frank 2015

#frank2015 is over. It was great to see you all in Gainesville.

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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.

Pollution Takes Another Victim, Our Park Views.

Air Pollution Is Killing the Views in National Parks

Air Pollution Is Killing the Views in National Parks

Poor air quality in most of the United States’ national parks has affected what should be spectacular landscape views, according to a new report from the National Parks Conservation Association. The air pollution can be traced back to cars, as well as gas, oil, and coal-burning power plants mostly located outside of the parks.

    

Questionable Science Leads To Kale Controversy

The Viral Idea That Kale Is Bad For You Is Based On Incredibly Bad Science

The Viral Idea That Kale Is Bad For You Is Based On Incredibly Bad Science

There’s a bogus new health theory making the rounds — the idea that kale is bad for you.

    

Obesity On The Decline

Americans Are Finally Eating Less

Americans Are Finally Eating Less

After decades of worsening diets and sharp increases in obesity, Americans’ eating habits have begun changing for the better.

    

The Happy Meal Effect

Can A Bribe Lure Us To Eat Less?

Can A Bribe Lure Us To Eat Less?

In our super-sized world, it’s not easy to eat less at meals. But a new study suggests even modest incentives to eat smaller portions can pay off in a big way. Call it the “Happy Meal effect.” Given the choice between a full-sized meal and one half the size with a modest “prize,” people will consistently choose the smaller meal.

    

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frankology Celebrates One Year of Research Just for Changemakers

frankology Celebrates One Year of Research Just for Changemakers

It’s been one year since we launched frankology, where you can find peer-reviewed research just for social changemakers. Take a look back at our favorite studies from the year.

Three Ways to Inspire Your Audience to Act

Three Ways to Inspire Your Audience to Act

Mark Dessauer learned three effective ways to communicate with and inspire your audiences at the last frank gathering.

Attention Researchers: Three Reasons to Submit Your Research to 2016 Prize in Public Interest Communications

Attention Researchers: Three Reasons to Submit Your Research to 2016 Prize in Public Interest Communications

Submissions are open for the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications annual prize in public interest communications research. Read three reasons why researchers should submit their peer-reviewed work (hint: $10,000).

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.

Andy Burness: Tchochkes, Ungulates, and the Lotto
Andy Burness: Tchochkes, Ungulates, and the Lotto
Mark Little: You Say You Want a (Storytelling) Revolution
Mark Little: You Say You Want a (Storytelling) Revolution
Yoo-Jin Kang: beyond statistics into the human stories
Yoo-Jin Kang: beyond statistics into the human stories
Sarah Bleich: A Bottle of Soda Will Cost You Five Miles
Sarah Bleich: A Bottle of Soda Will Cost You Five Miles
David Sleeth-Keppler: Getting Informal on Climate Change
David Sleeth-Keppler: Getting Informal on Climate Change
Corey Zouza: Cultural Change Through Art
Corey Zouza: Cultural Change Through Art

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