Spotlight On Science Ambassador Katie Moisse
"Every science journalist and storyteller who we've approached has been enthusiastic to participate. They appreciate that science communication is a focus for us in the Faculty of Science and they’re happy to meet with faculty members and students who are curious about the work they do and how they do it. They also appreciate the opportunity to connect with the Hamilton community and to have a conversation off-campus about science and the media in today’s political climate.
"Most of the science journalists and storytellers who participate in Science Stories spend the day at McMaster. They visit students in our science communication courses and some lead hands-on workshops. All of our speakers meet with students in small groups to discuss careers in science communication. And in the evening, our speakers give a free public lecture. It's important for communities to hear from science journalists because the media remains an important source of science and health information.
"Last fall, our speaker was Matteo Farinella, a neuroscientist who's also a comic book author and illustrator. Matteo led a workshop in the Thode MakerSpace where students explained scientific studies and concepts in the form of a comic. This was such a unique experience for students and it revealed that we have some talented artists in our midst. It was an important reminder that science and art can and should go together."
Katie Moisse completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, her Masters in Neuroscience at King's College London, and her Ph.D. at Western University in Pathology. She was then accepted into Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, interned at Scientific American, reported on health and medicine for ABC News in New York for four years and then edited stories about neuroscience and autism at Spectrum. Katie joined McMaster in January 2018 where she's an Assistant Professor with the School of Interdisciplinary Science.