SciComm Advice: Start at the End (what are you trying to do?)

I frequently get asked by students and faculty what kind of advice I have for a student interested in sharing science. Some of these students want careers as scicomm professionals. Others want to do scicomm as a scientist. And others still just know someone who is looking for advice. This post is written as direct-to-the-seeker … Continue reading SciComm Advice: Start at the End (what are you trying to do?)

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Canadian Science Publishing interviews me about creative ways of doing science communication and sharing science

I was invited to serve as the People’s Choice Judge for Canadian Science Publishing*’s 2021 Visualizing Science contest (which you can enter now!). In the course of launching the contest, CSP interviewed me about my take on creative approaches to visualizing science and doing science communication. Here are the cliff notes: I came to a … Continue reading Canadian Science Publishing interviews me about creative ways of doing science communication and sharing science

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Article: Using collages & surveys to understand public opinion about managing agricultural landscapes

I was fascinated and delighted to join a group of researchers who used art (collages made by community members) to better understand what citizens in the United Kingdom want agricultural landscapes to look like post-Brexit. The published article clarifies that Brits want to look at bucolic landscapes, but perceive renewable energy infrastructure as more environmentally … Continue reading Article: Using collages & surveys to understand public opinion about managing agricultural landscapes

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IMPACT project receives UWyo Grand Challenges funding

The University of Wyoming’s Grand Challenges initiative recently announced the winners of the first round of funding from this major university initiative. I am delighted to report that a project I am leading was one of the five projects selected. This press release provides a brief overview of all five projects. In short, our project … Continue reading IMPACT project receives UWyo Grand Challenges funding

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Sketching Tip: Recommended materials for nature sketching & field sketching

Using quality materials makes sketching a bit easier, because these materials are designed to produce visually appealing drawings. If you just want to sketch, nothing fancy… Anything you have will do! Even though art-quality materials make certain sorts of sketching projects easier, you don’t actually need anything special to start sketching. Anything you can draw with and … Continue reading Sketching Tip: Recommended materials for nature sketching & field sketching

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Article: In the space between: Public information officers in science

This invited article in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment clarifies the role that public information officers play in modern science communication. It is essential reading for scientists looking to share their science and for science-trained folks considering moving from research into scicomm. The full article is available for free here. Excerpt: “To some, the … Continue reading Article: In the space between: Public information officers in science

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Article: Drawn to Science

This invited commentary in Nature is a pep-talk for science educators considering integrating drawing into their science teaching and assessment. The full article is available for free here. Excerpt: “Fundamentally, creativity is a whole-brain process, and artists and scientists use the same parts of their brains to do complex, creative tasks. Ensuring that students understand … Continue reading Article: Drawn to Science

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Drawn to Natural History: Facilitation advice and classroom examples for instructors integrating drawing into science classes

This summer, a publication I led was published in the academic journal Natural Sciences Education. Like other resources I’ve shared, this article aims to ‘demystify’ the use of drawing for teaching and learning in science classrooms. While the paper reports on ways of doing this in university classes, the advice, examples, and resources in the … Continue reading Drawn to Natural History: Facilitation advice and classroom examples for instructors integrating drawing into science classes

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The tension and inspiration of place: a conversation about writing & learning

There is a great deal to learn about the work, craft, pleasure, and opportunity of writing by reflecting on what inspires us, what nuanced questions fascinate us. In these videos, two writers do just that. These two videos were recorded in 2016, when I was an MFA candidate in the top-ranked University of Wyoming MFA … Continue reading The tension and inspiration of place: a conversation about writing & learning

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Drawn to Science Communication: Art-Science Synergy as a Career and a Way of Life

I recently gave an invited career talk at the 2020 annual conference of the Ecological Society of America. In case others are interested, I thought I would share the video (with captions) here. ——– There have also been a number of responses to this talk which have led me to consider doing some recorded Zoom/video … Continue reading Drawn to Science Communication: Art-Science Synergy as a Career and a Way of Life

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