Communicating Technical Concepts in a Visual Era

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Fall 10-30-2019


How do you communicate effectively about the Berkeley Pit? Do you A: Assemble a team of experts (a.k.a. PitWatch) and ask them everything they know? B: Create dynamic graphics that represent the complex or abstract Berkeley Pit concepts? C: Distill technical information down to create something personal and understandable? D: All of the above and more! Join us as we discuss the process to create the new PitWatch.Org website, and the tools used to inform and educate the public about the Berkeley Pit!

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Kayla Lappin is the Communication and Events Coordinator for the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP). Kayla is a graduate of the Professional and Technical Communication department at Montana Tech and has worked on multiple projects using visual aids and place-based education to communicate about the Upper Clark Fork River Basin (UCFRB).

Julia Crain is the Superfund Data Administrator for Butte-Silver Bow and contributes to plans for remediation and restoration projects in the UCFRB and the Butte-area. Julia is a Butte native with a Bachelor of Public Affairs from Seattle University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.

Abby Peltomaa is the Superfund Data Specialist for Butte-Silver Bow performing analysis on data generated by Butte’s Superfund program as well as assisting in educating and informing the public on Superfund-related topics. Abby is a graduate of Montana Tech, with a B.S. in biology, and of the University of Montana, with a M.S. in interdisciplinary studies.