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Marcia McNutt, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey

I just returned from the 2010 AAAS meeting in San Diego.  Since I am really interested in science writing and communication, I attended most of the sessions along those lines.  While I took away many awesome tips and saw many fantastic presentations, I was still shocked at how bad some people were at communicating.  At a conference where communication and engaging the public was a key topic, it was a shame. Read the rest of this entry »


Glacier Bay, Alaska

The big news story this week, dubbed “Climategate” , involves the release of hacked emails from Phil Jones, the head of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, and a professor at Pennsylvania State University.  What’s most notable about the reporting is the lack of reporting on certain major US news networks.  I commend CNN for their relatively unbiased reporting on this on their website, however other networks – ABC, CBS, and NBC – chose to bury the story by not even reporting on it.  I was going to commend Fox News for the initial story on the scandal, but the latest story they ran turned it into a political attack on Obama.

Unfortunately, ignoring the story has just fueled the rumors that climate change is a big conspiracy.  Read the rest of this entry »

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