empowered to forge their own. It will also provide a chance to foster new connections in a relaxed setting while emphasizing our common ground in earth sciences and oceanography. This will include a short talk on the presenter’s science background and topic of presenter’s choice, followed by informal Q&A. 

For more information or transportation options to Woods Hole, please email
Monday, January 6, 2014
Susan Avery
President & Director
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
David Knaack
Director of Office for Technology Transfer
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Alessandro Bocconcelli
Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A Versatile PhD: industry, education, policy, and consulting career paths after graduate school

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Nov. 19 from 6-8pm, Captain Kidd Restaurant

As graduate students, we are most exposed to the well-traveled career paths to academia, but what else can you do with a PhD in Oceanography, or any field for that matter?

On November 19, the MIT/WHOI Broader Impacts Group and COSEE will co-host a Science Café at the Captain Kidd titled “A Versatile PhD: industry, education, policy, and consulting career paths after graduate school”. There will be a brief panel discussion featuring four professionals with PhDs, followed by time to socialize and meet the panelists over appetizers and drinks. This event aims to provide an avenue of discussion of what career paths lay outside of academia and what they entail.

Our speakers:

Marilyn Decker
Boston Schoolyard Initiative
PhD Physics, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Keith Cialino
PhD Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston

Claire Pontbriand
AIR Worldwide
PhD Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry, MIT/WHOI Joint Program

Seth Sheldon
Energy Points Inc.
PhD Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston

Time: Nov. 19, 6-8pm 
Location: Captain Kidd Restaurant (77 Water St., Woods Hole, MA) 
Free appetizers and cash bar 

Contact: Alexis Fischer (, Karen Chan (, Hayley Schiebel (

Useful Tips for Science Communication from ComSciCon 2013

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June 13-15, 2013, MIT

Science communication is important and hard. Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo. Reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem eum fugiat quo voluptas nulla pariatur? Check out the attached document for some collected tips and best practices.

  1. Tips for Science Communication 
  2. Engaging non-scientific audiences 
  3. Science writing for a cause 
  4. Communicating science through fiction 
  5. Sharing science with scientists 
  6. Interacting with the media 
  7. The world of non-academic publishing 
  8. Communicating with multimedia & the web

BIG in SCIENCE Magazine article

August 02, 2013
The Broader Impacts Group and Sarah Rosengard were mentioned in Eli Kintisch's SCIENCE Magazine article "A Changing Climate of Communication".  

...Discussions during the conference's nightly beer-and-wine socials revealed that some students are struggling to balance the dual roles of research and communication. Sara Zhou Rosengard, a student in the joint Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute graduate program, tells Science Careers that she chose to study chemical oceanography "because I wanted to contribute to a field relevant to climate change." But during her first year in grad school, she was "concerned that my research was somewhat removed from the bigger picture." She and some fellow students started the Broader Impacts Group, a campus organization that provides workshops and training on public speaking, radio, blogging, and art.

A number of graduate students told Science Careers that they sometimes feel they should downplay their outreach efforts when discussing their work on campus. "I am lucky in that my advisors are supportive of my efforts because they know it's important to me," Rosengard says. "But that's not the case for every advisor-student relationship. One of the purposes of the Broader Impacts Group [is] provide opportunities for students to learn these skills outside of the graduate program we're in."...

View the full article here!

SPI/BIG Joint Panel on Science and Policy-Making

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(Photo credit Guy Evans)

August 1, 2013 from 11:00-2:30pm, WHOI, Clark 5th floor

On Thursday, August 1, 35 students from MIT and the MIT-WHOI Joint Program gathered for Common Goods: Policy-making amidst a sea of possibilities. Four panelists included Dr. Nicholas Ashford, MIT Professor of Technology and PolicyDr. David Cash, MA Commissioner of Public Utilities, Lynne Haledirector of The Nature Conservancy's Global Marine Initiative, and Dr. Porter Hoagland at WHOI's Marine Policy Center. These experts engaged in an in-depth discussion ranging from incentives for scientists to engage with policy makers, to scientific uncertainty, to strategies for engaging multiple stakeholders. Audience members contributed insightful questions to make a lively conversation. Following a lunch reception, panelists shared their career path experiences. 

This event was a collaboration with MIT's Science Policy Initiative, a student group promoting the use of science to inform policy decisions and engagement of scientists in the policy arena. BIG hopes to continue this fruitful collaboration in the future.

Communicating Science 2013 workshop

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June 13-15, 2013, MIT

BIG officers, Alice Alpert and Sarah Rosengard, recently attended Communicating Science 2013, a workshop organized by graduate students for graduate students with the shared passion for growing as science communicators. From Thursday June 13 to Saturday June 15, the workshop featured panelists from all walks of science communication: from education specialists to full-time journalists to those split down the middle between professional scientist and freelance writer. Insights gleaned from this 2.5 day affair include:

(1) how to craft a jargon-free one-minute introduction of your research
(2) how to consider science communication as a career while you are in graduate school
(3) how to think about audience while communicating science

Bowling for New Members

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June 13, 2013 from 6-9pm, Trade Center Bowl

The Broader Impacts Group joined forces with MIT/WHOI Joint Program representatives to sponsor a pizza and bowling night at Trade Center Bowl in Falmouth.  

The event had a great turnout of incoming and current graduate students, including the MIT Graduate Student Council President.  BIG representatives disseminated information about the nature of the group and how to get involved and managed to recruit several new members.

Communicate Ocean Science this weekend at World Oceans Day - New England Aquarium!

June 9, 2013 from 11-4pm, New England Aquarium

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Plankton booth at the Cambridge Science Festival

Communicate important science!
Do crafts, look through microscopes and cuddle giant microbes!

The Broader Impacts Group (BIG) will be doing demonstrations and activities at the New England Aquarium on World Oceans Day.

Our booth "Making the Invisible Visible: The Secret, Bizarre, and Amazing World of Plankton" is complete with giant microbe plush toys, microscope demonstrations, build-your-own-super-plankton craft activity and jaw-dropping plankton video footage.

It was a big hit at the 2013 Cambridge Science Festival (CSF), so we are excited to take it on a second run.  Check out a photo slideshow of the booth at the CSF here and this article in the MIT News here!

Why are plankton important?
The term plankton comes from the Greek word “Planktos” meaning wanderer or drifter.  Plankton are tiny plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton) that are incapable of swimming against major currents in the ocean.  Although plankton are so small that they go unnoticed to the naked eye, they are some of the most important and oldest marine creatures out there!  Plankton influence atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and our global climate – they provide roughly half of the oxygen that we breathe!  These tiny organisms have left behind their mark on our planet for millions of years, including beautiful geological deposits like the massive White Cliffs of Dover, as well as key natural resources in oil and gas reserves.  

Making the Invisible Visible: The Secret, Bizarre, and Amazing World of Plankton

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(Alexis Fischer)

The importance of adaptations
From the watery realm of plankton to grad students at the Cambridge Science Festival
By Alexis D. Fischer
April 23, 2013

“Did you know,” I said to the eight-year-old boy in a Red Sox cap, “that about 50 percent of the oxygen in our atmosphere comes from the ocean by way of the tiny, drifting marine animals and plants called phytoplankton? So for every second breath you take, thank the plankton!”

He greeted me with a blank stare.

I tried again. “Have you ever seen the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants?”

“Of course,” he said, seeming intrigued.

“Well, I’m sure you’ve heard of his arch nemesis, Plankton…”

Did either of these questions make you curious about plankton? Those were two of the most successful lures I used to attract young and old visitors to the booth “Making the Invisible Visible: The Secret, Bizarre, and Amazing World of Plankton” at the Cambridge Science Festival’s Science Carnival on Saturday, April 13.

As terrestrial beings, feeling a connection with microscopic creatures that live in the ocean is challenging, especially if you don’t study the ocean or live near one. My aim in running this booth was to bridge this gap by exposing the watery realm of plankton through a live microscope demonstration, awesome video footage, and a crafts activity to design your own Super Plankton refrigerator magnet. Just as many visitors went home with a new appreciation for plankton and perhaps a Super Plankton magnet in hand, I went home with some great experience at putting my communications skills to the test.

The other motivation for this festival booth was including science outreach in the activities of the Broader Impacts Group (BIG), a student-run organization based at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and MIT. Formed in Spring 2012, BIG has produced a variety of science communication workshops, but organizing and executing a booth at the Cambridge Science Festival was our debut in further refining these communication skills in a practical setting.

This event provided a great opportunity to apply some of the skills cultivated in BIG workshops in areas as diverse as public speaking, blogging, and radio broadcasting. These workshops have featured acclaimed communication professionals, including journalist and media producer Ari Daniel Shapiro, science writer John Bohannon, and communications professional Linda Pogue.

Seven graduate students from the MIT/WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Joint Program and MIT Microbiology helped with the festival booth. While we were all armed with an arsenal of scientific knowledge about plankton, most of us had no prior experience with public outreach. No one really knew what they were getting into, and all of a sudden, after the carnival kickoff at noon, our booth was inundated with hoards of kids and their families.

It quickly became clear what tactics worked, like referencing the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants for kids, and what did not. Was that a glimmer of understanding in someone’s eyes? Because the audience was so diverse in age, education, and culture, the message had to be tailored to make it relevant for each new visitor to the booth.

One particularly effective way to connect with kids was using the GIANTmicrobes® plush toys of Copepod, Krill, Algae, Sea Sparkle, and Red Tide to illustrate food chain interactions. These toys made plankton more approachable because they could be handled (and cuddled) and had human-like personalities. This made it easy to direct a kid to the microscope and say, “Here’s a real copepod and look how small it actually is!”

The Science Carnival left me exhausted yet tremendously fulfilled. The instant feedback I experienced of someone “getting” the concept I was trying to teach and then hopefully going home with a greater understanding of our oceans was so rewarding, yet absent in my day-to-day life as a researcher. Although I had lost a full Saturday from research (and then some from all the organizing), it felt as though I had gained something bigger. The day was also a “test-drive” of the science communications skills I had been honing through lab meetings, conferences, workshops, and even family gatherings. Kids provided the perfect practice audience because they were receptive, yet forced me to distill my message down to the basics and really think about why it was important.

Despite our limited backgrounds in public outreach, it seemed like the BIG team pulled it off — one woman even gave us her business card and invited us to participate in an environmental high school career fair. Hopefully, this will be BIG’s first step towards more education and outreach events.

Communications Happy Hour with Science Writer John Bohannon

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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 he's at (a freelance science journalist who writes for publications including Science Magazine and Discover Magazine), some great ideas emerged. For example: what about developing an online calculator that communities and individuals can use to estimate the costs of climate change damage on their community, based upon real climate change projections and economic data?

It might be a while before we, or anyone else for that matter, invent that tool. But the take away is clear: great ideas can come out of informal conversations among like-minded people with a passion for using science to inform better decision-making.

Ocean Stories: A Synergy of Art and Science

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March 3, 2013 from 1-3pm, Museum of Science

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 of art infused with a sense of exploration and discovery that is common to science and art alike.

Synergy is an experimental program that catalyzes partnerships between artists and research scientists. With an emphasis on communication and collaboration, Synergy aims to provide meaningful creative and intellectual experiences for both the general public and for participating artists and scientists. We carefully select and match artists and scientists to work together to formulate a shared voice. We then present the outcome of these collaborations as group exhibitions that invite the public to engage with this unique collision of art and science.

Synergy was conceived in early 2012 in affiliation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and is affiliated with the Broader Impacts Group.

Science in Ten-Hundred Words: The "Up-Goer 5" Challenge

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February 14, 2013 from 12-1pm, Clark Student Center, WHOI

We had a lot of fun with the Upgoer Five activity and wrote some great paragraphs. We struggled with certain concepts such as plankton and the biological pump, but also deconstructed our research to its essential components, for example: How to describe a coral without using the word coral? It’s a lot of small animals that live together on rocks and don’t move around, and they make the rocks they live on. We also found powerful metaphors, like the idea of a book to convey the idea of DNA, or referring to lights in a house as electricity. This exercise helped us start our communication from where our audience is coming from, rather than what is easiest for us.

Although in some instances the Upgoer Five constraints produce awkward and sometimes confusing wording such as in describing molecules, the exercise is not meant to be taken literally. Starting with these principles and working in words like coral or DNA can lead to effective explanations. One simple way to develop this further would be to pair scientists with school children, possibly at the WHOI Exhibit Center, and ask them to illustrate our research as described in these simple terms. We could compile the text and illustrations into a book.

Below are several entertaining samples from JP Students who attended.  Check out the website that inspired this activity and give it a try! 

Li Ling Hamady:
"I study animals that have big teeth and live and breathe in the largest bodies of water. By looking at the number of rings in their backs and the types of the small pieces of stuff the rings are made of, I can figure out their ages and where they go and what types of foods they eat. This is important to know because there are not that many of these animals left and we need to know these things to keep them safe from dying out."

Katie Pitz:
"I study tiny living things in the water that need light to grow. There are many types of these small things and some of them make stuff that can hurt people. I want to know why they make this stuff and if it changes because of how hot or cold they are or what food they have. I also want to know what makes them become greater in number. Inside of each of these tiny things is a book telling the thing what to do. I read this book and see how it's different between different kinds of tiny things. Then I can see why some of these living things make more stuff that hurts people than others."

Alexis Fischer:
"I study little red animals that live in large bodies of water. They are so small, you can't see them with your eyes! These animals eat the light from sun and tiny pieces of broken food they find in water. At different times of the year, a very small group of these animals become many in a very short time so the water turns red. The water can be red for only 1 month. But during most of the year, they lie at the bottom of these large bodies of water and do not move or eat. I am interested in why at different times of year these animals grow to a large number and then become a small number so quickly."

Sarah Rosengard:
"I follow hard little pieces of dead life as they move through a body of water, from top to bottom. I am interested in what happens to these pieces as they move. Some things cause them to move faster towards the bottom. Other things cause them to slow down or never make it to the bottom at all. People who study air and land and water think that if more pieces get to the bottom of these bodies of water, the air will get cooler through time. If fewer pieces get to the bottom, the air will get warmer. So if these bodies of water and the life in them are changing, the air that we live in will change too."

Alice Alpert:
"I study how the way water in the largest body of water moves can change when other things like wind and how hot or cold it is change too. These can change quickly in a year, or slowly in a hundred years. They can change on their own or they can change because of how humans are changing the air and the water. I am interested in if the water and the wind were different in the past, and how and why they might be changing now, either on their own or because of humans. The way I can figure this out is because small animals that live on big rocks under the water can feel these changes. The hard bodies of the dead animals show what the water was like when they were living. I can read the hard bodies like a book to see what the water was like in the past.This is important because if the way the water moves is changing, it can be a problem for the small animals that I study and for many people around the world."

Emily Tursack:
"I study how to put water into rocks by using a lot of force and by making the rocks really hot. When I finally get the water into the rocks, I then look at how the water changes the rocks. Once I understand the changes that happen, I try to look at rocks at the bottom of large bodies of water to see how much water is in those rocks. This is important because it helps our understanding of how the world changes under our feet."

Guy Evans
"The world has good drinking water and bad drinking water. Most water is bad drinking water, which comes together in one place. There is a lot of water, so it gets really deep when you put it all together. It's sort of like a great big cup made of rock. The top part of the water is warm and bright because of the sun, but as you go down, it gets darker and very, very cold. It's funny, because the top part of the rock is also very cold, but as you go down it gets very, very hot (like hell fire!).
I study what happens when the cold water goes into the hot rock, because what happens next is totally amazing! When the cold water goes down into the really hot rock, the water gets really, really hot too and comes up out of the rock. Except, now it looks black, almost as if it had been burned by the hell fire and were jumping back out as fast as it can! Sometimes it comes up so fast, it looks like the water is falling up out of the rock.
Anyway, the hot, black water goes back into the really cold water and makes really strange-looking rocks appear very quickly where you didn’t see them before. These strange-looking rocks are pretty to look at, but actually smell really bad if you take them out of the water and into the air. You might even say they smell like rocks from hell. Well, it might be hell for us, because we can't live there, but lots of animals actually call these places home. The hot, black water coming out of the rock gives the animals life, even without ever seeing the sun. These places are so amazing that it's hard to imagine just how animals live there, but it's important because we want to understand how things live in strange places and knowing this can even help us to live better too. So, I study these really strange, smell-like-hell rocks, because these rocks can tell us a lot about the place in which the animals live."


The Broader Impacts Group Kickoff at the MIT Museum

February 11, 2013, MIT Museum

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 departments, from earth science to science writing, and backgrounds, from students to museum curators. Our BIG officers- Sarah, Alice, Guy- and John Bohannon led an active discussion on the merits, challenges and methods of science communication, and on potential collaborations that might arise from a BIG's presence in Cambridge. Many ideas made their rounds around the room, including events with the MIT Museum and MIT's Public Service Center. Stay tuned for more to come...

Communications Workshop with Linda Pogue

January 29 & 31, 2013 from 5:00-7:00pm, WHOI

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(A. Fischer)

"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 setting goals for what actions the presenter would like the audience to take after the presentation, be that funding further research or joining a local citizen science effort. Those who wished gave a 5-minute presentation and received feedback on their organization, content, and delivery. These workshops empowered participants to give engaging and compelling presentations with a purpose. Participants found the sessions useful, noting that “it's rare to take part in such a short, to-the-point but useful workshop,” and they “will remember the key ideas better, thanks to Linda's well-crafted workshop.”

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

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13-18 January 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 process and as we communicate the current state of mercury science to delegates. 
Connect with them on Twitter at @alicealpert@Bea_Edwards@jvanderhoop, and #MITMercury

Blog Writing Workshop

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January 15, 2013, WHOI
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. 

Social Event with At Large Steinbach Scholar Andrew Dessler

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August 20, 2012, 5pm - Clark Student Center, Quissett Campus, WHOI
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 House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2000, was named a 2011 Google Science Communication Fellow, and is a co-author of the book The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate.

Please join the Broader Impacts Group for a social hour of light refreshments and insightful discussion on both his cutting edge research and his experience combining a career in academic science with a mission to communicate scientific findings to the public.

Radio Sound Bites Evening

July 12, 2012, 6-8pm - Clark 271, Quissett Campus, WHOI

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 do radio. They’ll also be showing us how to use their equipment and showing us some clips of their work, including interviews with JP students! They will be happy to guide anyone who would like to try their own hand at making a small radio piece. This workshop will be great opportunity to think about communication in a different way and even get some experience in a new medium. Everyone in the Woods Hole community is welcome so please spread the word. We are hoping to make this an informal potluck dinner so please bring something to share. However, beverages will be provided! So bring your ears and your imagination and we hope to see you on July 12 from 6-8pm in Clark, room 271 on the Quissett campus. Directions can be found at

Results from the Kick Off

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(Tom Kleindist)

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; graduate students; and several other key representatives of science outreach.

Last updated: May 16, 2014

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