At the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in November 2016, I met a wonderful group of people at My Green Lab. They are a nonprofit who help scientists and scientific facilities managers conduct science in a more sustainable way, from lower energy usage freezers to improved waste management. Allison Paradise, Executive Director at My Green Lab, and I bonded over our love of Meeting Street Cafe cookies, and talked a little about sustainability in science. I didn’t win the sustainability t-shirt, though (sad face).
Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the Rescuing Biomedical Research Writing Program. In this program, I wrote 2 blog posts for their blog. Here, the audience is people who care and know a decent amount about science policy issues. This was unfamiliar territory for me. Could I, someone whose writing experience was limited to the general public, get the hand of this audience? I struggled, but I successfully published an article on the grant resubmission process at the NIH and a second article on indirect cost payments. Continue reading
In 2015, I joined a group of aspiring science communicators led by Joe Palca of National Public Radio (NPR). Recently, this group blossomed from a group of people who care about and share interesting science articles to a group that also helps each other write science articles for the public. Over the course of 2 months, a writer progresses from idea to published blog-style post. First, a writer pitches a story and Joe Palca and Maddie Sofia (the Queen of the FOJBIs) help it find an outlet. Then, the writer drafts the article and 3-5 other FOJBIs provide feedback on this draft. After a series of edits, including some from Joe and Maddie, the writer finalizes the post and it’s published.
At the Society for Neuroscience meeting in November 2016 I was offered the opportunity to present my research as a Dynamic Poster. This is a really cool format – instead of the usual 3 foot by 4 foot piece of paper, I had a 55 inch TV to display my research on. However, there wasn’t much guidance on how to create a Dynamic Poster, so I hope future Dynamic Poster presenters will find my notes helpful. The research I presented is described in my research summary and recently published in Elife, an open access journal. Continue reading