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15 January 2021
If ever there was a shaky time, this is one. I can say that from the perspective of my years. But for kids, it’s the only time they know. So I’m especially impressed at the ones who speak up, and I’m finding them all over the world. I want to draw and quote them all — whether they’re famous (Nobel prize contenders like Greta Thunberg, who just turned 18 last week) or not, part of worldwide initiatives or lone actors.
13 January 2021
I’ve always enjoyed art and exercising my creativity. Although I chose a career in science – studying Biomedical Sciences, followed by a research Master’s and currently my PhD in Microbiology, art is a vital component of my self-care routine. It helps me unwind, but is also highly rewarding with an end product that I’m proud of.
8 January 2021
Happy New Year! Here’s a comic for the new year that looks back at some of the damage done. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to 2021. How about you? It helps to have rose-colored glasses, otherwise known as a positive view. This could come from an excess of irrational optimism. Or it could come from young activists who often hashtag posts about their activities to fight climate change with #fridaysforfuture.
4 January 2021
If you attended Fall Meeting this year or followed us on social media, you may have noticed some hand-drawn depictions of scientists’ research. We asked scientists at the meeting to draw their research through our #sketchyourscience campaign.
3 January 2021
Happy New Year! Let’s share a cup of something-or-other for days of time gone by — even if it’s champagne to express our joy at seeing the back of 2020.
25 December 2020
Pete and Paty were going to Antarctica to study dimethylsulfoniopropronionate, a material produced by plankton. DMSP, as it’s called, may impact the plankton’s predators, as well as cloud formation and climate. Just reading that name used to make me break out in a sweat.
21 December 2020
For each webinar, we’ve created additional content to convey key points via multiple mediums. I’ve taken to TikTok and Reels to create scicomm videos with my dog. Our own Olivia Ambrogio has flexed her artistic drawing skills by creating <1-minute animations as well as animated webinar summaries. And our graphic design department has been putting together infographic summaries.
18 December 2020
March 2018 found me aboard the Gould with a small team of scientists from the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science in East Boothbay Harbor, Maine. I’d met Dr. Pete Countway on a research ship in the Pacific years before, where we dived in the submersible Alvin to explore hydrothermal vents — and, for Pete, the deep-sea microbial life there. Now he was taking his studies to surface microbes, phaeocystis plankton.
16 December 2020
I didn’t think I’d ever use a mask to communicate science, but here I am! Due to COVID-19, masks became a requirement for in-person activities. I enjoy science communication and outreach, and I knew I would still be doing in-person activities this semester, so I decided I would give “masked science” a try.