Shira D Gordon, PhD is a freelance science communicator. After over a decade of conducting research, in the summer of 2018, Shira decided to switch to another passion of hers, communicating science. She gets excited about distilling complex topics into formats that more people can understand. Therefore, Shira founded SheRockScience Production with work that spans writing, illustration, and video production.
“Shira was a rare and welcome find for my project on the technology of collaboration. I needed a note-taker at our scientific workshop (mostly neuroscientists but also funders and technologists) who understands the language and context of our discussions. Shira knew both and also expertly helped to organize the salient points for our report on the workshop findings.”Sarah, Rapid Science Founder & CEO
Dr Gordon’s research was intentionally diverse with 18 peer reviewed publications in 13 journals. Her research broadly focused on animal communication and how elements from the environment influenced it. In particular, she studied sound and vibrational communication of insects and spiders. Her diverse range of experience includes: animal behavior, physiology, neurobiology, microscopy, cell biology, genetics, and more. In addition, she worked with engineers, spending 3.5 years as the biologist in an engineering department at Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and continued collaborations with the team while a postdoc at Dartmouth and a researcher at the USDA. More information about her specific research areas can be found on her personal website.
As a freelancer, Shira has expanded the topics she works on by covering a variety of health research areas, as well as, working with think tank research companies. In addition, she was recruited to develop and teach a course on General Entomology at California State University, Fresno. Her broad background leaves Shira comfortable in tackling topics beyond biology. Dr Gordon is a fast learner and uses this strength to help her understand new topics that she then communicates through writing, illustration, and video.
In addition to science topics, Shira is successful in other forms of freelance work. She recently won The Big Tell to create a documentary about two women who rock climb. The video explores their friendship and support on and off of the climb. Stay tuned for the premier of “On the Edge” October 23, 2020.
Staying relevant in the field of Science Communication, Dr Gordon is a member of various SciComm groups and societies. She participates in conferences (e.g., Science Talk 2020 and Advancing Research Impact in Society, ARIS 2020), regular attends Science Engagement webinars (organized in part by the National Academy of Science), and is a member of the Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA), Lifeology, and Science Talk communities.
Science + Art: For the summer of 2020, Dr Gordon was awarded a SciCommMake grant (through Sigma Xi and funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to create a video that uses traditional Indian dance to explain how an MRI functions. Stay tuned for the final product in November 2020!
Dr Gordon has experience teaching science communication. She has taught a workshop course to graduate students across several departments (“Writing for the Public”) University of Strathclyde, Spring 2012 & 2013) and a workshop for scientists to speak more fluidly about research using improvisation (Dartmouth 2014). In addition, she has lead numerous outreach events to school kids through adults while at the USDA (2014-2018).
Furthermore, Dr Gordon has been invited to speak to broad audiences including industry (Polytec 2017), agriculture (California Department of Food and Agriculture 2016), for specialist groups (Environmental acoustics group 2018), and at various university seminars (e.g., Oxford, Berlin, Cambridge, Berkeley, & Dundee). In the course of her research, she presented over 20 conference presentations and posters to a variety of audiences.
Regardless of the audience, Dr Gordon is ready, willing and able to adapt materials to give them the best experience possible.
Contact Information Shira D Gordon, PhD
email: Shira at SheRockScience.com
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