What I Call My Fun

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I grew up outside of Philadelphia, in the home of a trauma nurse and biophysicist.  It shouldn't come as a surprise then that engrained in me is a passion for working with people and understanding how the universe works.  I love to combine them through through science communication.   

Like all homes, we had our sacred texts.  From my mother, lessons in communication, taking care, cooking, and remedies for any malady came from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing and the battered pages of an unidentifiable recipe book she shared from her mother (also a nurse and adventuress).

So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.
— Florence Nightingale
I recently got to tag along to South Korea where they brought my international super-star Trauma Mama to help improve their new trauma hospital system. 

I recently got to tag along to South Korea where they brought my international super-star Trauma Mama to help improve their new trauma hospital system. 

With my dad, you could talk poetry and fluid dynamics and everything in between, but there was always one text above the rest.  Regardless of the question I asked, somewhere in the conversation one or both of us would make an argument that started with, "Well, in Guns, Germs and Steel...The book explores the geographical and environmental influneces that have determined what we see in modern societies.  The author, Evolutionary Biologist Jared Diamond, is one of my favourite science communication writers.  His storytelling is so engaging because pours his passion for people and his work, like spending years with tribes in Papua New Guinea.

 In 2015 I got to live with an amazing family and teach their three kids through distance ed.  They owned and OPERATED a coconut and cocoa plantation on Kar Kar Island, Papua New Guinea.

I’d rather spend my leisure time doing what some people call my work, and I call my fun.
— Jared Diamond

His work has influenced me many times over the years, I also studied Evolutionary Biology, and could not resist the opportunity to work in PNG for a few months after hearing his stories my whole life. 

I am in the second year of my doctoral thesis about science communication, and while I am still working (hello to my supervisors - I'm doing academic writing too!), the desire to tell stories is bursting out of me, which is how this blog arose. 

I'm hoping to explore three major topics with all of you at there:

  1. SciComm Research:  There is A LOT of fascinating research I'm uncovering while writing my thesis and if I don't tell someone about it my brain is going to explode because it is too cool to keep to myself.

  2. Science + SciComm Events:  There is A LOT of fascinating stuff happening in Dunedin and around Otago that get people involved with science and science communication, and I want to aggregate, get excited about, promote, and review some of that here.

  3. The Life Part:  There is A LOT of fascinating things that happen in life and to me almost all of them are related to scicomm, or at least deserve to be observed with that lens, and its nice to share about them every so often. 

I'll be looking to do my next post next weekend on an awesome microscopic DIY project that I would love all of you to do at home too!  Until then feel free to have a look around the site and...

Here's to life, science communication, and what I call my fun!