Science Communication Issue

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About the Issue

Effective science communication—whether in written, oral, visual, or other creative format—is extremely important for engaging citizens in scientific practices and discovery, educating policy makers, combating the misrepresentation of scientific discoveries, and advancing scientists’ career and research opportunities. 

The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) is pleased to announce a science communication themed issue to explore the following, with emphasis on biology contexts:

  • >  Evidence-based science communication curricula: best practices and common pitfalls
  • >  Evaluation and impact of various forms of science communication: papers, oral presentations, television, social media, community outreach, art, etc.
  • >  Understanding cognitive biases related to scientific topics such as evolution and vaccines
  • >  Encouraging engagement in science-based dialogues
  • >  Using research findings to build narratives
  • >  Case studies of effective and appropriate science communication
  • >  Partnerships between scientists and communication professionals

Manuscripts are catalogued as a special section within Volume 19, Issue 1.

Meet the Editors

Science Communication Issue Guest Editors
Science Communication Issue Guest Editors

Experts in the field of science communication teamed together to solicit, review, and organize a special issue centered on this topic. A representative of JMBE's Editorial Board, the Theme Issue Editor, facilitated the review process and ensured all manuscripts meet the scope of the journal.

Science Communication Guest Editors:

Emmanuel Adukwu - Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences and Associate of the Science Communication Unit (SCU) at the University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom. He is a blogger and has had several media engagements discussing science and STEM topics; as guest host on radio and national television. 

Emily Therese Cloyd - Project Director for Public Engagement at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology and the former Engagement and Outreach Lead at the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Jennifer Gardy - Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health, a science television host, and a children’s book author. She sits on ASM’s Communications committee, and regularly teaches science communication and risk communication to students and trainees.

Dennis Mangan - Teaches the art of science communication. He is a former program director and advisor at the National Institutes of Health, Associate Dean for Research at the University of Southern California, and faculty member at the University of Rochester. 

Holly Menninger - Director of Public Science for the College of Sciences at North Carolina State University.

Jesus Romo - Doctoral Candidate at the University of Texas at San Antonio studying medical mycology, drug discovery, and development. He is an NIH RISE trainee at UTSA, an ASM science teaching fellow, runs the South Texas Center for Emerging Diseases outreach program at UTSA, and is the UTSA SACNAS Chapter president.

Dave Wessner - Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Health and Human Values at Davidson College.

David Westenberg - Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is the Chair of the ASM Committee on K-12 Outreach.

JMBE Theme Issue Editor:

Miriam Segura-Totten - Professor of Biology and the Harry B. Forester Eminent Scholars Chair at the University of North Georgia.


All author resources and step-by-step instructions on how to submit a paper can be found on JMBE's submission site: jmbesubmissions.asm.org.

Wondering about JMBE's other themed issues? Visit the Themed Issues page for a list.

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