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Scientific community/Science communication

Join us on Friday December 6 at 12 PM EST for our next SciEngage discussion! We’ll be hearing about the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program, established by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1995. The DoSER program facilitates communication and engagement between scientific and religious communities, recognizing that these often overlap.

Sunshine Menezes hopes that one day, the “inclusive” part of the hashtag #InclusiveSciComm won’t be necessary -- all science communication will be inclusive by default. To bring together some of the many disparate conversations and notable work being done toward that goal, Menezes, associate professor of environmental communication at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and executive director of the Metcalf Institute, organized the first Inclusive SciComm Symposium in 2018, in collaboration with a national planning committee. It was by all accounts a big success, and the second one was recently held on September 27-29, 2019.

Merritt Turetsky is a carbon cycle scientist. She studies thawing permafrost and how it affects the climate system. This is important because permafrost contains more than twice as much carbon as is currently in the atmosphere. As permafrost thaws due to climate change, it releases this carbon and thereby accelerates climate change. But Turetsky says she has come to realize she “can’t just work on carbon cycling anymore. I have to work on a variety of topics that affect Northerners,” and be part of finding solutions for those impacted by thawing permafrost.

The 2020 Communicating Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 in Seattle, WA at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

How can science communication be rejuvenating instead of exhausting for scientists? That’s a question Julie Lesnik found herself asking over the course of her year as a AAAS Leshner Public Engagement Fellow. Several losses in her personal life made her realize she needed to let go of her main public engagement project to preserve the energy to fulfill her basic responsibilities (Lesnik is an assistant professor of anthropology at Wayne State University).