We are beyond thrilled to congratulate Chodera lab postdoc Sonya Hanson for being accepted into the inaugural Scientific Communication Summer Bootcamp at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science! The Center, founded by the veteran director/actor/writer Alan Alda (M*A*S*H, The West Wing, QED, and PBS' Scientific American Frontiers), strives to enhance public understanding of science by working with young scientists and health professionals to develop effective skills for disseminating and communicating science.
The Bootcamp is an intensive week-long program designed to aid scientists in honing their ability to communicate clearly with the public in a multitude of forums, training that is essential for supporting a healthy scientific enterprise in the United State, but which is far too often overlooked in science training programs. For those interested in what an intensive training program in science communication can look like, the Alda Center has posted the full Bootcamp program agenda online.
Sonya has been engaged in scientific communication and outreach activities throughout her career. She is a former editor of the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable, maintains an active twitter feed and science blog covering a newsworthy science-related topics, blogs about her research into anticancer therapeutics on the Folding@home blog, was recently a featured guest blogger for the Biophysical Society, and a champion of open source salads.
Stay tuned for more from Sonya on her experiences at the Science Communication Summer Bootcamp.