frank 2015

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Join us in Gainesville, February 25 – 27.

The people who come to frank are leading minds who drive change by funding it, studying it, or practicing it. The rabble-rousers and the do-gooders, those who look Goliath in the eye, and say “bring it.”

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Finds

Here’s where you’ll find a curated collection of headlines and links to great content from the interwebs that we thought you might love, too. Found something great? Send it to us and we’ll feature it.

To Agree or Disagree, That's The Question

Social Media Deepens Partisan Divides. But Not Always.

Social Media Deepens Partisan Divides. But Not Always.

If there seems to be an unbridgeable gulf between conservatives and liberals in the United States, social networking sites might be partly to blame, according to a new study. But social media can also have the opposite effect.

    

Historic Blunder

This tone-deaf cartoonist forgets that Thanksgiving is about immigration

This tone-deaf cartoonist forgets that Thanksgiving is about immigration

This cartoon, which appeared on the Indianapolis Star website for a few hours, generated lot of outrage. The cartoonist seems oblivious to the meaning of Thanksgiving. The holiday is a celebration of the fact that the native-born Americans who lived in the area welcomed these newcomers, shared their food with them, and helped them make the transition to their new home.

    

Everyone Will Be The Wiser

Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims

Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims

Calls for closer integration of science in policy-making have been commonplace for decades. One suggestion is to encourage more scientists to get involved in politics. Perhaps a better idea is to teach science to politicians. Here are 20 concepts that should be part of the education of politicians and policy advisers—and anyone else who may have to interact with science or scientists.

    

Warming To The Term Yet?

Forget the “polar vortex” backlash: How I learned to love an overused media buzzword

Forget the “polar vortex” backlash: How I learned to love an overused media buzzword

Weather stories feed readers’ interest in science. While the existence of the polar vortex may be old news dressed up to sound new, long-lived extreme events like last winter’s—and now this current one’s—still need more serious scientific research to determine why they last so long, how predictable they might be, and how they are related to global warming.

    

What's frank?

#frankspeaksvolumes

frank is a community for people who use communications to drive change. Here you’ll find research, thoughtful blog posts, news from the field, jobs, and—of course—everything you need to know about our annual gathering for change makers here in Gainesville.

frankology

Here’s where we offer summaries of recent peer-reviewed research from multiple disciplines that offers insight that can improve the practice of the field. On frankology, you’ll find the scholarship that’s most relevant to change agents.

frank talk

Read about what’s working and why.

Hello, My name is Ann and I’m Obsessive

Hello, My name is Ann and I’m Obsessive

I’ll admit it. I’m obsessive. Not about everything, but unabashedly so about things that matter.

Have You Heard? We Have A Science Communication Problem.

Have You Heard? We Have A Science Communication Problem.

The willingness of our political leaders to push for policy without being guided by scientific evidence is evidence that we have a science communication problem.

Do You Know What It Takes To Communicate?

Do You Know What It Takes To Communicate?

Want to become a communications powerhouse? A new online tool can help nonprofits get smart about their communications.

Clips

In this section, you’ll find videos featuring everyone who’s spoken at frank, the annual gathering for social change communicators in Gainesville, plus more great content from the frank community.

Carroll Bogert: The Information Marketplace
Carroll Bogert: The Information Marketplace
Public Interest Communications @ UF
Public Interest Communications @ UF
Jacob Atem: Healing & Teaching the Lost Boys of Sudan
Jacob Atem: Healing & Teaching the Lost Boys of Sudan
Carolyn Day: Utopian Forms of Values
Carolyn Day: Utopian Forms of Values
Cody Romano: Pinpointing Calls to Action: Using GPS for Social Change
Cody Romano: Pinpointing Calls to Action: Using GPS for Social Change
Kristen King: From the Swamp to the Concrete Jungle, Building a Career in Public Interest Communications
Kristen King: From the Swamp to the Concrete Jungle, Building a Career in Public Interest Communications

About us

Who we are

Read about what we’re doing to build the field of public interest communications here at the University of Florida, and read about the dedicated and passionate individuals who work on frank.