Science writing is for everyone.
Science communication does a crucial job: it links research - and the scientists who carry it out - to the public. Everyone from curious elementary school kids to policymakers uses it. The most effective and, arguably, important science writing isn't just about clearly conveying new scientific information - it's about the narrative of how science is done and who's doing it. The power in good science communication lies in its ability to simultaneously welcome, educate, and inspire people.
In this sense, having diverse and inclusive science communication is critical. How science and scientists are represented in the media can directly influence people's perception of who can participate in science. If we want STEM fields to be more diverse and inclusive, we have to reflect that in our media.
Our "backup" coffee bean may not be reliable
Microplastics in the air, our soils, and our food
I serve as editor for the Michigan AWIS blog, which I created to elevate the voices of women in STEM in the Michigan community. My work with this has focused on providing these women a platform to share their stories and highlight the work they're doing, but I look forward to writing more personal pieces in the future.
An interview with Dr. Sierra Petersen, Michigan AWIS's faculty advisor.
Upcoming: Stories of undergrads finishing their senior theses as the pandemic hit
Beyond sharing individuals' stories, I plan to expand my writing to cover the intersection of science, feminism, and race. Each of these social factors impacts who is able to participate in science and shapes their experiences - too often, detrimentally.