Episode 050: Meet Wildlife #SciComm-er Ashley Gary

ngss scicomm twitter wildlife Oct 02, 2019
 

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Summary:

Meet wildlife #SciComm-er, Ashley Gary. In this episode of the NGSNavigators Podcast, we learn about the importance of being a science communicator (SEP: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information) and all about Ashley’s career journey as a wildlife SciComm-er.

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Show Highlights

  • 02:30 - 06:30    Introduction to Ashley and the field of #SciComm
  • 06:30 - 11:00    How Ashley's art history background helps her SciComm work
  • 11:30 - 18:30    Fighting imposter syndrome with fact-checking and hard work
  • 18:30 - 28:00    Ashley's work online & building science community on Instagram & Twitter
  • 28:30 - 33:00    Combatting the perceived elitism of science
  • 33:30 - 49:00    Science tools and knowledge Ashley thinks are important for science education and accessibility PLUS some of her favorite science resources

 Show Quotes 

"Science Communications is taking all the cool things that people [scientists] do and making it accessible to the public. Because science is for everyone, so how can we not talk to the public about it? Science is in every single thing that we do, and it's only right that people can have that foundation of understanding so that they can use that as they wish and make better decisions in their lives or better understand what's going on about climate change or something in politics."  [4:50-5:25] Ashley Gary

"For me the first step of science communication is fact checking. Because you can't talk to people and not know what you're talking about. You can't talk to people and put out something false. We have so much of that. There are so many people who are unwilling to face the facts and face the truth because it's counter to what they believe."  [12:25-12:45] Ashley Gary

"It's just amazing what we can do with technology now, and with people having more interest in having people understand the sciences and in breaking down those barriers between the public and scientists. And saying 'I think we're through with this elitism.'" [43:00-43:15] Ashley Gary

"It's not easy to do, but with practice anybody can be a science communicator. It's not just for scientists. It's not just for communicators. Anybody and everybody can be a science communicator. So if you want to do it, then do it. Just make sure your facts are right." [49:25-49:45] Ashley Gary

 

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