#MySciComm: Megan Litwhiler

This week, Megan Litwhiler responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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Megan birding at Reserva Ecologica (Buenos Aries); image courtesy of Megan Litwhiler

Megan is a scientist turned science communicator. After finishing her PhD in bird ecology, and a brief stint at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, Megan moved on to her current role as a Research Communications Associate at the Museum of Science in Boston. When she’s not science communicating, she’s hanging with her daughter or birding – preferably both at the same time. Connect with her online @MegClock and the SciFund Challenge’s EcoTome blog.

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, Megan…

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

I’m an ecologist by training, but I’ll talk your ear off about any kind of science
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#MySciComm: Bethann Garramon Merkle

This week, Bethann Garramon Merkle responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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Sketching hares at University of Arizona Vertebrate Museum; image courtesy of Bethann Garramon Merkle

Bethann is an artist, writer, instructor, editor, and consultant who blends visual storytelling and science communication. She’s also a SciComm Section co-founder, the section chair-elect, and our webmaster. She is passionate about a) integrating drawing into education, research, and communication efforts, and b) the role stories play in shaping public perspectives of science and ecology topics. Find her online @CommNaturalwww.ecologicallytruestory.org, and www.commnatural.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, Bethann…

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

I have my high school biology and art teachers to thank. Continue reading #MySciComm: Bethann Garramon Merkle

#MySciComm: Shane Hanlon

This week, Shane Hanlon responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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Image courtesy of Shane Hanlon

Shane is a science communicator, recovering ecologist, science-policy advocate, educator, and storyteller. He’s teaches scicomm for Sharing Science, tells stories with The Story Collider, and still ecologizes each summer for the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology. Find him @EcologyOfShane and shanemhanlon.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, Shane…

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

I took the path of most resistance. Continue reading #MySciComm: Shane Hanlon

#MySciComm Series Launches with Kika Tuff

Drawing inspiration from the #MySci hashtag, the ESA SciComm Section is launching a new blog series called #MySciComm.

Our aim is to explore the personal and professional journeys of science communicators, including the joys, struggles, and helpful resources that surfaced along their way.

We are also excited to showcase the wide range of types of SciComm that people can do, from photography and illustration to serving as an institutional press officer and public engagement research, and so much more. This is an emerging profession, and there are not only a lot of ways of doing SciComm, but a lot of ways of getting into it. Our #MySciComm series highlights some of the possibilities.

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Illustration ©2017 Kika Tuff, courtesy of Impact Media Lab.

Contributors are asked to answer two questions: 1) how did you get into the kind of SciComm that you do, and 2) what are your top 1-3 SciComm tips and/or resources?

Continue reading #MySciComm Series Launches with Kika Tuff

#SciComm resource round-up

#ESA2016 is in full swing, and #ESASciComm is a big topic this year. Between our smashing success #upgoESA Ignite session….

…and our dynamic interactive scicomm workshop…

…inspiration and discussion about #scicomm is trending. And, there’s more scicomm to come throughout the week! Continue reading #SciComm resource round-up

#Sketchyourscience a hit at #ESA100…so what?

At ESA’s annual conference/meeting (#ESA100) our section had a booth at which we encouraged folks to sketch their science.

We were blown away by how many people enthusiastically did so.

Continue reading #Sketchyourscience a hit at #ESA100…so what?

Drawn to Ecology: How sketch notes can enhance your science experience

Enhance your sketching toolkit at the #ESA100 “Communicating Science Vividly” workshop!

Guest post by Bethann Garramon Merkle


Everyone can sketch – even you.

Researchers have demonstrated that drawing (even without training) can:

There is even evidence that collaboration between scientists and artists may result in better science.

Continue reading Drawn to Ecology: How sketch notes can enhance your science experience

Save the date: 3 conference activities to launch the new ESA SciComm section

 

We’re delighted to confirm approval of a new ESA section devoted to Science Communication!

Click here for complete details, including section by-laws.

Three important dates to note (all taking place during the 2015 annual ESA meeting) are as follows: Continue reading Save the date: 3 conference activities to launch the new ESA SciComm section

6 More SciComm Resources

If you cruised through our SciComm resources and Multimedia SciComm Guide thinking, “Read that. Yep, read that. Read that, too…” here are a few more SciComm resources you can explore. Some are fairly recent, and some are ‘oldies but goodies.’

Continue reading 6 More SciComm Resources

Workshop prep: Arrive prepared

Thanks for joining the fun!

We are very intentionally offering a ‘tapas’ style taster of different ways you could communicate your science, and there will be a strong emphasis on storytelling. We want you to walk away with a sense of the unique strengths of these different media for powering science communication, and to develop some sense of preference for what you might be interested in exploring more in the future.

Plan on having lots of fun, and trying lots of new things!

What you’ll need:

We’ll be sending a more detailed email to pre-registered participants by the end of the week. Meanwhile, here are a few things you’ll need to make the most of the workshop. Continue reading Workshop prep: Arrive prepared