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.
Dr. Sherry Nouraini is a digital communications consultant, social media instructor at UC San Diego Extension and biology instructor at San Diego City College and Palomar College. Sherry recently published a new book titled “Social Solutions for Climate Change: How to inspire action through social media,” which won Gold under the Current Events category in the 2018 eLit Book Awards competition, and has been recognized as a finalist for the 2017 San Diego Book Awards , and the 2017 American Best Book Awards.
Ask Sherry about: Social Media Strategy, Climate Change Communication
Mariya is a social science researcher and lecturer in Los Angeles. She received her Global Health PhD from Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change (2017), where she studied people’s mental models of healthy eating across cultures. Aside from research, Mariya’s focus is on science communication and professional development.
Ask Mariya about: Food science, evolution and human nutrition, Public opinion
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
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
Amanda is a Ph.D. student in Communication at the University of Connecticut. She received her MS in Physiology & Neurobiology (2018) and uses her neuroscience background to inform her current studies in science communication. Amanda’s research focuses on strategies for evidence-based science communication, storytelling, and communication training, with the goal of helping scientists tell better stories of their research and their experiences in STEM.
Ask Amanda about: Science communication, neuroscience, storytelling, engagement, communication training & effectiveness
Kimia Shamsian is a biology student at the University of California Riverside, an award winning debater, and an aspiring healthcare professional. She holds a leadership position in the Dynamic Genome Club at her school, and does outreach for the club on a volunteer basis. Kimia also volunteers her time at the Hospice of the North Coast, providing companionship for the patients and their families at the hospice, as well as providing hospitality services for guests. During her internship with Scicomm Journal Club, Kimia will be summarizing books and peer reviewed literature on the topic of Health Communication.
Ask Kimia about: Study Skills, Leadership, Speech and Debate