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
- 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.
- Ever wonder about birds singing? Here is a summary about song transmission “Eavesdropping avoidance and sound propagation: the acoustic structure of soft song”
“When you shout to an auditorium full of people are you using the same language as when you whisper sweet nothings to your loved ones? Inherent to your message is your intended audience. Animals too craft their messages for lovers, foes in their territory, and eavesdropping predators…”
- Highlight of the laboratory of Louis K Scheffer, Ph.D. at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
“A defining feature of an animal is that it has some form of a brain. Dr. Lou Scheffer’s group digs deep to understand the structural details of the brain and its neural tissues. Discoveries are made not only by creating a detailed map of each cell and its neighbor, but by comparing young to old brains and brains among different animals…”
- 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, “
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?
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?
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.