Announcing the winners of Facebook’s request for proposals on misinformation and polarization
In the link above, Facebook announced that our proposal to train ‘digital health workers’ to combat misinformation about ticks and tick-borne disease on Facebook was one of 25 recently funded awards in the area of misinformation and polarization.
The project is the brainchild of graduate student Kaitlin McDonald, collaborator Emily D’iorio, and undergraduate Haley Warzecha ’22. We’ll also collaborate with former graduate student Andy Vacca, rhetoric professor Josh Compton, and social scientists.
Emily D’iorio & Kaitlin McDonald, project masterminds
Haley Warzecha ’22
Stay tuned for details as we adapt the project to the time of COVID!
Ellen’s been working and studying bird conservation in New Zealand since early winter 2015. She currently serves as Lead Ranger in the Zealandia reserve in Wellington, New Zealand. Learn more about her current work during COVID-19 here or watch the 30-sec audio+video clip of one of her birds.
Ellen Irwin on a quad bike in Zealandia, Wellington, New Zealand (photo by Lynn Freeman)
So, this happened last week, and I am still a bit in shock. Thanks to all of my collaborators, students, and co-authors for their help in making it possible!
This may be old news at this point, but I’m still excited about it and can’t wait to get started!
ESA Welcomes Kathryn Cottingham as Editor in Chief of Ecology
Check out the amazingly articulate Alex as she walks through the Life Sciences Center answering questions for the admissions office!
Aldo Arellano ’17, who started with us as a research assistant with alum Sam Fey in 2015 and is now working on an Honors thesis, is featured in the Dartmouth news this week.
Check it out!
I was lucky enough to be interviewed a few weeks ago for Elizabeth Dunbar’s Minnesota Public Radio on cyanobacteria (aka blue-green algae) and their role in dog deaths. My audio was cut out of the broadcast version, but the text is available or you can listen to the extended version online. Nothing particularly profound, but it’s cool to know that our work on cyanobacteria as modifiers of lake nutrient cycling is of interest beyond the narrow realm of ecology.
I had a really hard time figuring out how to choose a category and a theme for my ESA abstract this year, and so went through and screen-captured all of the menus so I could be strategic about my choices:
Master List of ESA Meeting categories & themes
May it help some others, as well!
Grad student Jessica Trout-Haney’s poster at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in December got picked up by Emily Benson in a story published online at Eos. Links to the piece then spread rapidly via Twitter just before the holiday break.
The piece has an interest-grabbing lede: “Giant Balls of Bacteria Pile Up on Arctic Lake Beds, Ooze Toxin” and used one of Jess’s underwater photos to further whet interest – nice examples of science journalism!
Credit to Jess Trout-Haney
Those giant balls are a colonial cyanobacterium called Nostoc, and are called “sea tomatoes” by the locals in Greenland, where Jess works during the northern hemisphere summer. Her dissertation will include chapters about Nostoc physiology and production of toxins, especially microcystins, as well as its landscape limnology across a gradient from the fjord to the ice sheet near Kangerlussuaq.
Stay tuned for more as Jess goes into the home stretch on her thesis…. For now, though, she’s in Antarctica – follow her on Twitter @JVTHaney to see what she’s up to down there!