#AGU14 Wednesday

Sometimes the days feel like weeks at the AGU Fall Meeting, but we have all made it through hump day!

This morning, Kimmie Bowen (Dr. G‘s student) and I wandered around the Education section of the poster hall and talked to a whole row of undergrad researchers/scientists doing some pretty amazing things under their research advisors and grants from organizations like NASA!

After the poster presentation, I networked with a couple AGU staffers – Ali Branscombe and Kara (Smedley) Rodean, who are in charge of student programs at AGU. I have been e-mailing with them for a few months prior to the meeting, and Kara since last year, so I was happy to spend some time with them outside the screen!

Kimmie and I went around the Exhibit Hall again, and stopped by the AGU Marketplace to see Dr. G (Laura Guertin) at her “Ask the Expert” couch-side chat where she helped explain social media to the scientists who stopped by! She said most of them needed help with Twitter.

The keynote speaker today was Dr. Kathryn Sullivan – 1st American woman in space – and currently the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (since March 2014) and NOAA Administrator (since Feb. 2013). Check out my tweets below for tid-bits from the lecture:

She knows that NOAA is doing a good job, but wants to do better. Throughout the talk, she continually referenced building resilient communities through more reports from NOAA. Sullivan ended her lecture with hope that scientists can work together to figure everything out, with more access to information and better weather/climate monitoring.

My last event was the Social Media Forum hosted by AGU and the National Association of Science Writers. The panel was full of superstar social media gurus: Andrew Freedman, senior climate reporter for MashableSarah Horst, earth and planetary scientist at Johns HopkinsLaura Helmuth, science editor at Slate, Scott Horvath, web and social media chief for USGS, and Allen Pope of the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The supergroup answered questions from the audience and had general conversations about best practices for social media.

Here are some tweets from the event. Nicky Ouellet is another grad student in my program who is attending AGU as press!

I also finally got to meet some of my fellow student volunteer live-tweeters!

I’ll leave you with my most popular tweet of the day. Follow me on Twitter for more!

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