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

“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,... more

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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

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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

Crafting stories at the 2016 Northwest Climate Boot Camp  
Jan 23, 2017 • Meaghan Guckian

2016 Northwest Climate Boot Camp fellows and educators. Photo: Arwen Bird

I was a bit taken aback on our third day of training at the 6th annual Northwest Climate Boot Camp (NW CBC), which was held at the University of Idaho’s (UI) McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) in McCall, Idaho.  During our interactive lesson on... more

We have these climate projections - now how do we use them?  
Jan 8, 2017 • Ryan Boyles

Photo: http://climate.ncsu.edu/voyager/

On getting climate model projections in the hand of managers. 

In the past several decades, climate scientists have developed robust models that simulate past climate conditions and provide meaningful projections for the future. In the past several years, researchers have developed downscaled climate projections that provide the kind of local guidance resource managers have... more

The Inside Story: Highlights and perspectives from the first ever National CSC Early Career Training  
Dec 11, 2016 • Toni Klemm

On November 2nd and 3rd, the first ever National CSC Early Career Training was held at UMass Amherst. Over 2-days, students from across the U.S. heard about peer reserach ranging from butterflies in North Carolina, paleoclimatology along the Gulf Coast, to how wild berries are impacted by fire regimes in Alaska, along with so much more. In case you missed it, Andrew Battles wrote... more

Climate Science in the Trump Years  
Dec 5, 2016 • Ethan Coffel

Most early career climate scientists, myself included, entered the field during the years of the Obama Administration. Climate science was officially respected and encouraged, and we saw the U.S. take a leading role in negotiating the Paris Accord and back up its talk by... more

Keeping Your Sanity Pre-Defense  
Nov 21, 2016 • Adrienne Wootten

Photo taken Fall 2014, courtesy of the NC State University Crafts Center. Chess set, board, and box in the photo designed and built by Adrienne Wootten.

The past three months have been the most hectic for me in quite awhile.  In August, I started on the final stages of my dissertation, putting everything together to finish my Ph.D.  All of it culminated right at the end of October with my defense.  Thankfully for me everything came together, and I passed!!  Yes, I was nervous and stressed out (and occasionally frustrated) in the weeks prior to... more

In case you blinked, here’s a review of the 2-day, action-packed, breakneck-paced, 1st ever National CSC Student and Early Career Training  
Nov 8, 2016 • Andrew Battles

Group photo outside the conference center. Photo: Toni Klemm

Last week, I attended the National CSC Student and Early Career Training held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and left feeling inspired, empowered, and with many new friends. From November 2-3rd, students, postdocs, and professionals from the Department of the Interior’s National Climate Science Centers came together to share research, learn from one another, and improve our skills... more