In the spirit of expanding the reach and of science communication and engagement conversations happening within and beyond the Communications and Engagement Section, we are going to start re-posting and cross-posting content from C&E Section members. If you would like to have one of your projects or blog posts featured in this series, contact us!
Meanwhile, here’s a cross-post from C&E Section chairperson, Bethann Garramon Merkle. See the original on her website.
It’s happening! Multimedia SciComm is catching on, and our workshop participants are chief vectors for distributing the bug.
Our last post was about Johanna Varner and the research she does on pikas. Inspired by Johanna’s own sketches, produced during our workshop, the Pikas on Ice post featured some delightful pika sketches by Jennifer Landin.
Johanna Varner is an ecologist who studies how climate change affects pikas, small mammals closely related to rabbits. She is currently an assistant professor of biology at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO, but her path to ecology was far from linear. Over the course of her transformation from a MIT bioengineer to an organic farmer to a pika ecologist, she became passionate about SciComm, teaching, and including citizen scientists in her research. One group of students nicknamed her “Pika Jo”, a name which she has embraced for her SciComm work. Along the way, she discovered that her personal obsession with pikas is actually ideal for engaging people in the local effects of climate change. She was recently honored for her diverse contributions to SciComm with the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement in Science. Follow her on twitter @johannavarner.
Okay, Pika Jo…
1) How did you get into the kind of SciComm that you do?
#ESA2019 Looking ahead to ESA 2019 Discussions around the 2019 annual meeting (#ESA2019) have brought numerous, important issues to the fore of ESA governance. Your C&E officers are participating in several ways, including 1) serving on an ad hoc committee convened immediately after ESA 2018 by 2019 Meeting Chair, Ryan McEwan (aims to use ESARead more about Annual Meeting[…]
Wowza, ESA 2018 was epic! There were nearly 40 sessions that related to communication and engagement, careers, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Your C&E Section officers led, co-organized, or presented in 10 sessions, and section members were active in several more. We also led an invited workshop for ESA’s first career fair, held as partRead more about ESA 2018 Wrap-Up[…]
Sessions hosted by the ESA SciComm Section workshops; live storytelling session & discussion; “Ask A Pro” mentoring meet-ups; #SketchYourScience; business meeting & meet-up — details below. 1. Workshop: Improv Your Science: building skills for effective communication Monday, August 7, 10:15-11:30 am OCC room C123 Start the Annual Meeting off right and join in on a fun andRead more about 2017 Annual Meeting[…]
Of course, the SciComm Section is hosting sessions! We have 2 workshops, 2 storytelling sessions, 3 mixers, a business meeting/meet-up, and #SketchYourScience all lined up! We’re especially excited about the following: If you’re looking for even more SciComm at the conference, quite a few sessions caught our attention. SciComm-related sessions are listed on our website, here, accordingRead more about #ESA2017 SciComm activities (a long list)[…]