Protest, Minneapolis, MN
Normally, on these pages, you will find the work of students learning to communicate with the public and inspire curiosity about science. But these are not normal times. We are learning to confront the harsh reality of systemic racism and injustice that has weighed so heavily on those in our community who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color. As a team of writers, designers, and scientists, we offer this space as a place for reflection, analysis and exploration.
If you are trying to process the murder of George Floyd

If you are trying to process the murder of George Floyd

If you are one of my Facebook friends who is not from Minneapolis and is white, this post is for you. If you are trying to process the murder of George Floyd and the ongoing protests without seeking guidance and information from the Black community, you are doing it wrong. Our role is not to make this movement about us, nor is it to try and speak...

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Volunteering as an Ally

Volunteering as an Ally

The word ‘ally’ has floated around social media for the last few weeks as non-Black people learn what they can do to fight racial injustice. I’m not the best person to explain the importance of anti-racist allies since I don’t personally experience racism, but I encourage you to check out the video posted below for more perspective. What I can...

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Bat Track: Mid-Process Review

In May, we met with Christine Salomon, a University of Minnesota scientist working on White Nose Syndrom, a fungal infection that affects Little Brown Bats. The draft you are reading now is the result of three months of hard work–writing, editing, collaborating, and revising. Here is a little overview of how we got here and some insight into the decisions we made.

A Designer’s Thoughts–Mikaela

By Mikaela Armstrong I’m a senior, graduating in May and have worked in the Science Communications Lab (SCL) at the BioTechnology Institute for the past three semesters. When I began my major in design I quickly learned that...

An Alumni’s Perspective – MaiLei

Lessons from the Lab: One Year with the SciCom Writing Team By MaiLei Meyers After returning from a semester off in the fall of 2017, I was eager to jump into work more related to my double majors in Strategic Communications and Film. Little did I know, I would...

An Alumni’s Perspective – Jacob

An Alumni's Perspective Jacob Pechacek Working as an intern at the Biotechnology Institute’s Science Communications Lab was a great experience. My work focused on developing an animation describing how diet and eating habits impact microbiota in the colon. At the...

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