Episode 32

Science Communication

Jenn Blanchet

Feb 23, 2021 | Science

Jenn Blanchet is a teacher, and science communicator. We talk about scicomm, and the place of artists in science!

About This Episode

In this episode, I speak with Jenn Blanchet. Jenn has worked as a Science Communicator with Science North, and now works as a teacher. We talk about science communication for the public by non-scientists, the important role that artists play in scicomm, and the joys of sharing knowledge with different audiences.

Topics and Timestamps

 

  • Introduction (0:00:30)
  • What is Science North?(0:01:33)
  • The animals at Science North (0:04:31)
  • Jenn’s background (0:07:26)
  • The controversy of scicomm when you’re not a scientist (0:12:45)
  • The importance of simplifying scientific knowledge (0:18:51)
  • The science community should work with artists (0:21:30)
  • Grad programs in scicomm (0:25:07)
  • Jenn Learns Stuff video series (0:28:15)
  • Scicomm on TikTok and other video mediums (0:34:54)
  • Targeting audiences (0:36:44)
  • Science North theatre shows (0:39:18)
  • Bizarre questions from the public (0:40:56)
  • Communicating with different audiences (0:42:23)
  • Scicomm training on the job (0:44:54)
  • High school teaching (0:48:14)
  • Is the talent for scicomm innate or learned? (0:51:50)
  • What Jenn does for pleasure (0:53:33)

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