In a world where we are globally connected by the internet and social media, it can be hard to tell whether the article you are reading is based on well designed studies or not. This troubles me greatly, and I want to help us become discerning and engaged people. My mission is to simultaneously increase science literacy in the general population and empower scientists to talk about their research to non-expert audiences. These two ideals go hand-in-hand. While in graduate school, I have been participating in a number of initiatives and programs to achieve both goals, including Nerd Nite, RI.
I have taught science communication in two venues now, and would love to be part of your next science communication initiative, discussion or workshop. I taught a 9 hour module, “Explaining Research: Effective and Engaging Communication of Science” through the Brown University Initiative to Maximize Student Development. In this course, we discussed strategies for communicating science to the public, to journalists and to elected officials. We also completed an exercise to develop a research summary understandable by everyone. I’m happy to share content – ask for it in my contact form. I currently serve as a mentor and instructor for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology online course, “The Art of Science Communication.” In this course, I am coaching scientists at all career levels to improve their science communication to all audiences, while focusing on lay audiences. By the end of the course, students understand scientific storytelling and framing their research in a salient context for the audience. I also help them develop a 10-20 minute presentation for the general public.
Image: At my experimental rig.