About Us

Mission Statement

We help scientists integrate findings from the latest evidence-based research in social sciences and education into their outreach efforts. We curate, summarize, and discuss research studies and their applications to real communication contexts in a way that scientists can easily implement.

Sherry Nouraini, PhD
Sherry Nouraini

Dr. Sherry Nouraini is social media consultant at Captive Touch, guest instructor on the topic of Social Media for Climate Science and Policy at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and social media instructor at UC San Diego Extension and biology instructor at San Diego City College. Sherry recently published a new book titled “Social Solutions for Climate Change: How to inspire action through social media,” which has been recognized as a finalist for the San Diego Book Awards.

Ask Sherry about: Social Media Strategy, Climate Change Communication

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Mariya Voytyuk, PhD
Mariya Voytyuk

Dr. Mariya Voytyuk received her Global Health PhD from Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Her work examines how people shape perceptions of complex health phenomena (such as healthy eating) across cultures. Aside from research, Mariya is involved with communicating science with the public on all topics related to food and health.

Ask Mariya about: Food science, evolution and human nutrition

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Heather Conklin Founder of Spot Strategies
Heather Conklin

Heather C. Conklin, MPA, MA, is Founder of SPOT Strategies. She has spent over a decade as a researcher for various organizations, including private companies, California Department of Justice, and the UCR Center for Sustainable Suburban Development. She’s conducted research across various policy areas, including healthcare, environmental sustainability, agriculture, law, and education.

Ask Heather about: Science policy; policymaking; politics

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Nevena Hristozova

Nevena is a PhD candidate in the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium. Her doctoral work focuses on molecular mechanisms of plant resistance to draught, heat, and salinity. She works as a scientific project manager in the European branch of an international public-private research foundation, collaborating on food safe and nutritional research topics.

    Ask Nevena about: Science Podcasting


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Mark Smith

Mark Smith entered the military in 1984 and served almost 30 years. Mark is experienced in disaster response and disaster response planning, including deep-water environmental response. Mark is trained in Remote Sensing for oil spill response and is FEMA certified as a continuity of operations ‘train the trainer’. While on active duty, Mark perceived what he believed to be an increase in coastal natural disasters during his career. This prompted his research into climate change to validate or invalidate this perception. This research led Mark, a former climate change denier, to become an advocate for environmental responsibility as a climate change believer. Since retiring, Mark began pursuing a B.S. in Sustainable Agricultural with a focus on soil and water science. With a passion for fighting food insecurity, Mark is working to increase access for physically disabled veterans in agriculture, and is a board member at his regional volunteer food pantry.

Ask Mark about: Cultural sensitivity, risk communication