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We crave advanced-user conversations with other mid-career scicomm professionals (like us!) so we can learn and grow together, and check each other when we need it. Let’s dig into branding, projects that matter, privilege, and inclusive science communication, with actionable, tangible steps to level up. Join us!

We crave advanced-user conversations with other mid-career scicomm professionals (like us!) so we can learn and grow together, and check each other when we need it. Let’s dig into branding, projects that matter, privilege, and inclusive science communication, with actionable, tangible steps to level up. Join us!

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United States

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We crave advanced-user conversations with other mid-career scicomm professionals (like us!) so we can learn and grow together, and check each other when we need it. Let’s dig into branding, projects that matter, privilege, and inclusive science communication, with actionable, tangible steps to level up. Join us!

Language:

English


Episodes

Let’s give ‘em something to talk about: Season 1 close-out Q&A

12/2/2021
In this episode, we’re really talking with you about scicomm. We are answering YOUR questions, and we’re excited to rove widely through topics and questions you’ve sent us. We touch on the big picture and the nitty gritty of: Our hot takes? We also shout-out The Writer’s Co-op (https://www.thewriterscooppod.com/), a podcast about running a freelance writing business. We mention TWC while talking about career transitions including freelancing. While we’re on break, TWC might fill the...

Duration:00:37:25

Balance, schmalance

11/24/2021
We (Bethann and Virginia, not the collective ‘we’) actively resist the notion of “work-life balance”. It has too many vibes of work and life being mutually exclusive, as if they’re balanced against each other on a scale. And, in a lot of #SciComm, work and life are already so stinkin’ integrated. So, we lean into the framework of “work-life harmony”. We aim for getting work done and fulfilling ourselves along the way. This gets complicated when we’re doing scicomm for someone...

Duration:00:27:44

Grappling with our science wife identity

11/18/2021
Our last episode for this season will be an open Q&A. Send us your questions, ideas, puzzles and dilemmas by November 22, and we’ll fit in as many as we can for the December 2 episode! There’s a lotta baggage around being someone’s partner, especially a wife, especially in science. These issues leak over into scicomm for many folks, whether you’re a ‘science wife’ or navigating some other kind of partnership. This week, we tackle: Dig in for yourself: Take some time to yourself today,...

Duration:00:31:11

Drop everything... for something new

11/11/2021
Our last episode for this season will be an open Q&A. Send us your questions, ideas, puzzles and dilemmas by November 22, and we’ll fit in as many as we can for the December 2 episode! There's a whole sticky mess of having time vs. making time, and it can drag you down, make you question your sense of accomplishment, and even put you at odds with folks you care about. This week, we tackle some ways of re-thinking time, timelines, and commitments. There’s the friction of timelines in...

Duration:00:19:44

The privilege of volunteering

11/4/2021
No one can decide what you do for free but you. Volunteering is often a portal into relationships and career experience. It’s also a way to give back to our community or professional environments. But, unpaid labor is often exploitative (or not possible for some of us). It’s a rotten conundrum. ⚖ An equitable system should do away with volunteer opportunities and every opportunity should instead come with payment or other meaningful compensation. 💸 However, we gotta recognize that the...

Duration:00:25:57

Why I don't help people (for free)

10/28/2021
Being a good person means helping people for free and being a good business person means NOT helping people for free. So there has to be some kind of middle ground here for professionals. But how do you decide who you help and when? Saying no is complicated. You’re weighing a lot: When navigating this obstacle course, we assert: Audit your own process: Who are the last five people you said no to helping for free? What did they have in common? Do your answers match your goals? BONUS! 🎁...

Duration:00:20:56

This is the beginning (or not) of a beautiful friendship

10/21/2021
We are going to assume that #1: you agree that we could all benefit from expanding our networks, but #2: there’s a cultural treatment of networking as if it has a bad aftertaste. 🤢 There are some real challenges here: Examine your own feelings about networking: How do you get info about people you don’t already know? What concrete steps can you take to build on that? We propose: https://thesiswhisperer.com/2020/02/05/academic-spy-networks-and-why-you-need-one/ *** Join this...

Duration:00:26:09

Branding is not a dirty word

10/14/2021
We have a love/hate relationship with branding, as in: we love to use branding to share the goods while we loathe some aspects of the system branding happens in. But we talk to lots of people who feel that branding themselves or their work is moldy-peach gross. Plus, branding seems to run counter to traditional science assumptions: We get where that comes from. We were trained that way too. But we say NO to those assumptions. We argue that: Examine your own relationship with...

Duration:00:16:34

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, is the resume or CV the fairest of all?

10/7/2021
Instead of CVs and resumes being a tally, how can we think differently about CVs and resumes to get an extra career boost out of them? Lately, we’ve tried: Two tips to shift the way you present yourself in just a few minutes: Knowing your "why" is adjacent to setting attainable, measurable goals and will set you up to productively work more on this later. *** Join this conversation: follow us here and say hello (we’d love to know how reframing your position title impacts your sense of...

Duration:00:21:41

Goals in science communication— life raft or dead weight?

9/30/2021
How can we set and use scicomm goals so they lift us up instead of drag us down? We suggest: How to get started setting your own goals in just a few minutes: Knowing the why is adjacent to setting attainable, measurable goals and will set you up to productively work more on this later. *** Join this conversation: follow us here and say hello (we’d love to know your why!) on Twitter with @MeteorSciComm (https://www.twitter.com/meteorscicomm). Listen to the full episode...

Duration:00:21:38

What we think scicomm needs

9/23/2021
We want to talk more with fellow science communication professionals (like you!), and we have lots of opinions! We think scicomm needs: Which is why we made Meteor! (https://meteorscicomm.org/) We want to talk with STEM professionals who are exploring science communication as a component of their career and with people who are pursuing a full-time scicomm position within an institution or as an entrepreneur. No matter what your plan with science communication is, we want to help you do it...

Duration:00:16:42

Meteor trailer— welcome to the podcast!

9/16/2021
Where are mid-career science communicators (like us) supposed to go to level up? We crave deep conversations about advanced scicomm so we can grow and check ourselves when people disagree with us. And talking to each other and our peers helps us grow. So, we are opening up our conversations so that we can learn from folks with other perspectives and other folks can potentially grow with us. Which is why we made Meteor! (https://meteorscicomm.org/) Meteor episodes will explore science...

Duration:00:01:55