Anyone in the sciences (and most in any other field) could tell you: we will never run out of questions. There’s a lot we don’t know—but we do know the questions will keep coming. There are countless things to be curious about: amyloid proteins, biofilms, curiosity itself. Even having “focused” my studies in science illiteracy, there are myriad facets (yet more questions) to dive into (what makes science interesting to some and not others? What level of literacy would be sufficient to engage in the science issues most relevant to one’s community? How do we reconcile science education—which, for a vast majority, ends in high school or college—with the unending march of science and science knowledge (among experts)?)
STEM communication researchers here at Texas Tech University are asking questions just like these every day—and chasing the answers for months or years. Highlighting their work is the heart of what this blog is meant to be about (with reflections on research, musings about science, and insights into doctoral school life thrown in).
This space is for questions and answers—we’ll highlight the publications and presentations of the Media & Communication College’s STEM communication research—but it’s also a space for the wonder that accompanies those queries and discoveries. We’ll wax eloquent about fascinating findings in the science world and ponder the imponderables we come across along the way. We’ll cultivate a comfort with uncertainty while being certain of one thing: we’re not going to run out of questions any time soon.
In the words of one of my favorite authors of all time, Bill Bryson: “We live on a planet that has a more or less infinite capacity to surprise. What reasoning person could possibly want it any other way?”
Natasha (Strydhorst) Unsworth
is a first-year doctoral student at Texas Tech University’s College of Media & Communication. Her research is focused on science communication—specifically the factors contributing to and consequences associated with science illiteracy.