The Grad Activist
Author Ingrid J. Paredes is a Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering at New York University [Tandon].
At this time, I can’t understate the importance of science communication. Without scientific literacy, we can’t rely on the public to act as science citizens. The public’s confidence in scientists has only increased since 2016, and it’s our responsibility to engage effectively with society. We must let experts lead conversations about issues in their field. Social media can and has already played a role in this, and we must continue to grow platforms for scientists and science communicators to share their science. Issues as large as pandemics and the climate crisis require teamwork from all fronts; it’s an interdisciplinary problem that impacts not just the environment, but our lives.