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Hosted by Associate Professor Jen Martin and Dr Michael Wheeler, Let’s Talk SciComm is a podcast from the University of Melbourne’s Science Communication Teaching Program. Listen for advice, tips and interviews about how to communicate science in effective and engaging ways.
Show notes, transcripts and more info: https://go.unimelb.edu.au/ty8e

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Hosted by Associate Professor Jen Martin and Dr Michael Wheeler, Let’s Talk SciComm is a podcast from the University of Melbourne’s Science Communication Teaching Program. Listen for advice, tips and interviews about how to communicate science in effective and engaging ways.
Show notes, transcripts and more info: https://go.unimelb.edu.au/ty8e

    72. Interview with Brian Lin from EurekAlert!

    72. Interview with Brian Lin from EurekAlert!

    This week we had the great pleasure of speaking with Brian Lin in Washington DC. Brian oversees EurekAlert!, a non-profit news release distribution platform operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has more than two decades of experience as a science communicator, having interned at a national daily technology TV show in Canada before serving as a press officer for 13 years at the University of British Columbia, where he helped communicate scientific and medical research while developing and delivering media training for faculty and students. Since joining AAAS in 2014, he has more than tripled web traffic at EurekAlert! and led the development of a new platform that launched in 2021. His current focus is expanding access to EurekAlert! in low- and middle-income countries and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in and through science communication.
    You can follow Brian and learn more about his work here: 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianlinworks/
    https://www.twitter.com/brianlinworks
    https://blog.eurekalert.org/ - The EurekAlert! Science Communication blog
    https://www.eurekalert.org/resources - The Eurekalert! Resources center for journalists and Press officers
    http://www.wired.com/2016/05/internet-hub-science-news-shaping-world-20-years/ - A Wired.com story about EurekAlert! at their 20th anniversary

    • 30 min
    71. Interview with Marnie Ogg, a leader in science-based tourism

    71. Interview with Marnie Ogg, a leader in science-based tourism

    Welcome back to Season 10 of Let’s Talk SciComm! We’re thrilled to be back with you for another season of fantastic conversations exploring how we can all communicate about science in more effective and engaging ways.

    To get the season off to an amazing start, we’re thrilled to have caught up with science tourism and dark skies guru, Marnie Ogg. With over 17 years of experience as a Managing Director at Dark Sky Traveller, Marnie has seamlessly combined a passion for astronomy, tourism, and conservation to curate unique and unforgettable experiences for travellers and communities alike. As a dedicated Dark Sky Defender, Marnie holds a Diploma of Psychology and a Diplome de Francaise, leveraging these qualifications to champion the protection and promotion of the night environment, while educating and inspiring diverse audiences.

    Among her notable achievements are securing the designation of Australia's first Dark Sky Place, founding and spearheading the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance, orchestrating a Guinness World Record attempt, and managing a pivotal report for the Commonwealth Government on light pollution. Through these endeavors, Marnie has developed skills in facilitation, public speaking, project management, and conservation, all while striving to leave a positive and enduring impact on our world.

    You can follow Marnie and learn more about her work here: 

    https://www.darkskytraveller.com.au/

    https://www.facebook.com/DarkSkyTraveller/

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/marnie-ogg-0b36877b/

    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/dark-sky-conversations/id1464617065 (Marnie’s podcast) 

    Transcript: https://go.unimelb.edu.au/9ot8

    • 32 min
    70. Interview with Dr Samantha Grover

    70. Interview with Dr Samantha Grover

    To finish Season 9 of Let’s Talk SciComm, we had a truly wonderful conversation with Dr Samantha Grover, who leads the Soil-Atmosphere-Anthroposphere Lab at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

    Sam’s team explores the interconnections between food, climate change and people. They collaborate with farmers, NGOs, industry, government and other researchers around the world to more sustainably manage landscapes. They focus on high carbon systems such as peatlands, regenerative agriculture and composting. As a soil scientist, Sam applies techniques from soil physics, soil chemistry and soil microbiology with micrometeorology to explore the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. She collaborates with economists, social scientists, policy analysist as well as other biological and physical scientists to generate whole-of-system knowledge. Through her teaching of Bachelors and Masters of Environmental Science, as well as her public engagement as a Superstar of STEM, President of Soil Science Australia, VIC, various Board and Committee roles and growing media profile, she communicates her research to create impact.

    We talked with Sam about the many different types of science communication she’s involved with, including giving a TED talk and writing a children’s book. Sam has a wealth of scicomm experience and knowledge to share and we’re sure you’ll enjoy the conversation!

    You can follow Sam and learn more about her work here:

    https://www.rmit.edu.au/contact/staff-contacts/academic-staff/g/grover-dr-samantha

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/samantha-grover-169017186/

    https://twitter.com/drsoilsam

    https://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.org.au/profile/dr-samantha-grover/

    https://theleadershipfilm.org/samantha-grover/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wKA6JQQBSE (Sam’s TED talk)

    https://www.publish.csiro.au/book/7464/ (Sam’s book Exploring Soils).

    https://www.twma.com.au/channel/sharing-transdisciplinary-soil-stories-by-dr-samantha-grover/

    • 31 min
    69. How to be strategic when communicating science

    69. How to be strategic when communicating science

    This week Jen and Michael had a wonderful conversation with Professor John Besley about strategic science communication. John studies public opinion about science and scientists’ opinions about the public. His goal is to help science communicators be more effective by helping them consider evidence-based and strategic communication choices. He also does research aimed at understanding how peoples’ views about decision-makers and decision processes (i.e., trustworthiness and fairness beliefs) affect their overall perceptions of science and technology (S&T).

    John has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. This work has appeared in high-ranking journals including Risk Analysis, Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, and the Journal of Risk Research as well as a range of edited volumes. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and a range of foundations. He is the associate editor for risk communication for Risk Analysis.

    In addition to his regular research, John was the lead author for the 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 National Science Board chapters on public attitudes and knowledge about science and technology. Michigan State University awarded John its William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award in 2021 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) honored him as a fellow in 2018. In 2013, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication awarded him the Hillier-Krieghbaum Under 40 Award.

    You can follow John and learn more about his work here:

    https://comartsci.msu.edu/our-people/john-c-besley

    https://www.instagram.com/johnbesley/

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-c-besley-880a468/

    http://strategicsciencecommunication.com/ (John and Anthony’s book)

    https://www.press.jhu.edu/books/title/12411/strategic-science-communication

    • 30 min
    68. Interview with Jessie Panazzolo, the lonely conservationist

    68. Interview with Jessie Panazzolo, the lonely conservationist

    What a wonderful conversation we had with Jessie Panazzolo this week! Jessie is the founder of Lonely Conservationists, a global online community working to help conservationists thrive by providing a platform to be heard, a strong community foundation and educational resources about caring for conservationists. Lonely Conservationists has become a pioneering platform in creating a space for environmentalists across the globe by giving them a safe space to share and normalise their lived experiences in the field.

    You can follow Jessie and learn more about her work here:

    https://lonelyconservationists.com/

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessie-panazzolo-996293a2/

    https://www.stemwomen.org.au/profile/jessie-panazzolo

    https://conservationoptimism.org/meet-the-optimists-jessie-panazzolo/

    https://www.instagram.com/lonelyconservationists/

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOnZMK29gHZ6WaQ6k9JPWcQ

    • 31 min
    67. How to put Figures First!

    67. How to put Figures First!

    This week we had a fascinating conversation with visual science communicator extraordinaire Dr Sarah Treit. With a PhD in Neuroscience, ~25 peer-reviewed publications, and a 5-year H-index of 16, Sarah combines a strong research track record with a passion for communicating science through visuals. Through her company, Figures First, Sarah provides grant application support, including peer-review style feedback, writing, editing, and creation of visually appealing and impactful figures to help Investigators craft their story. She also shares her enthusiasm and knowledge through workshops and educational services for graduate students, faculty and other researchers.

    You can follow Sarah and learn more about her work here:

    https://www.figuresfirst.ca

    https://figuresfirst.thrivecart.com/fundamentals-of-effective-figure-design

    https://www.instagram.com/figures.first

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-treit-phd/

    https://www.tiktok.com/@figures.first

    • 28 min

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