Title :

Science Stories: Communicating Science as Career, Hobby, or Habit

Abstract :

Whether it’s a new, better battery material, a company with controversial new drug, or tracking the impacts of climate change, science is an important part of the news. Science journalists translate research from the lab for public audiences—and they rely on working scientists to be a part of that process. Jessica Marshall will speak about the ins and outs of producing chemistry news for C&EN readers, and she’ll discuss her prior work as a freelance science writer. She’ll also talk about ways that working scientists can improve their communication—whether in speaking with other scientists or as sources for the news media. Science communication can be a rewarding career for science graduates—and those who remain at the bench can increase their work’s impact by clear communication. This session will discuss both roles: science communicator and communicating scientist. Come join the conversation.

About the Speaker:

Jessica Marshall is an associate editor at Chemical & Engineering News. Prior to joining C&EN, she spent a decade as a freelance science and environment writer. Her work appeared in Nature, TheAtlantic.com, Discover, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, New Scientist, and other outlets. She contributed to The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish and Prosper in the Digital Age. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. Prior to that, she earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S.E. in chemical engineering at Princeton University.  She lives in Seattle with her husband and three children.