2011-03-09 12:31:49Skeptical Science nominated for George Mason University's Climate Change Communicator of the Year
John Cook

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I don't know whether this is officially live yet but it appeared in my Google alert email - SkS has been nominated for the GMU's Climate Change Communicator of the Year award - which is quite prestigious:

http://www.climatechangecommunication.org/award.cfm

We are delighted to announce twelve outstanding nominees – six each in the individual and organizational categories – for Climate Change Communicator of the Year 2011. Now we ask that you exercise your democratic right to vote by helping select the climate change communicators of the year. The polls close at midnight, April 15th.

As I'm not sure how "live" this is yet, I'm not going to mention it on SkS until I know for sure. We're in the organization category which means it's all of us here on the forum who are nominated - kudos and congrats all! :-) Here are who we're going up against - some pretty stiff competition, especially the Union of Concerned Scientists which are a wonderful, effective and proactive organisation:

Organizational Nominees:

1. Alliance for Climate Education

2. Climate Change Media Partnership

3. Sea Grant Climate Network

4. Skeptical Science.com

5. The Earth Journalism Network

6. Union of Concerned Scientists

And here's the actual nomination by Bud Ward:

I nominate SkepticalScience.com (http://skepticalscience.com) Queensland, Australia, as the George Mason University “4C” 2011 Climate Change Communicator of the Year, in the organizational category. 

Founded by John Cook of Queensland in 2007, this extraordinary online resource is operated as an independent and authoritative check and balance on climate science fact and fiction. Web site tracking data indicate that the site has literally “taken off” among serious scientists, policy makers, and other students and followers of climate science. Now available in 20 different languages and attracting more than 500,000 visitors each month, skepticalscience.com is regularly sited at professional science meetings as among the most reliable and comprehensive in the climate science field. Skepticalscience.com, for instance, was regularly cited as one of the most useful during formal scientific presentations at the December 2010 meeting of the American Geophysical Union, which attracted more than 19,000 registrants.           

Working from his home office with his wife while still maintaining a full-time “day job” as a web\data base consultant, Mr. Cook, founder and editor of the site, has managed to attract key volunteer and expert scientific participation form some of Australia’s, the U.S.’s, and the world’s most well regarded climate scientists and climate science communicators. This participatory “citizen” journalism approach – with Mr. Cook retaining responsibility for scientific rigor – has enabled the skepticalscience.com to significantly increase both the number of originally researched and written postings in each year since it started and the number of individuals looking to the site each day for credible information in this often daunting field. That the site has managed to do so with virtually no external financial support beyond occasional contributions via PayPal testifies to the extraordinary level of energy and commitment the site and its editor bring to this effort. Just as importantly, the site routinely demonstrates through its authoritative postings the high level of volunteer personal commitment from others on behalf of the site. (In a very real sense, prize recognition of skepticalscience.com is recognition also of the much larger field of responsible climate science communicators.)           

The site’s approach illustrates applications of “new media” and new communications tools in informing the public about complex issues: IPhone, ITouch, IPad “app” and Android counterparts bring informed and timely multi-media climate science information to one’s handheld. Especially notable are the site’s “Advanced,” “Intermediate, and Basic” explanations of fundamental climate science points, assuring the information is accessible to individuals with substantial familiarity and expertise while also serving those lacking in-depth technical background.           

Skepticalscience.com’s new efforts to provide high-resolution climate science visuals and graphics for free download helps fill a yawning need and gap…providing via Creative Commons licensing noncommercial access to effective images critical to assuring effective messaging and framing of complex issues.           

Skepticalscience.com richly deserves to be the George Mason University “4Cs” first international “Climate Communicator of the Year.” No issue is more global in its impact, no communicator on the issue more international in his relevance and impact.

Nominated by:

Bud Ward

Freelance Journalist and Journalism Educator

(Climate Change Communicator of the Year, 2009)

So congrats to all - just being nominated is an honour. To win would be very cool and a nice badge of honour for SkS (but I'm not going to vote or mention it outside this forum until I know it's officially announced - I can't see any word of it on the GMU site).

2011-03-09 13:18:01
Albatross
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Fingers crossed.  IMHO you deserve to win....no doubt about it.

 

2011-03-09 13:24:11*WE* deserve to win
John Cook

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It's an organization award :-)

2011-03-09 13:55:41Comment
Robert Way

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Amazing if it happens!

Take that WUWT... best science blog... *I just threw up a little*

Being nominated by a former winner is great too.

2011-03-09 14:04:07
Albatross
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Good point John, many fantastic contributors here at SkS by scientists and non scientists alike, but at the end of the day this was your brainchild.

2011-03-09 14:38:10
Daniel Bailey
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Without you, John, there is no Skeptical Science.  But thanks for thinking of us.

2011-03-09 14:41:40Brainchild
John Cook

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The only original thing I ever did with SkS was decide to create a database of skeptic arguments. Ever since then, I've just gone along with the ride. Someone suggests an iPhone app, awesome! Someone offers to co-author a book, cool! Someone suggests doing multiple level rebuttals, sure, why not?! It's just been a wild ride and only seems to be getting wilder in 2011.

2011-03-09 15:24:00awesome
dana1981
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That's a really great nomination written by Bud Ward, too.  I've been wondering when SkS will be nominated for some web awards.  Well deserved, and we got my vote!

2011-03-09 19:49:27Fantastic
nealjking

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John, someone had to generate and pull this team together, and keep it working and growing. It's you.

(Actually, I had exactly the same idea about creating a readable collection of skeptical arguments and their refutations; but I was too lazy to actually do anything about it. I'm really glad you weren't!)

2011-03-09 21:05:34
Rob Painting
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Well done Bro!. And good luck.

2011-03-10 11:01:05Voting is now open
John Cook

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So don't forget to exercise your democratic right and go vote:

2011 Climate Change Communicators of the Year

 

 

Excellence deserves acknowledgment. Every year we honor one person and one organization for their excellence as climate change communicators. Honorees are identified through an open nomination and democratic voting process.

 

We are delighted to announce twelve outstanding nominees - six each in the individual and organizational categories - for Climate Change Communicator of the Year 2011. Now we ask that you exercise your democratic right to vote by helping select the climate change communicators of the year. 

 

Individual Nominees:

1. Tom Crompton  

2. Jay Gulledge  

3. Susan Joy Hassol 

4. Naomi Oreskes 

5. Joseph Romm 

6. John Abraham/Scott Mandia/Ray Weymann 

 

Organizational Nominees:

1. Alliance for Climate Education 

2. Climate Change Media Partnership 

3. Sea Grant Climate Network 

4. Skeptical Science.com 

5. The Earth Journalism Network 

6. Union of Concerned Scientists 

 

To learn more about the nominees and vote, please click here.  The polls close at midnight, April 15th.

2011-03-10 11:25:17Done
Daniel Bailey
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I'm in!

2011-03-10 13:22:34
seaturtles

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John, I can check that for you if you need it. We can chat offline.

2011-03-10 13:30:11
seaturtles

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Done it!

2011-03-10 13:33:23
Alex C

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Voted, glad to help in what way I can!

2011-03-10 14:52:11
Glenn Tamblyn

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Ticked the box

 

2011-03-10 16:07:10
Albatross
Julian Brimelow
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You got my vote John, as did Abraham et al.

2011-03-10 16:20:24
Rob Painting
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Voted.

2011-03-10 20:36:30
nealjking

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Voted; also I'll solicit a few friends.

2011-03-10 20:53:38
perseus

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I voted for Naomi Oreskes as well as SkS.  Very impressed with her book 'Merchants of Doubt'

2011-03-10 22:07:31
logicman

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Congratulations on being nominated.  Voted!

2011-03-10 23:36:28voting for Naomi
John Cook

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"Merchants of Doubt" probably would've made me vote for Naomi. But her science paper on consensus made her a shoe-in for me. She's a personal hero of mine and was a no-brainer for the individual award.

BTW, just tweeted and Facebooked the news and will do a blog post about it tomorrow. I also created a short URL linking to the award too so feel free to share it with friends and colleagues :-)

http://sks.to/award

Congrats again to all of you - this nomination includes us all.

2011-03-11 10:07:15Nice endorsement from Joe Romm
John Cook

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http://climateprogress.org/2011/03/10/vote-for-climate-change-communicator-of-the-year/

This year, the nominees, which include me in the first category and Skeptical Science in the second, are:

Individual Nominees:

1. Tom Crompton

2. Jay Gulledge

3. Susan Joy Hassol

4. Naomi Oreskes

5. Joseph Romm

6. John Abraham/Scott Mandia/Ray Weymann

Organizational Nominees:

1. Alliance for Climate Education

2. Climate Change Media Partnership

3. Sea Grant Climate Network

4. Skeptical Science.com

5. The Earth Journalism Network

6. Union of Concerned Scientists

Given how much I cross-post pieces from Skeptical Science, it seemed only fair to vote for them, but all the choices are all worthy ones.

Hmm, feel a little bad voting for Naomi now :-)

2011-03-11 10:08:35Romm
dana1981
Dana Nuccitelli
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I voted for Romm, but also wished I could have voted for Oreskes.  So we've got them both covered!

2011-03-11 10:24:29
Rob Painting
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Yeah, no worries John, I voted for Joe Romm too.

2011-03-11 13:26:19
Daniel Bailey
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Naomi got my vote, too.  Pretty much the same reasoning as John's.

2011-03-12 17:31:29
James Wight

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I voted for Romm.