Science Communication

Climate Adaptation Board Game

The world is experiencing warming at an unprecedented rate. As a result of increased carbon emissions, we are a point where climate change prevention is no longer possible. Rather, we must be ready to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Thus, the Washington Office of Science and Technology Policy hosted a national game jam with climate adaptation as the theme in order to promote game development that teaches people about this issue. As a result of the jam, my group has a prototype of a climate adaptation board game that we continue to develop. We hope to bring this game to publication for use as both an educational tool and a form of entertainment. You can read more about the project here.

Engage: Speaking about Science

I had the opportunity to be a part of the Engage Science Communication Seminar in the Winter quarter of 2016, which is a course run by graduate students to train other graduate students in speaking to the general public about their research in a way that is accessible, informative, and fun. After learning about how to distill rather than dumb down research, how to consider one’s audience, and how to be spontaneous and engaging, among other lessons, we put our skills to the test in a public talk at Town Hall Seattle. You can find mine here!

I was subsequently invited to join the course’s Board of Directors, which oversees the class and puts on smaller workshops across Seattle. From this, I’ve had the pleasure of bringing the Engage curriculum to other students and scientists around the Pacific Northwest, as well as working on a research project about the impact of science communication training, which you can read more about on my Research page. It’s the science of science communication!

ComSciCon: Science communication workshop

In the summer of 2016, I was accepted for the ComSciCon National Workshop in Boston, MA. It brings together 50 graduate students from around the United States to interact with science communication experts in writing, video, speaking, art, and more. This was also a chance to write an original science article for the general public and form collaborations with like-minded people. The workshop was an inspiring three days, and it helped me publish my first science article for the public with Nautilus magazine on freshwater fish.

This spurred me to become even more engaged in science communication and helping other graduate students realize their science communication interests. I’ve since worked with other graduate students to found a local version of ComSciCon in the Pacific Northwest, and been an organizer for ComSciCon National.