#MySciComm: Jennifer Purrenhage on teaching undergrads as SciComm

This week, Dr. Jennifer Purrenhage, our SciComm Section Secretary, responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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Jennifer Purrenhage in Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine (photo by Elizabeth Hooper)

Jennifer is a lecturer in wildlife ecology and environmental conservation at the University of New Hampshire, and the current Secretary of the Science Communication Section of ESA. She emphasizes the study and practice of science communication and engagement in all her courses, and puts her own communication skills to use both as an educator and through her work with local non-profit organizations. Jennifer is also the founder of an organic tea company, and lives in the New Hampshire seacoast with her partner Danny and their two dogs Keeley and Gordon. Connect with Jennifer via email or 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, Jennifer…

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

I was raised in a family that values language, conversation, and an appreciation for nature.

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#MySciComm: Ramesh on learning to do SciComm in graduate school, by going back to middle school

This week, Dr. Ramesh Laungani responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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Ramesh (center) teaching an introductory biology course at Doane University (photo courtesy of Doane University Office of Strategic Communication)

Ramesh is an associate professor of Biology at Doane University. He holds a PhD in biology (ecology and evolution) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied nutrient cycling in tallgrass prairie. As a professor, he teaches both introductory and upper level biology courses. He is also involved in SciComm with K-12 students through tools like Flipgrid and the 1000 STEM Women Project. Connect with Ramesh online @DrRamBio and at his 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, Ramesh…

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

It started in graduate school when I joined Project Fulcrum (PF), a GK-12 program that placed STEM graduate students into K-12 classrooms.

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#MySciComm: Rose Hendricks (of ComSciCon!) on Harnessing Insights from Psychology for SciComm

This week, Rose Hendricks, a member of the ComSciCon Leadership Team, responds to the #MySciComm questions!

Right now, we are recruiting, with ComSciCon and the ESA Student Section, for student co-organizers to lead a ComSciCon workshop at #ESA2018! Please contact the ESA Student section directly if you want to co-organize and lead the #ESA2018 ComSciCon!

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Rose is a PhD Candidate in Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. She researches how the language we use shapes the way we think, which has dovetailed with her interest in scicomm. As a member of the ComSciCon leadership team and founder of the local ComSciCon workshop in San Diego, she leads teams of graduate students in developing scicomm workshops for other graduate students. Connect with her @RoHendricks and 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, Rose…

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

During my last year of high school, I opted not to take a science class.

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#MySciComm: William Chen on games, conferences, and transitioning to a scicomm career

This week, William Chen responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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William in Seattle, Washington (Photo courtesy of Tal Noznisky)

William is a science communicator interested in writing, storytelling, and interactives. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Washington, he is transitioning into a career of science communication. This starts with an internship at The Nature Conservancy, where he engages diverse audiences with stories about protecting and restoring nature both for its own sake and for people. Connect with him @ChenWillMath and mathecology.wordpress.com.

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, William…

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

Playing off of my board game hobby.

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#MySciComm: Sarah Chevalier Prather on curating science-exhibit research and development for interactive science museums

This week, Sarah Chevalier Prather responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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Photo courtesy of Sarah Chevalier Prather, PhD

Sarah Chevalier Prather is a Museum Consultant who earned her PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University and a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.  After graduate school, Sarah forged a path into the world of exhibit research, development, and evaluation in interactive science and children’s museums.  She lives in Wyoming with mountains out her window and an active skype account used to stay connected to colleagues and museums across the country. Start a conversation with Sarah about museums, science, or collaborations over email or at 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, Sarah…

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

It started in graduate school, when I realized I wanted to change the direction of my career.

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#MySciComm: On the @ESA_org blog, Series Editors discuss what #MySciComm is and why it matters

By way of resuming the #MySciComm series after a brief pause for #ESA2017, we’re delighted to share with you a recent commentary from #MySciComm series editors. ESA published a version of this commentary on its EcoTone blog during #ESA2017. In case you missed it, we’re republishing it here.

As of today, stay tuned, every other week, for a great fall series of MySciComm!


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Recent #MySciComm contributors rocking the #scientistselfie; see end of post for image credit.

ESA SciComm Section puts the human element front-and-center in #MySciComm blog series and #ESA2017 workshops and special events 

Science Communication is an emerging career path with diverse entry points and skillsets. Have you ever read about a science writer, filmmaker, or blogger and wondered, how in the world did they get THAT job? Or more importantly, how in the world can I get that job?

The ESA Science Communication (“SciComm”) Section was founded to address these questions and more. The section helps ecologists apply best practices in science communication and empowers ecologists to better communicate the stories of science (including stories about the people doing the science) in creative, compelling, and innovative ways. In addition to resources and workshops, the SciComm Section publishes a blog series – #MySciComm – that addresses two core section efforts.

We are committed to professionalizing science communication efforts within and beyond ESA and providing mentorship to ecologists interested in trying out, or transitioning to careers in, science communication.

The #MySciComm series works toward these goals by providing a platform where science communicators can be candid about their work and what it takes to do it. #MySciComm contributors range from journalists to filmmakers, from those at private institutions to public universities, from trained formally to self-taught. Each post ends with advice and resources for people looking to build a career in science communication.

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#ESA2017 Recap: ESA wants your feedback, loads of #SciComm activities, #SciArt, meetings & more

Standing room only at the Section booth during #sketchyourscience! (Image: Bethann Garramon Merkle)

A lot of great opportunities came up during #ESA2017.

These include the Section identifying several volunteer positions and opportunities, looking ahead to #ESA2018 (help us plan and collaborate for next year!), developments in our governance and long-range planning (see our About page for updates), and new officers (meet them here)! You can stay up to date on these topics and many others by subscribing to our newsletter.

ESA is soliciting feedback regarding this year’s conference.

If you have opinions, please complete the survey. Be specific about what you liked to help ensure it happens again. Ditto for things you don’t want to happen again.

We’re curious – which #ESA2017 or scicomm-related hashtags did you use and follow, and why?

The #EngageESA hashtag took off this year, and there was also steady activity for #ESASciComm and #sketchyourscience. Emily Rollinson (@ejrollinson) has run stats of ESA conference tweets for the past few years. Check out the stats for #ESA2017#ESASciComm and #EngageESA. Knowing these trends along with other ways you engaged with conference and Section activities is helpful for us as we plan how the Section can connect with you throughout the coming year. Please let us know via email, at our Facebook Group, or on Twitter (using #ESASciComm and/or #EngageESA to ensure we see your response).

We hosted seven events, and there were more than 50 SciComm/Engagement sessions on the program!

These included a productive Section business meeting, three workshops, a live science storytelling show, and several rounds of networking. And we can’t forget yet another year of lively and informative #sketchyourscience. It’s exciting to be part of the building momentum to celebrate, professionalize, and make more accessible the myriad ways that science communication and engagement efforts are a core part of the work so many ESA members do. We were in great company, with those of you who made it to Portland, and with a lot of other folks who organized communication-related sessions. When we looked through the program, we found 7 social events, 21 workshops, 7 ignite sessions, 6 special sessions, 5 symposia, and at least 7 talks and posters (though we likely underestimated those)!

SciArt or Art-and-Ecology Section

Two back-to-back Ignite sessions focused on art and science stimulated talk of a SciArt or Art-and-Ecology Section. Some folks floated the idea of starting a new section, others the idea of making space for #sciart within the SciComm Section. While current officers were supportive of either approach, members at our business meeting were largely in favor of joining forces and making SciArt part of the SciComm Section. So, we’ll be reaching out to folks this year to explore what that might look like.

Among the many meetings your section officers attended…

We went to the annual ESA business meeting and the business meeting for the ESA Committee on Diversity and Education (CDE). We’re a new member of the CDE, and we look forward to having a voice in the important work of the committee. If you have topics you’d like us to address, Bethann will be on some conference calls and at some meetings with the CDE through the coming year. Please contact her so we can represent you and our section mission in those meetings.

Do get in touch if you have ideas, questions,
and/or want to get involved with the Section!

#MySciComm: taking a break for #ESA2017

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We’re taking a break from the MySciComm series while we focus on the ESA annual meeting. If you’re in Portland, check out our awesome list of Section-sponsored and other SciComm happenings.

Whether you’re in Portland or following the conference from afar, we’ll be posting meeting-related updates and session live-tweets in several places:

MySciComm blog posting will resume in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, check out our #MySciComm archives, for posts from journalists, museum workers, illustrators, and all sorts of SciComm folks.

Reminder: SciComm Section biz meeting & meet-up

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Please do join us for this meeting!

We’ll be discussing how to spend the section’s money (your membership dues), nominees for next year’s officers, how to engage members (you!) in section projects throughout the year, and more!

The business meeting is planned for Tuesday, August 8, 6:30-8:00 pm, in OCC room E142.

More details: Join us for a brief engaging (we promise!) business meeting where we’ll discuss how to allocate our budget, finalize plans for the next officer election (including accepting nominations for next year’s officers!), and start planning for #ESA2018. Afterward, let’s adjourn to a local watering hole to talk #scicomm, network, and catch up. Looking forward to hanging out with you and getting your input for the direction of the section!


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#MySciComm: Lucy Frisch on switching gears from book publicist to science storytelling advocate

This week, Lucy Frisch responds to the #MySciComm questions!

We’re collaborating with Lucy to bring a science storytelling show to #ESA2017 next week! Details here. Join us if you’re in Portland!

 

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Lucy is a Marketing Manager at Springer Nature in the Author & Partner Marketing and Services division. She curates author services through the lens of her publicity experience, designing initiatives to promote author empowerment, self-promotion and public engagement. Her focus is on implementing new ways to connect researchers and their work with the public, including the Springer Nature Storytellers program, a science communication initiative that harnesses the power of storytelling in an effort to truly humanize science. Follow her work with the Springer Nature Storytellers program at www.beforetheabstract.com and @b4theabstract.

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, Lucy…

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

Science and math have never exactly been my calling.

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