Monday’s “Social Media for Scientists” event, a part of the “Beyond the Ivory Tower” series (check out their news coverage here!), engendered great discussions about how and why scientists may engage in social media to communicate their research. University of Hawaii’s Christie Wilcox presented her experience as a scientist engaging with social media, focusing on “why every lab should tweet”. Following, COMPASS/SAFS Adjunct Instructor Liz Neeley shared her expertise about why scientists should care about social media in general. As part of this event, a wiki was created to continue the conversation, and now we’re gathering links of CoEnv blogs so that people interested in the science of the College and surrounding communities, and how its being communicated, have a place to go to find out!
Each year, students from across Washington come together for a day of exciting competition and enrichment experiences at Orca Bowl, the regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl®. Hosted by Washington Sea Grant, this year the Orca Bowl is on March 3rd, from 8am to 5pm, on UW campus! Although team registration is now closed, you can sign up to be a volunteer or a sponsor. Volunteers get to help with logistics of the day’s events, or even serve as competition officials. Check it out here!
Through research, education and outreach, NOAA Sea Grant addresses bycatch from the Gulf of Maine to the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of Alaska. Check out what different programs are doing around the country, in this article written by WSG’s Dan Williams.
This great blog, a joint effort of SAFS’ Steven Roberts and Carolyn Friedman, features active research being done on ocean acidification within the College’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. A recent post features the Washington Sea Grant’s autumn newsletter (pdf). Among the many insightful articles is one highlighting how students at Seattle’s Garfield High School got to learn about ocean acidification. This outreach was developed by SAFS undergraduate Sammi Brombacker, and Biology grad student Siri Nelson. The newsletter and the blog are both rich resources!
WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers, Washington Sea Grant, and others are hosting Sound Living – A One Day Communiversity on Nov. 5 at Everett Community College. WSG Director Penny Dalton will give the keynote address. Read more here.
Inspired by the South Sound Science Symposium and Island County’s Sound Waters, Kitsap Beach Watchers volunteers and staff are bringing the first of such events to the residents, scientist, managers and policy makers on the West Sound (Kitsap Peninsula, though all are welcome from far and wide) – Water Courses: Connecting West Sound. With over 36 speakers, Water Courses is the largest all ages water education event held on the Kitsap Peninsula.
EAT A BUG: Fancy a four-course meal featuring grasshopper kabobs, a cricket-and-pasta salad, bug juice and other exotic treats? Then head over to Café Racer on Sept. 7, where David Gordon, Washington Sea Grant’s science writer, will be hosting a Bug Banquet.