Frontier Scientists

Photo by Astronaut Jeff Williams, NASA Earth Observatory

The Frontier Scientists blog is for travelers, teachers, students, aspiring scientists, and anyone interested in scientific discovery in the Alaskan arctic.

Come here for videos, photos and summaries that put you in the front row for breaking scientific news in the Far North. Research by our team of Alaska-based scientists includes 10,000-year-old archeological finds, photos of active Cook Inlet volcanoes taken from the space station, climate change, Denali Park’s grizzlies, the nexus of Russian and native artistic traditions, and more.

Come along as scientists themselves are startled by the unexpected in field locations so remote researchers are often the first modern visitors to set foot in them.

Contact Liz O’Connell at liz@frontierscientists.com

Predicting the effect of anomalous sea ice loss and increasing sea surface temperatures on global storm systems - 4/15/2014 8:48 pm

The ground changing under our feet – Thermokarsts - 4/8/2014 2:24 pm

Snowy Owl Irruption - 4/2/2014 7:40 am

Tram Powered International Tundra Experiment - 3/25/2014 5:40 pm

Modeling shifting oceanscapes; a collective pursuit - 3/18/2014 6:29 pm

Iditarod sled dogs’ fat burning capabilities - 3/12/2014 11:04 pm

68 million ton landslide in Alaska: Mount La Perouse - 3/5/2014 7:34 pm

Feeling the heat? 2013 fourth warmest year on record - 2/27/2014 4:23 pm

Video submission invitation — Science Storytelling Workshop

Science Storytelling Workshop: Video-making Tips and Tools

Sun., 8 Dec., 3:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis - Salon 4

Video is the new tool for scientists needing to document research, explain a thesis, communicate scientific findings to the public, or just tell an interesting science story. This science storytelling workshop provides tips and tools from technology companies including Google Earth and GoPro Camera, professional video makers, and scientists with a passion for communicating science using video. The art of good science storytelling will be emphasized. The workshop will encourage interaction with presenters and provide a hands-on opportunity to experience the latest video tools and techniques used by both professional and amateur videographer scientists.

YOU ARE INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT A SHORT TWO-TO-FIVE MINUTE SCIENCE VIDEO FOR THE PANEL TO REVIEW AND PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL FEEDBACK DURING THE STORYTELLING WORKSHOP. Guidelines for submission of a science video for workshop review are listed at bottom of the page.

Workshop Presenters Include:

GoPro: Emerging technologies in pop-culture offer the scientific community tools to capture and share multi-media from the field. The GoPro video camera has proven itself as an affordable, durable and functional product for scientific exploration and study. Kris Jamieson, the Global Education Manager at GoPro, will share a series of scientific videos/photos, produced by professional and amateur scientists, using the GoPro Hero3 systems. He will demonstrate the simple techniques used to capture some of the most amazing video the world has ever seen.

Google Earth: Google Earth provides tools to enhance storytelling by placing your narrative in its geographic context and enabling you to easily create compelling data visualizations and fly-throughs over its rich satellite imagery. Christiaan Adams, Engineer and Developer Advocate with the Google Earth Outreach team, will highlight some of these tools and techniques for putting "geo" in geoscience, and ways to move your visualizations to video.

San Francisco Bay Area Editor/Producer: Andres Alegria began his career as a producer of news, documentary and cultural radio programming. He produced and hosted public radio programming for 10 years. He is a television editor and producer for over 30 years with credits that include national and local news, documentaries and nationally-syndicated programs for the major networks. In addition to producing independent videos, he is currently Vice President for Hoff Productions, one of premier producers of factual television programming in the U.S.

Scientist/Videographer: Dr. Ryan W. Vachon, Climate Scientist and videographer, University of Colorado. Vachon will dig in to how people with limited experience and budgets can approach video production. He will discuss important considerations of science storytelling such as where time is best spent and what does and does not work when you’re filming, and also share his experiences of turning ideas into videos.

GUIDELINES for SUBMISSIONS to SCIENCE STORYTELLING WORKSHOP:

Submit your films by Midnight (PST) on Fri., Nov. 1, 2013!

--Entries must be viewable (for reviewing by panel) and downloadable from YouTube or Vimeo

--All formats on HD (720 p or higher) are welcome

--2-5 minute maximum film length

--Films should be in English (spoken or subtitled)

  1. Email the Review Committee (Douglas.Harned [@] gmail.com) a web link for the filmthat allows download of the HD file (allow this option in your preferences on YouTube or Vimeo).
  2. Or mail a DVD with an HD .mp4 or .mov file to:
    Douglas Harned
    North Carolina Water Science Center
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
    27607

Questions? Please contact Douglas Harned
(Douglas.Harned [@] gmail.com) 919 571-4024

 

Liz O'Connell for Frontier Scientists: presenting scientific discovery in the Arctic and beyond

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