Getting People Excited about Exploring the Ocean Floor, with Dr. Dawn Wright – Ep #3

Were you aware that we know very little about the ocean floor? It’s true! In fact, scientists have mapped more of the surface of the moon than the ocean floor! Part of the reason is, in many ways, its easier to observe the moon’s surface than the ocean floor. Here to help get people excited about science and oceanography, in particular, is Dr. Dawn Wright.

Dr. Wright is a leading authority in the application of geographic information system (GIS) technology to the field of ocean science. She has played a key role in creating the first GIS data model for the oceans.


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Can Scientific Facts Change Minds? Dr. Bruce Lewenstein – Ep #2

When was the last time you changed your opinion about something significant based on scientific facts? If you are anything like the average American, chances are you can’t think of one! Does that mean scientific research and it’s dissemination into the public square is unnecessary? Here to address this important question is Dr. Bruce Lewenstein.

Dr. Lewenstein is Professor of Science Communication and chair of the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Trained as a historian of science, he works across the field of public communication of science and technology, including informal science education,


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Exploring the Intersection of Politics and Science, with Dr. Yvette Seger – Ep #1

One of the most relevant and controversial topics in our society today is the intersection of politics and science. Many are quick to assume that this topic is geared exclusively toward environmental concerns, but the truth is, the intersection of two important fields is much larger than that. Here to shed some light on this complex and timely topic is Dr. Yvette Seger.

Early on in higher education, Dr. Seger was drawn to policy and politics, but also to horses, so she converged her passions by double majoring in Zoology and Politics at Ohio Wesleyan. Dr.


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When Science Speaks – Mark’s New Podcast

When Science Speaks is a new web series profiling innovative and interesting people working in science and technical fields - from academia, to industry, to the non-profit world.

Mark and his guests will explore:

  • How to be a powerhouse advocate for science and your research
  • How to advance your career in meaningful ways that make you happy
  • How to push back on the ongoing assault on science, and
  • Other related issues of interest happening in the world of science

You are invited to listen and to subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app or podcast player.


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How to Advocate for the Environment in a Hostile Political Climate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with hundreds of thousands of activists. Joining a cause larger than yourself. Marching, demonstrating, protesting. These can all be memorable, exhilarating experiences. And they can help advance the policy issues you care about.

Still, advocates for particular public policies are faced with a challenge: How to harness this "protest power" once the slogans and signs fade? How to move from marching to implementing meaningful legislative or regulatory change? 


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Desperately Seeking Your Senators? What to Do When You Can’t Get Through

Americans across the country are reacting to sweeping new federal policies on health care, immigration, the environment and other issues. Those who want to share their views directly with their own elected representatives are frequently faced with a special challenge:

They can't find them.

In the past, town halls held on weekends or congressional recesses gave constituents the chance to talk with the Member of Congress representing their community. But according to a recent LegiStorm analysis, since the election of Donald Trump, the number of face-to-face town halls announced by Republican members of the House and Senate has plummeted.


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New Advocacy Insights to Boost Your Persuasion Power

Last week sizzled with new political developments.

President Trump delivered his first speech to a joint session of Congress. Attorney General Sessions recused himself from investigations into Russian manipulation of aspects of last year's presidential election. And President Trump alleged that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower.

This week already is expected to be action-packed: The Trump administration will announce a revised immigrant entry ban today, and the process of repealing Obamacare will begin when the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee and Ways and Means Committee start consideration of repeal legislation.


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How Mick Jagger Can Make You a Better Advocate

Whether you’re pushing forward a priority issue or trying to prevent your favored policy from being rolled back, a high-performing coalition can supercharge your persuasive powers. A diverse team can be a “force multiplier” that infuses more energy, creativity and contacts into your campaign, driving progress towards your advocacy goals more rapidly than possible on your own.

Sounds like a no-brainer: find likeminded individuals or groups, invite them to join your effort and let the advocacy begin!

If only it were that easy.

Although there are many benefits of a team approach to advocacy,


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Want to influence a Member of Congress? There’s a Checklist for That

Rapid-fire policy changes from the Trump White House and Congress are triggering intense efforts to advocate for priorities affected by regulatory and legislative actions.

How should you start your advocacy efforts? What questions do you need to answer before you're off and running?

Trying to influence complicated policy-making processes can seem daunting. But it doesn't have to be.

I put together a a one-page checklist to help you focus on the hot-button "persuasion pressure points" that are the most important factors Members of Congress use in considering whether to support your position (or even meet with you).


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How to Fix 3 Common Communication Mistakes Undermining Your Message

Will you accept my apology?”

Expressing regret, explaining the circumstances, offering possible solutions - each attempt at forgiveness only triggered the next round of irritation and new tries to soothe hard feelings.

This was a classic example of a conversation “going around and around in circles.”

Nothing seemed to work. How to break the cycle?

Then a sudden switch of gears.

A simple “I’m sorry” - offered in the listener’s own native language.

Immediately, the objections stopped. The anger disappeared. 


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