From Memes to Molasses Floods: Adventures in Science Communication

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Eight years ago, as a graduate student frustrated by the lack of public awareness for my field, I created FYFD ( in order to share my enthusiasm for fluid dynamics with the world at large. Since then, I've built an audience of more than 275,000 followers and embarked on a post-academic career in science communication. In this talk, I'll discuss that journey and many of the lessons about communicating science to general audiences that I've learned along the way. From students interested in outreach to professors looking to promote research more effectively, everyone has something to gain from science communication.

Nicole Sharp, FYFD
Bowen Hall
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Room 222
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 12:30pm
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Nicole Sharp is the creator and editor of FYFD, a fluid dynamics blog and YouTube channel that has been featured by the New York Times, Wired magazine, The Guardian, Science, NPR, and others. Nicole earned her Master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Cornell University and completed her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in 2014 with experiments on the effects of surface roughness on boundary layer stability at Mach 6. She is an active member of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics, where she serves as chair of the Media and Science Relations committee.

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