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Congress can be a confusing place. This brief guide will help you become better informed and more active. Credit: wikicommons.

Keeping Up the Fight: Tips for Science Policy Engagement

Concerned for the future of science? I’ve highlighted a few things you can do to stay engaged in 15 minutes a day.

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The Emergence of Science Twitter: 140 characters of facts and…fun?

It’s hard to argue that recent changes in the political landscape have brought science and scientists down from the Ivory Tower and out of the shadows. As a growing method of science communication, many scientists have taken to Twitter to promote their work, connect and engage with a broader audience, and to have a little fun. Science Twitter has been on fire lately, read on to find out the utility of science Twitter and some of the fun hashtag “games” started by scientists around the world.

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Apply for ComSciCon17 Now!

Applications are open for the Communicating Science 2017 (ComSciCon17) workshop, to be held in Cambridge, MA on June 8-10, 2017! The deadline for applying is March 1st.

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Diversity within Marine Science: We Can Do Better (Guest Post by Danielle Perry)

The lack of diversity within STEM, particularly marine science, is an apparent issue within the scientific community. What is discouraging minorities from pursuing these types of careers? I interviewed minority marine scientists at URI to shed light on what’s causing diversity deficiency within marine science. STEM diversity initiatives are instituted at many universities, but we can do more to encourage diversity as individual scientists. Diverse perspectives within science will only enhance scientific knowledge.

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A scientist’s guide to addressing fake science

Do scientists have a responsibility to address fake science? If so, what should their role be?

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Citizen Science in the New Year!

Tired of only reading articles about science and wishing you could get out there any join those research teams instead? Well, you don’t need a degree to help out—you can get involved in any number of citizen science initiatives! So, if you feel like chipping in and helping scientists gather data, click here to find out more!

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Polarized: What makes the North Pole the ideal location for Santa and his crew?

Location, location, location. He may not need to be in the best school district, or have an easy commute to work, but Santa still decided to live at the North Pole over the South. While it may seem that both locations are cold, barren, and isolated, there are some fundamental differences that may have affected his decision. Read on to learn some of those differences and wow your friends with science at your holiday party this year!

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The Polar Linkage Express: complicated interactions between the Arctic and mid-latitudes

Climb aboard the Polar Linkage Express to learn about the main challenges facing scientists as they try to decipher just what is going on with winter weather these days! Is it really linked to the state of the Arctic?

Fig 5: Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico from Bunche Beach, Fort Myers, FL. Source: Rebecca Flynn. Please do not use this photo without permission of the author.

Giving Thanks for the Ocean: The gratitude of the writers

Today is the day after Thanksgiving, but I think the spirit of gratitude should live on. Many of the other writers wanted to share their gratitude for the ocean. Some waxed poetic, some pragmatic, but all spoke from a personal place. Yet the gratitude we feel for the ocean unifies all of us—not just the writers here at oceanbites but also the larger us, aka humans.

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The sappiest oceanbites article you may ever read: one author’s ponderings about gratitude for the oceans

When I first saw the email stating that the oceanbites theme week would revolve around why we are thankful for the oceans, my mind flew back to my grade school celebration of the first Thanksgiving. We dressed up as Pilgrims and Native Americans, ate traditional dishes from the first Thanksgiving, and lined up to state […]

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The ocean is my cake

Or, to be more thematically appropriate, pie. Pumpkin pie. Because, if we’re being honest, pumpkin pie is the superior Thanksgiving pie. [Editor’s note: This is merely the author’s opinion. Clearly, chocolate pudding pie is the superior Thanksgiving pie]

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7 Reasons to Give Thanks For Our Ocean

This Thanksgiving, let’s give pause and reflect on reasons to be thankful for the ocean!

Tools for exploration: The E/V Nautilus (top) and the two ROVs, Hercules (bottom left, in water collecting a sample), and Argus (bottom right, getting lowered into water before a dive).

Ocean Exploration aboard the E/V Nautilus

I am fresh off a month-long stay aboard the Corps of Exploration vessel the E/V Nautilus. Read more to learn about the incredible exploration and research conducted aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus

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Highlights from the International Marine Conservation Congress, Newfoundland, Canada

At the International Marine Conservation Congress this year, I got a first-timer’s look into the world of marine conservation research and in-depth discussions about the future of conservation.

The 2016 SURFO cohort:

Standing from left to right: Christopher Vatral (Eastern Nazarene), Matthew Gentry (UMass Amherst), Jennifer Warmack (Humboldt State), Austin Grubb (Susquehanna), Nicole Flecchia (URI), Ariel Pezner (UCLA), Alexandra Norwood (Arizona State), Scott Goldberg (Northwestern).

Seated from left to right: Jakob Gessay (Coastal Carolina), Annelise Hill (Reed), Elizabeth Wright-Fairbanks (Middlebbury), Adena Schonfeld (Miami), and Whitney Schultz (Colorado School of Mines)

Notes from the Undergrads 2016: Part II

This summer, undergraduate students from all over the United States have come to the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography to conduct oceanography research as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Oceanography (SURFO) program. Learn more about what they’ve been up to in Part II of this two-day series of short […]

The 2016 SURFO cohort:

Standing from left to right: Christopher Vatral (Eastern Nazarene), Matthew Gentry (UMass Amherst), Jennifer Warmack (Humboldt State), Austin Grubb (Susquehanna), Nicole Flecchia (URI), Ariel Pezner (UCLA), Alexandra Norwood (Arizona State), Scott Goldberg (Northwestern).

Seated from left to right: Jakob Gessay (Coastal Carolina), Annelise Hill (Reed), Elizabeth Wright-Fairbanks (Middlebbury), Adena Schonfeld (Miami), and Whitney Schultz (Colorado School of Mines)

Notes from the Undergrads 2016: Part I

This summer, undergraduate students from all over the United States have come to the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography to conduct oceanography research as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Oceanography (SURFO) program. Learn more about what they’ve been up to in this two-day series of short blog posts they’ve written for oceanbites!

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Inside Oceanbites: Why Do Scientists Blog?

On this International Webloggers’ Day, we decided to turn our focus to the scientist-writers who make Oceanbites possible. Since I created Oceanbites.org in September 2013, I have been so impressed by the enthusiasm of graduate students all over the world who have contributed to the site. Below, I interview a handful of them about their thoughts […]

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July Theme Week Survey

We’d love to know what you want to read about for a whole week during the month of July! Take our one question survey to share your opinion! Thank you!

Dr. Jerry Miller (far right) with (R to L) Ms. Shere Abbott, and Dr. John Holdren of OSTP, President Barack Obama, Ms. Nancy Sutley, Mr. Michael Boots, and Mr. Michael Weiss of CEQ as President Obama signs Executive Order 13547 establishing the National Ocean Policy. Credit: Science for Decisions.

National Ocean Policy: a look inside Congress

Ever wondered what your government does for the oceans? Here’s a brief glimpse.

Since 2013, ComSciCon has helped over 300 graduate students improve their science communication skills through workshops across the country. ComSciCon 2016 will be the 4th annual National Workshop, hosted in Cambridge, MA, from June 9-11.

Calling STEM Grad Students: Apply for ComSciCon 2016!

Applications are now open for the Communicating Science 2016 workshop, to be held in Cambridge, MA on June 9-11, 2016. Graduate students at US institutions in all fields relating to science and engineering, are encouraged to apply.

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