Writing About Science Pilot Class
Working with Dr. Andrew Pilsch, Ph. D., of the Texas A&M English department, we developed an independent study that answers the question "How do we write about science?" Reading from Bruno Latour's Science in Action and other works, Pilsch and I dived into the theory, method, and practice of writing about science. This class deepened my love and critical thinking about science communication. Two major projects resulting from this class are:
A Step into an Archaeology Lab
Although this was published for a volunteer group, the inspiration for this assignment was from this class. After it was completed, Dr. Pilsch and I even discussed its strengths and weaknesses. This piece highlights Texas A&M's the Center for Study of the First Americans, talking with then students Morgan Smith and Osbaldo Alvarez. As of Summer 2020, Dr. Morgan Smith, Ph. D., is now an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Osbaldo Alvarez is a field archaeologist working on location across Texas.
The simple task is to correctly interpret data to tell a story. Mine highlighted the year old Hurricane Harvey rainfalls. Using CoCoRaHS weather data information, I shared how communities helped meteorologists understand what's happening on the ground during Harvey--and how individuals can continue to help meteorologists in the future.