“Nothing in science has any value to society if it is not communicated…”
– Anne Roe, clinical psychologist
For the third year, the Heising-Simons Foundation is excited to support the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in its competitive fellowship program that connects scientists and journalists to better communicate complex science ideas to all audiences.
The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program places exceptional junior scientists in newsrooms such as CNN, KQED, and NPR to report on science topics, including physics, engineering, cosmology, and climate science. For 10 weeks over the summer, media fellows collaborate with senior editors at these prominent media organizations and produce high-quality scientific reporting, while also sharpening their own skills as science communicators.
The Heising-Simons Foundation’s Science program is proud to sponsor the following five fellows this summer:
North Carolina State University, Fiber and Polymer Science
Assignment: Los Angeles Times
“I currently hold an internship in the Office of Public Science for the NC State College of Sciences, which has allowed me to pursue public outreach and engagement activities and given me a new passion for citizen science.” Read her full bio here.
UC Santa Barbara, Mechanical Engineering
“Although my current focus is in biomaterials, I’ve had lots of fun meandering through different research fields. I’ve examined environmental and social impacts of cellphones, pondered hummingbird flight mechanics, broken solar panels, and assisted with cadaver studies of biomedical devices.” Read her full bio here.
Northwestern University, Environmental Engineering
Assignment: Sacramento Bee
“Outside of the lab, I am an avid science communicator. I regularly contribute to HELIX Magazine, Northwestern’s online science magazine, writing about topics that I find fascinating like bioluminescent bacteria and argyria, an obscure medical condition that results in blue skin.” Read her full bio here.
Congratulations to the 2017 media fellows!