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Just Launched: My Science Writing Project!

If you've followed my previous posts, you know that I have been working on developing and implementing a Science Writing Intervention in undergraduate science courses. My ultimate goal is to empower science students with communications skills to help them succeed in their early careers. I successfully implemented the intervention last academic quarter, and I am now moving on to… Continue reading Just Launched: My Science Writing Project!

Teaching Climate Science Using a Local Phenomenon: Harmful Algal Blooms

Climate science is inherently interdisciplinary and complex. Physical processes at a molecular level cascade upward to drive global-scale events. Decisions at a local level impact the health of the global population. How can we effectively teach a topic as complicated as climate science to middle-school students? We did by focusing on a local phenomenon that… Continue reading Teaching Climate Science Using a Local Phenomenon: Harmful Algal Blooms

A Science Communication Intervention: Audience and Framing

I am currently intervening in an undergraduate-level science course. Along with the basic science, students will learn how to communicate their ideas and perspectives effectively. Here’s what we are discussing this week: Audience and Framing. We all have a unique perspective, and everything your audience sees and hears is filtered through their perspective, regardless of what… Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Audience and Framing

A Science Communication Intervention: Demonstration

I am currently intervening in an undergraduate-level science course. Along with the basic science, students will learn how to communicate their ideas and perspectives effectively. Here’s what we are discussing this week: Demonstration. Readers are naturally skeptical. You have to earn their trust by demonstrating that you have a reason to make a claim, both… Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Demonstration

A Science Communication Intervention: Jargon

I am currently intervening in an undergraduate-level science course. Along with the basic science, students will learn how to communicate their ideas and perspectives effectively. Here’s what we are discussing this week: Jargon. What is jargon? Jargon refers to words or expressions that are specific to a discipline and may be difficult for “outsiders” to… Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Jargon