#MySciComm: Jente Ottenburghs on adding humour to your science

This week, Dr. Jente Ottenburghs, a Belgian stand-up comic, biologist, and science writer responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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Jente Ottenburghs presenting/performing at ScienceBattle-Rotterdam (photo courtesy of Jente Ottenburghs)

Jente Ottenburghs is a biologist and freelance science writer. He obtained his PhD at the University of Wageningen (the Netherlands) where he studied the genetics of hybridizing geese. During his PhD, Jente discovered his passion for sharing science with a broad audience. Currently, he combines his scientific work (as a postdoc in Sweden) with popular science writing. Connect with Jente @jente_o, through e-mail or on his website.

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Okay, Jente…

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

I can levitate birds. But nobody cares.

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

#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.

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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: 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: 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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Photo courtesy of VGB Photography

 

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.

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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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#MySciComm: Virginia Schutte on leaving academia and the U.S. and learning how to create scicomm career opportunities abroad

This week, Virginia Schutte responds to the #MySciComm questions!

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Virginia Schutte spent her first summer as an ecology PhD student in the Florida Keys, experimenting with mangrove sponges and sea stars like this one. (Photo by Virginia Schutte)

Virginia Schutte is the Science Media Officer at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (one of her first tasks is to redo that website). She works to make science useful and fun for everyone. She received an Ecology PhD in 2014 from the University of Georgia. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Germany with her family. She didn’t speak the language or have any contacts there, but over the following 2 years at her desk in her German apartment, she transitioned from researcher to communicator. Connect with her @vgwschutte, on her website, or get a behind-the-scenes look at her job on Instagram @myscicommlife.

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Okay, Virginia…

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

I did and do believe in my science and its direct conservation implications.

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