Resource of the Week: Curing “Plant Blindness” vs. Growing Plant Love

Resource of the Week: Curing “Plant Blindness” vs. Growing Plant Love

Last year, we featured two #MySciComm posts by co-founders of Plant Love Stories, and at #ESA2018, we hosted Plant Love Stories at our booth at the Annual Meeting. Now, we’re highlighting a related publication informed by that project: a commentary in the journal Plants, People, Planet (published by the New Phytologist Trust). They write: We haveRead more about Resource of the Week: Curing “Plant Blindness” vs. Growing Plant Love[…]

Resource of the Week: Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Resource of the Week: Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Excerpts from www.tolerance.org: “Our mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy.” Free resources include: Workshops Trainings Facilitator Guides Self-Guided Learning Webinars Podcasts “Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators useRead more about Resource of the Week: Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center[…]

Resource of the Week: Decolonising STEM Reading List from Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Resource of the Week: Decolonising STEM Reading List from Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

In recognition of #NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay, we’re sharing this Decolonising STEM Reading List from theoretical physicist Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein provides a powerful, necessary deep-look into the history and current practices of science and the relationship of science to oppression, colonialism, and more. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein recommends starting your reading with “Making Meaning of ‘Decolonizing’” to fully understand the contextRead more about Resource of the Week: Decolonising STEM Reading List from Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein[…]

Resource of the Week: #SciComm & #PrideMonth

Resource of the Week: #SciComm & #PrideMonth

It is Pride Month! Here are a few resources on representation, inclusion, and intersectionality with science. Stay tuned for more in our Resource of the Week series*, as the month progresses. As always, we’d love to hear your recommendations on additional resources to share in the series. LGBTQ+ STEM DAY “LGBTQ+ people in science, technology,Read more about Resource of the Week: #SciComm & #PrideMonth[…]

Travel Support for #ESA2019

Travel Support for #ESA2019

Travel Support for #ESA2019 The information in this section is directly quoted from information provided by the 2019 Program Chair and Program Coordinator. We are posting it here to archive it. Deadlines may or may not have passed – contact funding sources directly. ESA Annual Meeting Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Workshop organizers are invited toRead more about Travel Support for #ESA2019[…]

Resource of the Week: Dr. Raychelle Burks’ #InclusiveSciComm keynote address

Resource of the Week: Dr. Raychelle Burks’ #InclusiveSciComm keynote address

Excerpt from website: “Dr. Raychelle Burks is an analytical chemist at St. Edwards University who develops new forensic methods for detecting drugs and explosives. She’s an active science communicator on social media, podcasts, and other popular media including the Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science. Burks will discuss her successful approaches for bringing science toRead more about Resource of the Week: Dr. Raychelle Burks’ #InclusiveSciComm keynote address[…]

Human Connections Through, With & For SciComm: #MySciComm 2017 in Review

Human Connections Through, With & For SciComm: #MySciComm 2017 in Review

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#MySciComm contributors had a lot to say in 2017 about how scicomm and engagement can build human connections and are stronger and more effective because of it. (Photo: #MySciComm contributor Rebecca Johnson, at center, co-directs the Citizen Science program at California Academy of Sciences; photo by Alison Young.)

Retrospective by Bethann Garramon Merkle, series co-editor and Communication and Engagement Section chairperson

Certainly, there is much to be learned from #MySciComm contributors regarding how to incorporate scicomm into research and how to transition into a scicomm career. But we, the editors, think the humanity this series exposes is equally important.

#MySciComm shows us the people behind the science.

In looking back through the #MySciComm contributions from 2017, I noticed that our contributors take that human element a step further. Contributors are museum staffers, research scientists, journalists, professors, and more.

In their experience, science communication and public engagement work is dependent upon human connections. Read more about Human Connections Through, With & For SciComm: #MySciComm 2017 in Review

#MySciComm: Caitlin Looby on breaking into science journalism without quitting science

#MySciComm: Caitlin Looby on breaking into science journalism without quitting science

This week, Dr. Caitlin Looby, a SciComm Section member, responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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Photo courtesy of Aaron Black-Schmidt

Caitlin Looby is a scientist and a freelance science writer. She earned her PhD in Biology from the University of California, Irvine, her M.S. in Biotechnology at Kean University, and her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Connecticut. During graduate school, Caitlin found a new passion, motivator, and purpose in science communication. She recently traded ocean views for mountain views, and lives in Colorado. Connect with Caitlin on @caitlooby, through email, or on her website.

The #MySciComm series features a host of SciComm professionals. We’re looking for more contributors, so please get in touch if you’d like to write a post!

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Okay, Caitlin…

1) How did you get into the kind of SciComm that you do?

In graduate school, I realized that I couldn’t wait to finish a study so I could write about it.

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#MySciComm: Priya Shukla on sharing the stories of marginalized scientists

#MySciComm: Priya Shukla on sharing the stories of marginalized scientists

This week, Priya Shukla responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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Priya Shukla at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay, California (Photo by Gabriel Ng)

Priya Shukla is an ocean and climate scientist based at UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Laboratory. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Management at UC Davis and earned her Master’s in Ecology from San Diego State University. Priya is currently a technician with UC Davis’ Bodega Ocean Acidification Research (BOAR) group, where she works on several projects to better understand and prepare for the effects of climate change on our . Priya uses science communication to bridge issues concerning social justice, rapid environmental change, and the scientific community. Connect with Priya @priyology and on her blog The Prosaic Mosaic.

The #MySciComm series features a host of SciComm professionals. We’re looking for more contributors, so please get in touch if you’d like to write a post!

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Okay, Priya…

1) How did you get into the kind of SciComm that you do?

The lens through which I communicate science has been heavily shaped by my father.

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