Database of Leopold Leadership Fellows' communications courses


A living document where Leopold Leadership Fellows can find and contribute advice and information about teaching communications to graduate students. This database was created by Mark Carr (2000), to capture fellows' responses to a query he posted to the list serve about communications courses they have developed.

Expand Your View


Review of lessons from social science research on successful strategies for communicating with public audiences.

See also:  Hold that Thought, a companion article

License: Copyright Oregon State University, 2008; posted with special permission.

Facebook: Best Practices


A "how-to" guide on Facebook Best Practices developed by Ocean Conservancy.  Presented by Shannon Crownover at the September 2011 Cohort training

Fellows' perspectives: Using social media (2012 All Cohort reunion)


At the 2012 All-Cohort Reunion, Liz Neeley facilitated a one-day workshop:  Message Box and Beyond: Finding your voice in social media. In the video, you will hear Chris Field, Tom Sisk, Josh Schimel, and Luis Zambrano as they discuss their thoughts with other fellows at the reunion.

See alsoPresentation and resources from the workshop

Fellows' perspectives: Using social media (Google Science Communication program)


Video clip of Google Science Communciation Fellows discussing social media from various perspectives:

Here is the whole video taken at Google headquarters in June 2011

Hold That Thought!


Reexamination of common assumptions about science communication

See also:  Expand your view, a companion article

*License: Copyright Oregon State University, 2008; posted with special permission.

Media Communications Toolkit developed by COMPASS


This training package is brought to you by COMPASS and the Leopold Leadership Program. We hope it gives you the tools you need to lead a fun, interactive communications workshop or course for your students. The training begins with a brief overview of communications principles – things that we all take for granted but are worth reviewing. It then introduces the Message Box and the idea of tailoring your message for your audience. The training culminates with media interview scenarios. As you know from your personal experience with the scenarios, role-playing can be a powerful way to transform information into action. The package includes:

- Instructor’s Handbook
- Presentation

- The Message Box handout

- Interview Scenarios

- Interview Scenario Evaluation Forms

The content is extracted from Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science by Nancy Baron, which provides additional context for the elements of the package.

*License: Attribution - No Derivatives

Reading list for courses in science and environmental communication


Matt Nisbet, Associate Professor at American University School of Communication, frequently presents science communications research to Leopold Leadership Fellows.  His reading list cited here is from his blog, ClimateShift.

You can find his presentations on our website:

Science Communications Curriculum Resource Exchange: 2012 All Cohort Reunion


Resources for Science Communications presented at the Curriculum Resource Exchange session at the 2012 All Cohort Reunion.

Leah Gerber: 

• Environmental Leadership and Communication(Graduate seminar at Arizona State University)

Tom Hayden: 

• Better Communication through Collaboration (Project-based course at Stanford)

• Generation Anthropocene(Student-driven interview-based podcast series at Stanford)

Julia Parrish: 

• Science Communication Education at University of Washington

Science Talk Rant


A blog post and resources on how to make science presentations more memorable and effective by focusing on storytelling.

Also see these resources that Alan recommends:
Fight the Power(point)! by Todd Reubold
Slides That Rock