Me

sw1918@uw.edu

I am a 3rd year PhD candidate in Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington (UW). For more about me and my work, see my about page or check out a list of my ongoing research projects below.

Science Communication: Needs and Challenges

Flasks

I am currently working with Professors Gary Hsieh and Katharina Reinecke to better understand how scientists communicate their research findings to the public. The increasing number of social media venues like Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Youtube, and blog platforms like Medium, have offered numerous opportunities for scientists to reach non-expert audiences. Through this project, I hope to better understand how today's researchers take advantage of these platforms, the challenges they face when communicating their research, and how those challenges might be addressed.

Methods

Submitted for publication


Analyzing the Reach of Researchers on Twitter

Phone depicting the Twitter logo.

I am currently working to examine how easily researchers can use Twitter to engage with the broader public about their research. Some of the questions I'm tackling include, what is the average researcher's reach on Twitter? What conversations about research are happening on the platform? What tools can we provide to help researchers connect with the public about research that's relevant to them?

Methods

In progress