The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant and Water Resources Institutes have added three shiny new tools to their communications toolbox, giving educators, researchers and environmentally minded citizens several quick and easy ways to connect to and follow the activities of Wisconsin’s premier water-science research organizations.
The first comes in the form of newly redesigned websites for UW Sea Grant (www.seagrant.wisc.edu) and Water Resources Institute (www.wri.wisc.edu ). Each site gives researchers, educators and students an attractively
designed, well-organized set of links to information-packed pages on issues such as aquaculture, fish and fisheries and groundwater research. Visitors can also easily sign up to receive electronic communications from UW Sea Grant.
Meanwhile, in the social media universe, UW Sea Grant also recently launched a new Facebook page to give web users a place to follow program news and events related to the Great Lakes and aquatic research. Click on http://www.facebook.com/UWiscSeaGrant or search for University of Wisconsin Sea Grant/Water Resources Institutes on Facebook.
“Using social media is just one more way that people who are invested in the health and well-being of the Great Lakes and Wisconsin’s water resources can keep up with our latest research and outreach efforts,” explained Anders Andren, director of UW Sea Grant Institute, the Water Resources Institute and professor of environmental chemistry and technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “We’re looking forward to people reading our posts and joining the conversation on water science issues with us.”
Finally, UW Sea Grant has also become active on Twitter, under the handle @UWiscSeaGrant. Several times each day, UW Sea Grant’s communications team is sharing links news and information in 140-character packages.
Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , U.S. Department of Commerce, UW Sea Grant is one of the largest in a network of 32 water science-based programs across the country. Its mission is to fund research and conduct outreach to support and maintain the Great Lakes.
The Wisconsin Water Resources Institute is one of 54 programs nationwide charged with addressing problems of water supply and water quality at local, state, regional and national levels. It is funded by the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Interior.