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Communication | Ep 03 | Science Writer, Sheeva Azma, of Fancy Comma, LLC Conversations with a Wannabe Scientist

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Season 02 (Communication) | Ep 03 | Sheeva Azma of Fancy Comma, LLC


In this episode, our host Nicole Felts interviews Sheeva Azma, owner of Fancy Comma, LLC. Sheeva is an MIT and Georgetown grad who spent 10 years as a cognitive neuroscience researcher.


In 2020, just a month before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Sheeva founded Fancy Comma, a science writing company that supports people and organizations in all sectors, including industry, nonprofit, academia, government, and the medical field.


Join us as we explore what a career is like as a science writer!

In this episode, Sheeva shares with us

How scientific literacy is the guiding light for her career





Making the transition from scientific research into science writing





Her reflections on sustainability as a freelance science writer





During this episode, we have in-depth conversations about

The importance of networking and connectivity in science careers





Diversity of ideas, community diversity, and workforce diversity





Adapting and learning as you do work in the field





From this episode, you can expect to learn

What the difference is between science journalism and science communication





How to tackle topics that scare you






Timestamps
2:21 - Sheeva talks about how she got into science writing


11:06 - Bridging the gap between science and SciComm


34:59 - Making science culture more inclusive and collaborative


42:02 - The role of scientists in policymaking


45:00 - Entrepreneurship as a science writer


49:31 - Sheeva's book and starting as a science writer


55:42 - Different types of science writing: content writing, copywriting (marketing writing), and science journalism


1:01:50 - What motivates Sheeva in her current work, and her current career goals


1:05:51 - Sheeva’s day-to-day routine and tools she uses to get work done


1:15:53 - The most exciting projects Sheeva’s worked on in the COVID-19 pandemic


1:21:59 - Important skills or traits needed in science writing


1:25:00 - Challenges as an independent business owner and freelancer


1:32:56 - Sheeva’s writing (and thoughts) on sustainability


Correction: at 1 hour & 41 minutes, Sheeva stated that Qatar was in OPEC, but as she later informed us via email, Qatar left OPEC in 2019. The full list of nations is here: https://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/about_us/25.htm.



Connect with Sheeva
Sheeva’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Website


Fancy Comma’s Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Website


Sheeva's Work
Sheeva’s book, How to Get Started in Freelance Science Writing


Science Writing Was Worth It. It Just Took Longer Than I Thought, The Xylom by Sheeva Azma


Scientists Push Back Against Retracted Nature Communications Study on Women Pls, The Xylom by Sheeva Azma


Does Brain Training Really Work?, The Motley Fool by Sheeva Azma


Resources Sheeva mentioned
Sheeva’s go-to freelancing tools: Recurpost, Ahrefs, QuickBooks, WordPress


MIT Knight School of Journalism handbook - The MIT KSJ Handbook contains helpful info for aspiring science writers, and specifically, science journalists.


Science’s Exclusionary Language: Why Jargon May Be Driving Away Your Audience, The Fancy Comma Blog, by Stephanie Paoli


For Effective Science Advocacy, Focus on Shared Values, and Speak Up Often, Union for Concerned Scientists Blog, by Sheeva Azma


Sheeva’s interview on the STEM-E Interviews podcast


The Open Notebook, a website dedicated to all things science writing


The Writers’ Co-op Podcast


The National Association of Science Writers, a trade organization for science writers


Free mentoring for aspiring journalists: Digital Women Leaders and Journalism Mentors


#SciCommChat, hosted by @SciCommClub, run by Nidhi Parekh


Resources Nicole mentioned
And, But, Therefore (ABT) Narrative Blitz - June 9th, 202

The latest episode of Conversations with a Wannabe Scientist is now LIVE on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Podbean!



Season 02 (Communication) | Ep 03 | Sheeva Azma of Fancy Comma, LLC


In this episode, our host Nicole Felts interviews Sheeva Azma, owner of Fancy Comma, LLC. Sheeva is an MIT and Georgetown grad who spent 10 years as a cognitive neuroscience researcher.


In 2020, just a month before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Sheeva founded Fancy Comma, a science writing company that supports people and organizations in all sectors, including industry, nonprofit, academia, government, and the medical field.


Join us as we explore what a career is like as a science writer!

In this episode, Sheeva shares with us

How scientific literacy is the guiding light for her career





Making the transition from scientific research into science writing





Her reflections on sustainability as a freelance science writer





During this episode, we have in-depth conversations about

The importance of networking and connectivity in science careers





Diversity of ideas, community diversity, and workforce diversity





Adapting and learning as you do work in the field





From this episode, you can expect to learn

What the difference is between science journalism and science communication





How to tackle topics that scare you






Timestamps
2:21 - Sheeva talks about how she got into science writing


11:06 - Bridging the gap between science and SciComm


34:59 - Making science culture more inclusive and collaborative


42:02 - The role of scientists in policymaking


45:00 - Entrepreneurship as a science writer


49:31 - Sheeva's book and starting as a science writer


55:42 - Different types of science writing: content writing, copywriting (marketing writing), and science journalism


1:01:50 - What motivates Sheeva in her current work, and her current career goals


1:05:51 - Sheeva’s day-to-day routine and tools she uses to get work done


1:15:53 - The most exciting projects Sheeva’s worked on in the COVID-19 pandemic


1:21:59 - Important skills or traits needed in science writing


1:25:00 - Challenges as an independent business owner and freelancer


1:32:56 - Sheeva’s writing (and thoughts) on sustainability


Correction: at 1 hour & 41 minutes, Sheeva stated that Qatar was in OPEC, but as she later informed us via email, Qatar left OPEC in 2019. The full list of nations is here: https://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/about_us/25.htm.



Connect with Sheeva
Sheeva’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Website


Fancy Comma’s Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Website


Sheeva's Work
Sheeva’s book, How to Get Started in Freelance Science Writing


Science Writing Was Worth It. It Just Took Longer Than I Thought, The Xylom by Sheeva Azma


Scientists Push Back Against Retracted Nature Communications Study on Women Pls, The Xylom by Sheeva Azma


Does Brain Training Really Work?, The Motley Fool by Sheeva Azma


Resources Sheeva mentioned
Sheeva’s go-to freelancing tools: Recurpost, Ahrefs, QuickBooks, WordPress


MIT Knight School of Journalism handbook - The MIT KSJ Handbook contains helpful info for aspiring science writers, and specifically, science journalists.


Science’s Exclusionary Language: Why Jargon May Be Driving Away Your Audience, The Fancy Comma Blog, by Stephanie Paoli


For Effective Science Advocacy, Focus on Shared Values, and Speak Up Often, Union for Concerned Scientists Blog, by Sheeva Azma


Sheeva’s interview on the STEM-E Interviews podcast


The Open Notebook, a website dedicated to all things science writing


The Writers’ Co-op Podcast


The National Association of Science Writers, a trade organization for science writers


Free mentoring for aspiring journalists: Digital Women Leaders and Journalism Mentors


#SciCommChat, hosted by @SciCommClub, run by Nidhi Parekh


Resources Nicole mentioned
And, But, Therefore (ABT) Narrative Blitz - June 9th, 202

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