Science Communication:  Writing

Over the years I have written for a variety of audiences.  On this page is a sample of some of the work I have done.  Please click on each example for the full text.

Below the writing is divided into:

  • Science Summaries
  • Youthful Audiences

Science Summaries

  • Writing for different audiences is a necessary task.  Here I show one example of how I tackle writing with the topic of insects.  I write for 5 year olds, undergraduate students, graduate students, and a colleague in my field.

What is an insect?

  • A summary of an article “Improving the accuracy of Møller-Plesset Perturbation Theory with Neural Networks”, well outside of my day-to-day science.

“Bigger and faster is better, right? Well, let’s add accuracy into the equation. The D. E. Shaw Research group recently published a paper that describes a new method to model noncovalent interactions, “


Youthful Audience

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science asks scientists to answer, for 11-year old students a complicated question–that they will judge.  In 2016 the question was:  What is Sound?

My answer…

 

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science asks scientists to answer, for 11-year old students a complicated question–that they will judge.  In 2017 the question was:  What is Energy?

My answer…

 

Ever have a question you want to ask a scientist about?  The Idaho Environmental Surveillance, Education, and Research Program has a forum for just that!

I answered the question:  Are daddy longlegs the most venomous spiders?

As an early career scientist I entered my research into a competition where scientist had to explain their research to a general audience.  As a finalist, the work was presented as a poster at the Glasgow Science Museum.

Using insect ‘ears’ to understand novel methods of sound reception