‘To create a new voice’

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Thomas Baldwin Formalizing science-communication training for graduate students
by Thomas O. Baldwin

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scientists’ stories

Shirin Mesbah ‘My responsibility’
by Shirin Mesbah
Jon Sudduth ‘The situation is not the politicians’ fault’
by Jon Sudduth
Cole Symanski ‘The importance of personal branding’
by Cole Symanski
Lisa Tang ‘Know your audience’
by Lisa Tang

Seven years ago, when I was struggling to decide on my college major, I was torn between psychology and writing. Eventually, psychology won out, and I put my writing career on hold — hoping that one day I could integrate writing into some other career.
Now I’m in graduate school, where science and research take up the vast majority of my time. I was excited recently to take a class in which I could polish my writing skills and use my newly acquired skills in science to create a new voice as a science writer … I have had the opportunity to meet with several local science writers and to collaborate with fellow students on two articles. In addition, through the course, I was introduced to an opportunity for a summer science-writing internship — an opportunity I actively sought.
This course has taught me new techniques on packaging the science I write about to make it relevant and interesting to others. These are skills I will take with me throughout my career.

Sarah ReinhardSarah Reinhard is pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience.