This article in the Gainesville Sun today really captures the essence of the public engagement I’m trying to do. It was really exciting to have the reporter spend so much time covering this. Thanks again to our sponsors COSEE-Florida (a National Science Foundation program) and UF/IFAS for all their support in getting this off the ground. And thanks to our venues for having us all the time. Look for the program again in early 2017. Watch for us at talksciwme.wordpress.com and facebook.com/talksciencewithme
#Hurricanematthew recovery resources f @UF_IFAS @ablindsey @EDENTweets http://c3po.barnesos.net/~demon/10-10-16HurricaneMatthewRecoveryResources.pdf
UF/IFAS Extension and other coastal partners and the Extension Disaster Education Network compiled a list of resources to help hurricane recovery efforts: http://c3po.barnesos.net/~demon/10-10-16HurricaneMatthewRecoveryResources.pdf
Bob Bertsch just had me on his program Working Differently in Extension this past Monday. I talked about what I found out through my time as a Citizen Science fellow for eXtension.org. Check out the recordings (with or without video), as well as Bob’s show notes and links to his other interviews here:
YouTube – https://youtu.be/JUtkvzT6ry0
My recent publication, When a Picture Isn’t Worth 1000 Words: Learners Struggle to Find Meaning in Data Visualizations, got a great press release from UF/IFAS, which was picked up by Science Daily. I got a wonderful email from UF News alerting me to the pickup! Now I’m curious whether it was the research, the title (in which I tried to convey my results in case that’s all people read, per lessons from OSU’s Free Choice Learning Lab), or the press release that drew the attention?
I just wrapped up a year working with eXtension.org as a Citizen Science Fellow, trying to understand and support citizen science efforts throughout Cooperative Extension. Read all about my findings here. You can also go straight to the resources I compiled here. I welcome your feedback either here or on the original posts. It was a privilege to take such a deep dive into the topic, and I look forward to integrating citizen science more in my own work.
In science communication/outreach/engagement, I continue to push myself and others to remember we have to value the knowledge in our audiences – they are not blank slates or empty pails waiting for us to fill them up. It’s hard, because I grew up in and managed to learn well enough from a system that works with that deficit model of experts as know-it-alls and everyone else as know-(virtually)-nothings.
However, I just found this article about a physician dealing with Zika in her patients. The teaser in the email really hit home to me as an example of what scientists are trying to work with every day, to at least some degree, when communicating about science and its inherent uncertainty:
“Physicians like me are learning about Zika along with our patients. This takes a dose of humility on our part and an understanding from our patients that we learn something new every single day.”
I think this is an awesome example of what scientists are dealing with all the time in terms of communicating science in uncertainty – though I think the physician could also go on to say that she learns from the patients as well …
Of course, Zika as an emerging phenomenon is a pretty extreme case, but it’s not that far off from the type of decision-making we are participating in as a global community around climate change, other health issues, technology, agriculture to feed an exploding population, you name it.
Here’s the full article: I’m an OB-GYN Treating Women With Zika: This is what it’s Like.
Two of my undergraduate research students, Esther and Meghana, presented a poster of our preliminary research plan for “talk science with me” at the National Marine Educators Association 2016 Conference this week in Orlando. They also took part in the day-long Youth Conference.
Esther commented: “I actually have a deeper passion for the project seeing how interested others were in it.”
Here are a couple of photos of them talking with folks at the conference:
Meghana is a rising sophomore in engineering, and Esther is a rising pre-med sophomore. Both have been working with me since January. Way to go, ladies!