I Am SciComm
– the rotating Twitter account for SciCommers
Starting from June 2017, Crastina is managing the rotating Twitter account, I Am SciComm – @iamscicomm. Each week, the control of this Twitter account is handed over to a new SciCommer who posts about his/her activities, reading, experiences, and thoughts on #SciComm.
“SciComm Hub is a community and collection of resources focused on science education, outreach, and communication. The Hub aims to assist students in exploring and finding careers in science communication, to provide a space for students, postdocs, and faculty to interact and network in the context of science communication, and to connect students to relevant resources and opportunities.”
The account manager Tatyana Saraeva, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tatyana is very happy to answer any questions.
I Am SciComm Schedule: Upcoming Curators
September 25-September 30: Valerie Bentivegna (@vbentii) – PhD student @UoDLifeSciences (@phoqus_fp7), trying to bridge disciplines by studying the physics of cancer, #scicomm enthusiast, often accompanied by a blue ukulele named Bruno.
October 2-October 7: Tracy Schlater (@TracySchlater) – Communication specialist @ISUAgronomy, recovering journalist and corporate communication survivor.
October 9-October 14: Janet Rafner (@jrafner) – Masters Degree Candidate @koebenhavns_uni, Niels Bohr Institute, collaborator @sciathome; Art+Science Innovator.
October 16-October 21: Stephanie Zihms (@geomechsteph) – Research Associate Heriot-Watt University Project Manager for Native Scientist (German in Scotland) & Scicomm trainee.
October 23-October 28: Kitty Gifford (@myndwalk) – curator of public science events @sciencecabaret, instructor of applied science communication, sciencecabaret.org
October 30-November 4: Jessica F. Hebert (@Dame_DNA) – Biology PhD Candidate @Portland_State, Nerdy Musician @PDXBroadsides, SciComm Fellow @OMSI, #teamplacenta.
November 6-November 11: Tami Tolpa (@tolpastudios, @pictureasportal.com) – Science communication specialist.
November 13-November 18: Kristine Richter (@dkkorzow) – @MSCActions Postdoctoral Fellow @York_BioArCh, Conduct SciComm through @FishNShipsUK, biologist – archaeological scientist – ecologist – educator.
November 20-November 25: Micaela Jemison (@bat_whisperer) – Director of Communication & Public Engagement at @BatConIntl, former bat scientist & fire fighter, lover of ice cream.
November 27-December 2: Nikola Vukovic (@vukovicnikola) – Neuroscientist @AarhusUni researching the brain basis of language.
December 4- December 9: Zion Lights (@ziontree) – Author of evidence-based nonfiction The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting, Co-Editor of JUNO Magazine, postgrad SciComm.
December 11- December 16: Alex Lathbridge (@thermoflynamics) – PhD Student @UniOfBath. Biochemist. Comedian. Founder of @MinoritySTEM.
December 18- December 23: Dr. Tracy Fanara (@inspectorplanet) – Program Manager of Environmental Health at Mote Marine Laboratory, Subcontractor for USGS, Science Communicator, BS, ME, PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, with a focus on hydrology, sustainable development, and water treatment.
December 24- January 7: On break! Happy Holidays!
January 8-January 13: open
January 15-January 20: Sabine Gysi (@SabineGysi) – Editor-in-Chief BOLD, Blog on Learning and Development boldblog.org; Communication Manager, Jacobs Foundation.
January 22-January 27: @SmartyPants1_2 Comparable sides of the brain to create #smartypants. #scicomm #womeninSTEM . #1 is a geologist (Ph.D)/#2 is a geophysicist/engineer (PhD in progress).
January 29-February 3: Margot Wohl (@Brains_n_Bugs, @RadScientistPod) – PhD student @UCSanDiego, Creator/Producer of KPBS Podcast, “Rad Scientist” www.kpbs.org/RadScientist and Creator/Producer of Salk Talk (first 4 episodes) www.salk.edu/news/podcast.
February 5-February 10: open
January 12-February 17: open
January 19-February 24: open
February 26-March 3: open
March 5-March 10: open
March 12-March 17: open
March 19-March 24: open
March 26-March 31: open
The @iamscicomm community is diverse. Hosts and followers are from all over the world, from a wide range of backgrounds, and with lots of #scicomm knowledge to share. Check out the following community-sourced resources, and let us know if you have more to add!
Past Curators – 2017
January 9-January 14: Liz Goodfellow (@FuturityNews) – Lead Assistant Editor at Futurity.org, @UofR communications, stock art maven, amateur birder
January 16-January 21: Rachel Pendergrass (@Sharkespearean) – Host and Producer @SolveForXShow, freelance science writer, and performer
January 23-January 28: Engage Science (@EngageScience) – grad student led sci comm course @UW, engaging the next gen of science communicators
January 30-February 4: Karen Ring (@DrKarenRing) – Website and Social Media Manager for @CIRMnews – science blogger at https://blog.cirm.ca.gov/ and scicomm podcaster
February 6-February 11: Michelle Neil (@michelle_neil) – #scivol with @CitSciOz and @CSIROSMiS.
February 13-February 18: Aliyah Weinstein (@desabsurdites) – Doctoral candidate in immunology at University of Pittsburgh; currently working at Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers in Paris, France; blogger at Isn’t That Grad; Social Media Coordinator at @LettersPreSci.
February 20-February 25: Cari Ritzenthaler (@RitzenResearch) – Master’s Student at Bowling Green State University, ecologist studying forest floor invertebrates, writer of RitzenResearch.wordpress.com
February 27-March 4: Alessandra Salgueiro (@asjeditors) – Business Development asjeditors.com, PhD student in Cancer Bio @EmoryUniversity, Sacnista @sacnas
March 6-March 11: Mika McKinnon (@mikamckinnon) – scientist for fiction, disaster researcher, geophysicist, and science communicator. Freelancer for @newscientist @io9 @gizmodo @astronomymag @theweek @physicstoday @arstechnica. Hedgehog caretaker.
March 13- March 18: Lisa Whittaker (@lisawhittaker02) research engagement officer @tenovuscancercare #STEMAmbassador in Wales
March 20-March 25: Lesley Barron (@SimonRBarron) general surgeon at Georgetown Hospital. Enthusiastic evidence based medicine supporter and blogger at canadianfemalesurgeon.wordpress.com
March 27-April 1: Beth Hundey (@bhundey) – Educational Developer & Adjunct Research Prof @westernu – Geographer & environmental change scientist by training & at heart
April 3-April 8: Ritu Raman (@raman_ritu) – Engineer, Writer, Educator. I have a PhD! @NSF Fellow, @Cornell @EngineeringAtIL alum. Passions: #3Dprinting #BioBots #BuildingWithBiology & #STEMdiversity. Website: RituRaman.com
April 10-April 15: Aadita Chaudhury (@ThylacineReport) – PhD student in Science and Technology Studies at York University. Writer of The Thylacine Reports.
April 17-April 22: Graham Ganssle (@grahamganssle) – President at Sandstone Oil, Co-host of @undrsmpldrdio, bit-slinger at https://gra.m-gan.sl
April 24-April 29: Meenakshi Prabhune (@minu_pr) – Science writer and communicator, blogger at https://backpackfullofquestions.com/
May 1-May 6: Steve Cross (@steve_x) – Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, comedian and founder of @ScienceShowoff
May 8-May 13: Sarah E. Kucharski (@AfternoonNapper) – Strategic Communications Lead at Biotech Partners
May 15-May 20: Lindsay Patterson (@_lindsayp) – Creator, host, and producer of Tumble, a science podcast for kids
May 22-May 27: Ben Marcus (@bmarcus128) – Ph.D. in neuroscience from @UChicago, Editorial Board Chair for @IllinoisScience
May 29-June 3: Tiffany Fox (@TiffanyFox) — PIO at UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute, Editor of Research Refined, SciComm Workshop Facilitator and Public Speaking Coach
June 5-June 10: Sharing Science (@AGU_SciComm) – American Geophysical Union scicomm engagement program, Drs. Olivia Ambrogia @squidfan & Shane Hanlon @ecologyofshane
June 12-June 17: Scott Gruber (@scott_gruber) – Developer, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Front end developer at www.ioes.ucla.edu
June 19-June 24: Adrienne Godschalx (@agodschalx) – PhD Candidate @PortlandState, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, chemical ecology of plant symbioses
June 26-July 1: Chanapa Tantibanchachai (@chanapa_t) – Senior Media Relations Representative for @HopkinsMedicine, BS and MS in biology from @ASU
July 3-July 8: Sabine Lasinger (@waukale) – Project Assistant & Head of Explainers @ Vienna Open Lab, a hands-on laboratory for kids & adults
July 10-July 15: Scott Chimileski (@socialmicrobes) – Research Fellow @harvardmed, photographer, writer for @ASMicrobiology, author of upcoming Life at the Edge of Sight @Harvard_Press
July 17-July 22: Naïma Montacer (@naimajeannette) – Environmental Biology Professor at Mountain View College, freelance science writer, and scicomm speaker. Website at EnviroAdventures.com
July 24-July 29: Waqar Ahmed (@Waqar___) – PhD Student in Bioanalytical Sciences and Metabolomics between the University of Manchester and Philips Research B.V.
July 31-August 5: Tania Jenkins (@tania_jenkins) – Science mediator at Musée de zoologie, Lausanne, freelance science outreach, EvoKe project.
August 7-August 12: Florence Schechter (@floschechter) – freelancer, comedian/performer, MD of science film company Collab Lab, founder of world’s first Vagina Museum.
August 14-August 19: Brian Stallard (@BS_butnoBS) & Andrea Alfano (@alfanoar) – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (@CSHL), the Base Pairs #podcast.
August 21-August 26: Pineapples & Whales (@PaW_sci) – Two ecology and evolution nuts distilling research into infographics. Daisy, PhD in evolutionary genetics (algae), & Chloe, PhD student working on population genetics (squirrels).
August 28-September 2: Lisa Stojanovski (@lisastoj) – Scientist of @TMRO. #scicomm with Shell @questacon Science Circus. Future Martian gardener.
September 4-September 9: Ive Velikova (@ivevelikova) – Neuroscience Student @McMasterU, IntroPsych Teaching Assistant, Science YouTuber.
September 11-September 16: Sammy Katta (@sammykatta) – PhD candidate @Stanford, co-founder of NeuWrite West (@stanfordneuro), tickler of worms, hoping to be a science policy fellow.
September 18-September 23: Thomas Woolley (@ThomasEWoolley) – Dr., Mathematical Biologist, Pattern creator and Outreach Extraordinaire. @MathsCU Lecturer at @cardiffuni.
Past Curators – 2016
January 18-24: Matt Wilkins (@mattwilkinsbio) – postdoc in evolutionary biology, writer, scicomm enthusiast
January 25-31: Dr. Mike (@drmikeographer) – podcaster, blogger @ #scicomm website, http://www.drmikeographer.co.uk/
February 1-7: Rebecca Heisman (@r_heisman) – Freelance wildlife/environment writer
February 8-14: Pieter Torrez (@PieterTorrez) – marine biologist, graphic designer, founder of @scigrades
February 22-28: Matthew Facciani (@MatthewFacciani) – neuroscientist turned sociologist; activist for gender equality
Feb 29-March 6: Carla Burgess (@NounAndVerber) – science/nature writer; citizen science
March 7-13: Kat Middleton (@katmidds) – graduate student, scicomm for environmental non-profits
March 21-27: Marina Piccicotto (@MarinaP63) – Yale neuroscientist, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuroscience
April 4-10: Science in the News (@SITNBoston) – PhD student-run organization at Harvard: scicomm to the public
May 9-May 14: Julia Turan (@JuliaTuran) – Master’s student in scicomm and public engagement; science writer
May 23-May 28: Amanda Glaze (@EvoPhD) – Scientist/educator exploring evolution controversy + crossroads of science/public opinion
May 30-June 4: Brilliant Botany (@BrilliantBotany) – blog/YouTube about the amazing world of plants and how we study them
July 25-July 30: Maria Afonso (@helloitsnel) – PhD candidate, veterinary microbiologist @ University of Liverpool, writer, blogger, scicomm and public involvement believer
August 1-August 3: Adrian Dingle (@adchempages) – Chemistry Educator & Author
August 29-September 3: Stephen Granade (@Sargent) – Physicist and Roboticist, director of the Dragon Con science track, host of NASA’s No Small Steps YouTube series.
September 12-September 17: Olga Dobrovidova (@riascience) — science and environment writer, guest lecturer at SciComm ITMO
September 26-October 1: Allie Weill (@Al_R_Wallace) – PhD Candidate at UCDavis, Coordinator for Kids Into Discovering Science & California Phenology Project at Stebbins Reserve, Blogger at
October 3-October 8: Poncie Rutsch (@babescience) – producer of Babes of Science, a podcast chronicling the lives of women in the sciences
October 24-October 29: Kasey Jacobs (@kaseyrjacobs) – Environmental Scientists and Partnership/Communications Coordinator for @caribbean_lcc and @usfs_iitf, @CoastalSociety‘s Comms Chair, Editor of TCS blog
October 31-November 5: Mark E. Griffin (@chunnamark) – Communications Specialist, Wisconsin Energy Institute and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
November 7-November 12: Adam Hart (@adamhartscience) – Professor of Science Communication @uniofglos, citizen science fan, author and broadcaster with BBC
November 21-November 26: Andrew Stapleton (@andyjstapleton) – Science communicator and researcher based in Adelaide, South Australia; presenter and producer of the popular podcast Publish, Perish or Podcast; science/comedy blogger
December 12-December 17: Danya AbdelHameid (@danyaabdel) Undergraduate student at the College of William and Mary, studying Physics and Geology. Interested in effective science communication for underrepresented audiences and creating inclusive spaces for underrepresented minorities in STEM.
December 19-December 23: Laura Mears (@pressxtoskip). Lab escapee turned science storyteller. Writer @HowItWorksmag and @CR_UK. Occasional game developer. Interested in science by stealth.
December 24- January 1: On break! Happy Holidays!
Past Curators – 2015
May 10-17: Lauren S (@LaSaks87)
May 17-24: Amanda Freise (@AmandaFreise)
May 26-31: Nick Wan (@nickwan)
May 31-June 7: Soledad Machado (@SoleLeeCosas)
June 7-14: Paige Jarreau (@FromTheLabBench)
June 14-21: Laura Vican (@LauraVican)
June 21-28: Barbara Shih (@Barbara_Shih)
June 28- July 5: Adam Huttner-Koros (@ATHuttnerKoros)
July 5-12: Aaron Hall (@aaronmikeyhall)
July 12-19: Louise O’Regan (@_weezey)
July 19-26: Georgia Sinimbu (@G_Sinimbu)
July 26-August 2: Georgia Sinimbu (@G_Sinimbu)
August 9-16: Amanda Freise (@AmandaFreise)
August 23-30: Thom Adams (@ThomedyAdams)
September 7-13: Shai Panela (@ShaiPanela)
September 21-27: Melissa Márquez (@mcmsharksxx)
October 5-11: Shaun Mason (@Scone_Mason)
October 12-18: Shannon Farris (@sfarris721)
October 19-25: Alexa Erdogan (@neurostellar)
October 26-November 1: Jules Pottle (@MrSpottle)
November 2-8: Becky Alexis-Martin (@CalamityCake)
November 9-15: Erica Lewis (@the_chemactress)
November 16-22: Alie Caldwell (@alie_astrocyte)
November 23-29: Paul Kennedy (@scientist_kenni)
November 30-December 6: Leah Crane (@DownHereOnEarth)
December 7-13: Jennifer Fehrenbacher (@DeepSeaDrifter)
December 14-20: Sam Andrews (@HoboSci)