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 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
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
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
Melissa received her BA in Anthropology for CSU Long Beach and is currently the Membership Manager for the California Art Club. She has used her knowledge ethnographic research methods to improve the foundation’s relationship with its members, pioneer a state-wide mentoring program, and create community art programming in local schools. She is currently working towards a graduate degree to pursue a career in archaeology and communicate the relationship between the arts and sciences.
Ask Melissa about: Science communication, cultural resource management, community involvement