Welcome to the Science Talk Blog’s Meet the Science Talk ‘21 Speaker series! Each week we will highlight some of our exciting speakers.
Meredith is a Freelance Science Writer based in Seattle, Washington. She pursued a PhD in physics before deciding that research was not her calling. She’s written for WIRED, Symmetry, Physics, Chemical and Engineering News, and Inside Science.
She will be speaking on the panel “Should I Stay or Should I Go?: The Value of a PhD” on Thursday, March 25. The full agenda is available on the Science Talk website.
What’s the most challenging piece you’ve produced or project you’ve worked on?
After the spate of mass shootings in summer 2019, I had the idea to write about research framing mass shootings as a contagion. I ended up talking to a lot of people and finding that there were few answers; pulling all of that together in a coherent piece was challenging, but I was proud of the final result!
What advice would give a new science communicator?
Try absolutely everything! Go to webinars, conferences, apply for any and every opportunity that interests you, talk to the people you admire, and put yourself out there! This is a great and welcoming community.
Morning person or night owl?
100% night owl. There was a week where my (freelance) work hours were 10pm-4am. That schedule proved to be incompatible with participating in normal, everyday activities, but it was the most productive week of my life.
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