frank 2015

The clock’s ticking. It’s time to start planning your frank pilgrimage.

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.

Rember This And You Won't Forget

It Takes An Effort To Remember What You See

It Takes An Effort To Remember What You See

To remember the simplest details of an experience, we may have to “turn on” our memories, say psychologists. This finding indicates that memory is far more selective than previously thought. What researchers call “attribute amnesia” occurs when a person uses a piece of information to perform a task, but is then unable to report specifically what that information was as little as one second later.

    

We're In Debt To These Researchers

Scapegoating poor people for the housing crash is dumb. This study shows just how dumb.

Scapegoating poor people for the housing crash is dumb. This study shows just how dumb.

Ever since the subprime mortgage crisis broke in 2008, certain corners have clung to a narrative that centers not on reckless risk-taking by big banks or poor regulatory oversight but on, well, poor people, and the policies meant to help them afford homes. This theory has never had much empirical support behind it. But a new paper shreds it.

    

In Case You Were Wondering

It’s official: Twitter loves #weed

It’s official: Twitter loves #weed

We’ve suspected this for awhile, but now we finally have the science to prove it: Twitter users are overwhelmingly pro-marijuana. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine have found that roughly 1 out of every 2,000 tweets is about marijuana. That adds up to about 7.7 million weed-related tweets per month, according to their analysis of the totality of tweets last February.

    

Wait Until More Get A Whiff Of This

Dust From Factory Farms Carries Drugs, Poop Bacteria, and Antibiotic-Resistant Genes Far and Wide

Dust From Factory Farms Carries Drugs, Poop Bacteria, and Antibiotic-Resistant Genes Far and Wide

When you inhale the air near an open cattle feedlot, you’re not just getting a blast of ammonia and other noxious fumes. You’re also probably breathing in tiny particles of antibiotics, bacteria from cows’ “fecal matter and gut flora,” and antibiotic-resistant gene sequences. Researchers are concerned that these antibiotic genes, traces of antibiotics, and fecal microbes are also being scattered far and wide.

    

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.

We All Have A Stake In This Conversation

We All Have A Stake In This Conversation

We can do better than to fall back on “stakeholder” when speaking of big needs that are the definers of a functioning civilization.

Why Traditional Media Still Matters

Why Traditional Media Still Matters

Newspapers may be struggling but they still play an important role in social change communications.

The King Of Social Change Communicators

The King Of Social Change Communicators

As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we should remember to pay tribute to him as one of the most effective communicators of our time.

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.