AST Colloquium: Science Outreach and Writing As Career Paths

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Astrophysical Sciences and Technology Colloquium
Science Outreach and Writing As Career Paths

Dr. Sarah Scoles
Freelance Science Writer

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Often, people studying science have a single, straightforward idea of how their career path will go. That path usually begins and ends in academia. Within the broader scientific enterprise, though, alternative careers exist and provide a meaningful way to contribute to the research world. Two of those potential careers involve working in science outreach and science writing: In these roles, one both explains and helps others explore science, through investigation and contextualization. Both paths also involve sharing research with people who aren't, or aren't yet, part of it, along the way often revealing the backstories, implications, and human side of research. In this talk, Scoles will discuss what science outreach and writing are, what her own path in both fields has looked like, how scientific training prepares people for this work, what kinds of jobs exist, what their day-to- day implementation looks like, and how to get started.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Sarah Scoles is a freelance science writer, contributing writer at WIRED Science, and the author of Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers, and Mass Defect: Life in the New Nuclear Age (forthcoming). Previously, she worked as a public education specialist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

Intended Audience:
All are welcome. Those with interest in the topic.

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When and Where
October 25, 2021
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
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Open to the Public

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