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Organization - One of the Keys to Reaching Goals  
Jun 12, 2017 • Adrienne Wootten

You know, I can’t count the number of times I’ve ended up in the position in this cartoon.  In the case of graduate school, this can be both detrimental and helpful.  Helpful, because when you are in classes it can mean that your homework and class projects get done on time.  Detrimental, because that... more

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Organization - One of the Keys to Reaching Goals  
Jun 12, 2017 • Adrienne Wootten

You know, I can’t count the number of times I’ve ended up in the position in this cartoon.  In the case of graduate school, this can be both detrimental and helpful.  Helpful, because when you are in classes it can mean that your homework and class projects get done on time.  Detrimental, because that little thing called your thesis can end up getting pushed off because it’s at the bottom of... more

ECCF SURVEY  
May 31, 2017 • Meaghan Guckian

The Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF) wants to hear from you! We are interested in hearing your thoughts about the ECCF and the various ECCF platforms you interact with, so we can provide our community with an even better experience and access to climate-related resources and insights. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. We value feedback from our community and want to... more

Lessons from an early-career social scientist  
May 15, 2017 • Tyler Beeton

My interest in understanding the biological, cultural, and historical context of the human experience started at a very young age, and continues to this day. I am an environmental anthropologist, and currently an NC CSC fellow and PhD student in Ecology at Colorado State University. My training has been broad, and has allowed me to work in very different systems. I started down my career path... more

Confessions of a Conservative Climatologist  
May 1, 2017 • Adrienne Wootten

Looking back over the last ~10 years, it’s been a joy to be a scientist. I get to explore questions of interest to me and help climate science be useable.  Scientific communities are critical to society, so it’s important that they be trusted. It’s an interesting time to be involved in the study of climate, particularly from my perspective. I happen to be something most might think a... more

Analyzing and Communicating Extreme Climate Risk  
Apr 17, 2017 • Clay Tucker

High water road closure. Photo: C. Tucker

Public opinion and scientific consensus are not always on the same page. For example, the theory of heliocentrism (the Earth revolving around the Sun) was first proposed by Greek theorists 2,500 years ago and later confirmed by Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton in the... more

SciComm: No One Expects the Game of Twenty Questions!  
Apr 3, 2017 • Caitlin Rottler

Photo: Cait Rottler

 

Hi, I’m Cait Rottler, scientist and asker-of-(too)-many-questions. I like to know as much as I can about as many things as I can, because the more you know, the less likely you’ll get stuck in a position where you know nothing. Right now, my official title is a Research Ecologist working as the Southern... more

Out of the Lab and Into the Light, Why Scientists are Marching  
Mar 20, 2017 • Gil Ouellette

Photo credit: Bryan Francis (March for Science)

“Science” is a word that means many things to many people. If you were to ask a practicing scientist how they define science, you might receive one of myriad responses. How each of us conceptualizes science may be unique, but most scientists recognize a shared set of methods and a core of objectives, analytical, and empirical values that unify our diverse fields.

To many outside the... more

Climate and Communication: Takeaways from the Alan Alda Communication Center Workshop  
Mar 6, 2017 • Nigel Golden

Photo credit: http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Khan_Noonien_Singh

Many of us have taken up the noble cause of communicating our science to nonscientists. Casting ourselves as the heroes, it’s important to remember, however, that even the best of intentions sometimes have a way of resulting in unintended consequences. In the original Star Trek, a young Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise rescues a ship full of super-humans in suspended animation with their... more

Setting Reasonable Goals For Yourself and Meeting Them  
Feb 21, 2017 • Winslow Hansen

I like a good goal. I like checking off the old box when something has been completed. Learning how to set goals can help us strive to get to the next level, increase our proficiency, get a paper submitted for publication, learn new statistical approaches. But goals can also be our downfall. Let me explain. I knew a student who was just raring to move on from where they were. They were getting... more

The existential crisis of being a graduate student  
Feb 6, 2017 • Lindsey Parkinson

When you don't know what you are doing with your life, or need a new perspective, get outside. An extracurricular or two are key to maintaining equilibrium. Photo credit: Tom Vrba; Fairbanks, AK

So, we’re in graduate school, ready to throw ourselves into a new chapter of life as “early career scientists.” Now what? We’re in a new world with endless possibilities and unknown limits - where do we even begin?

My first year in Fairbanks, AK I worked as a technician at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and spent much of the first few weeks of the academic year pestering any... more