Author: Chris Petranick, a PhD candidate studying bumble bee physiology
"Even when discussing a basic research idea, I hope my
audience is left with some appreciation for the virtue
of finding things out."
My name is Chris Petranek and I study bumble bee physiology as a graduate student at the University of Wyoming.
Before I got here, my research was focused on conservation population biology of obscure bumble bee species in Mexico and Guatemala. Communicating the relevance of the science was not difficult, especially since it coincided with the popularity of “saving the bees”. While I think science motivated by an obvious benefit to society is fine, science for the sake of itself is incredibly important, as many game-changing discoveries were happenstance, e.g. penicillin, X-rays, and super glue. Research on creatures spanning the tree of life can provide apparently unlikely insight to myriad issues pressing mankind, even if the studies seem entirely trivial at face value.
Author: Heather Speckman, a PhD candidate studying big data and tree physiology
"I shoot trees for science."
Hello, my name is Heather Speckman I will be your blog master for this week! Where to start talking about me…. Yes, I am a scientist, but I feel that term comes with such stereotypes and frankly…. Frankly it’s Friday and I’m not in the mood for stereotypes. So I hereby dub this "Stereotype Slaying Friday"!
Let’s talk about what a scientist actually is and is not.
Stereotype Number #1: Scientists wear lab coats.
Well, I’m a scientist and I do have a lab coat…. I wear it like twice a year when I need to bleach things. Here’s some other gear I use:
Author: Michelle Mason, PhD candidate studying active galactic nuclei
"I've loved math and science my whole life
and I hope I can share some of that love
with you. I don't want to tell you, or even
show you, about science and how we
communicate it. I want to involve you. "
Or, in regular English: Hello World! My name is Michelle and I'll be running our SciComm blog for the next week. I've loved math and science my whole life and I hope I can share some of that love with you.
Third grade science class is what really started me off on this journey. We were learning about all nine planets in the Solar System (back before Pluto was demoted), and I decided right then and there that I simply had to learn everything about the Universe. Literally. Everything. Ah, youth... so much energy, ambition, and naivety. But can you really blame me? The Hubble Space Telescope produces the most outstanding pictures of the Universe. Then, to top it off, Contact (the movie) came out, and my fate was sealed. Don't get me started on the scientific inaccuracies of that movie, but 3rd grader me neither knew nor cared. Space was beautiful and amazing, and I needed to know more.
Author: Daniel Beverly, PhD candidate studying plant physiology
My Name is Daniel Beverly and I will be running the SciComm blog this week.
I am a fluxer—doing science to understand changes of mass and energy—interested in how plants use water and carbon. However, I am here to focus on how we can better express and communicate science to non-specialist audiences.
Science is a vital tool though it is too often misconstrued with poor communication. My goals for promoting science communication is reducing the stigma of not understanding scientific inquiry. I want to make scientific concepts fun and exciting for vastly different audiences, while trying to alleviate the misconception that science is not for everyone. Secondly, can we (as a community) promote critical thinking on how scientific finding expand our understanding of the world.
Author: Chelsea Duball, PhD candidate studying soils
"By delving deeper into the applications of science communication, I have improved my scientific methods, and it has encouraged me to further incorporate creativity into my work, expand my network of audiences, and to conduct research outside traditional scientific means."
Greetings from "Laradise"!
My name is Chelsea Duball and I am the girl on the scene this week. In this week’s segment of the blog, I look forward to addressing topics and discussions that range widely across the SciComm spectrum. As I take the lead this week, I have two major goals: to focus on the different perceptions and approaches to science communication and to reveal the mighty power of interdisciplinary research.
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