The SciComm Lexicon is a collaborative project created by Paige Jarreau and Cassandra Tyson. We hope our graphic novel "The SciComm Letters" (coming soon) and our accompanying online glossary of terms will help scientists and communicators alike better understand, reflect on and apply the concepts or best practices of science communication.
Sophie is a (fictional!) young scientist working in the lab of Nobel-prize winner Shinya Yamanaka at Kyoto University in Japan, to uncover the genetic architecture of Parkinson’s disease. But she struggles to get her groundbreaking results noticed by others. The first scientist in her family, Sophie wants to make her parents – and herself – proud. But how can she if she can’t figure out how to explain the meaning of her work to them?
Irina is a communication graduate student in the U.S. She loves to share her evidence-based advice – but she hasn't translated her knowledge beyond her academic circles. What good is communication research if it’s not useful to practitioners?
A world apart, Sophie and Irina decide to write letters (The SciComm Letters!) to one another to share their journeys. They strive to make their work mean something to the world.
Soon, you can read Sophie and Irina's visual letters! Each letter contains various science communication terms that you can explore in greater depth through our SciComm Lexicon!
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A preview of panel from "The SciComm Letters" Graphic Novel, coming soon.