Eyes open under water

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dc.contributor.author Brenock, Kristi A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:22:38Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:22:38Z
dc.date.created 2000 en_US
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier LD2489.Z8 2000 .B74 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/174840
dc.description.abstract At first glance, one might wonder why a graduate student studying writing,based in a university's English department, would elect a Creative Project grounded in science. How does science-marine science in this case-connect to literature or composition or rhetoric? The reason becomes clear (and for me, quite interesting and useful) after closer inquiry.From my undergraduate studies and out-of-classroom experiences (internships, practicums, volunteer work, etc.) dating back to 1990 through my graduate work today, environmental/marine science has consistently played a key role in the direction and overall emphasis of my higher education. What began initially as hands on experience with marine animals and the scientists, biologists, and caretakers who work with them, changed over time to a more removed, behind-the-scenes approach. In my encounters with various environmental organizations I was disturbed by the lack of conversation-the lack of effective scientific communication-between the centers, aquariums, zoos, laboratories and their ultimate constituents, the public at large. This disturbance urged me to become active in communicating science-in describing it, explaining it, demonstrating it-and in making it useful to the masses, not just a select few within the scientific community.As its name simply suggests, a science communicator essentially becomes the liaison between the science specialists and the general public, fostering not just understanding but increased appreciation for our earth's delicate ecosystem. This niche of communication encompasses public relations, marketing, science and technical writing, and many other communication fields or sub-fields that assist in the attempt to convey a heightened awareness of science-related issues to a lay public.Science communication is certainly not new. Writers have focused on science, specifically nature, in their texts for centuries. But it has been within the last two decades, with the increase in environmental activism, that science or nature writers have picked up a popular following.I was introduced to a handful of these writers-John McPhee, Don Murray, Barry Lopez, David Quammen, Aldo Leopold, and Rachel Carlson-early in my graduate studies. Their writing, their specific genre, commanded my attention and captivated my interest unlike any other.More than just writers, these individuals (some alive, some dead) are made up of naturalists, scientists, journalists, world travelers, biologists, and teachers who share an ability to write about nature or science or any combination of the two in factual yet appealing ways. Imagine the best storytelling devices of a favorite fiction piece combined with the factual reporting and investigative qualities of some of the nation's top news publications-that's creative non-fiction or "New Journalism," and it's particularly effective when writing about science and its related sub-fields.What often comes across to readers as overly difficult and boring technical jargon when some writers attempt to disseminate stories about science, can be made interesting, informative, and even entertaining when approached as if writing a novel or short story. Another words, when the factual nature of science writing is combined with the devices commonly saved for traditional storytelling, the result is fresh and inviting, perhaps encouraging individuals who might not otherwise be interested in science to learn about it in a non-threatening, enjoyable fashion.This Creative Project delves into the unique niche of creative non-fiction; these stories I share are true. This text journeys through the professional lives of two remarkable women who have made the field of marine science not only their profession, but also their life passion. And I have used my own narrative, weaving through the tapestry of the greater story being told, to make this my own journey as well.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent iii, 52 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.title Eyes open under water en_US
dc.type Creative project (M.A.), 3 hrs. en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1189412 en_US

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