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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

A Science Communication Intervention: Word Choice

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: Word Choice. Lesson 1: Passive vs. Active Voice Active voice is more impactful than passive voice. Lesson 2: Over-Used, Flowery, and Cliché Language … Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Word Choice

A Science Communication Intervention: Purpose and Paragraph Structure

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: Purpose and Paragraph Structure. Lesson 1: Purpose When we write, we want our readers to read, grasp, and remember our purpose. How can … Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Purpose and Paragraph Structure

A Science Communication Intervention: Sentence Structure

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: Sentence Structure. “Short sentences aren’t hard to make. The difficulty is forcing yourself to keep them short.   There are innumerable ways to … Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Sentence Structure

A Science Communication Intervention: Overview and Motivation

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. This week, we are discussing the motivation and overview. Motivation: You are here to earn a degree, to better yourself and your chances of getting a good job that you … Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: Overview and Motivation

A Science Communication Intervention: The Journey Begins

Classes start back next week, and I am ecstatic to serve as the teaching assistant for Marine Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Not only is this class one of the special few that teach real-world skills to undergraduates (GIS is a widely-used mapping software), I will test the effectiveness of my brand new science communication intervention … Continue reading A Science Communication Intervention: The Journey Begins

Family Heirlooms in the Sediment Dynamics Lab

When you join academia, you join a family. Just like all other families, we have family heirlooms that get tucked away and rediscovered by younger generations. Stories are passed down, old photos are dug up, and memories are shared. Just a couple weeks ago, our lab group reorganized our shipping container that was packed full … Continue reading Family Heirlooms in the Sediment Dynamics Lab