Useful Science (usefulscience.org) is an all-volunteer organization and website that condenses scientific articles that are useful to everyday life into bite-sized summaries. Our mission is to make primary research more accessible to the general public. Our podcast aims to break down the anatomy of scientific articles with relevance to people’s everyday lives and teach the general audience about how scientists use the scientific method.
We are currently seeking new podcast hosts to help with recording science podcasts which have been downloaded over 1,000,000 times. As we are a team of volunteers located all over the world, this position can be done remotely and is a flexible knowledge translation and public outreach opportunity. The ideal contributor would be a graduate student or recent graduate with a background in science looking for experience in speaking about science and science communication as a whole.
Examples of our summaries:
“For doctors who prescribed more antibiotics than their peers, informing them of this fact led to reductions in their antibiotic prescriptions over a 6-month period.” The Lancet
“Retailers that gave shoppers more time to return their purchases had a reduction in the total number of returns.” Journal of Retailing
“Differences in vocabulary development between children of high and low socioeconomic status are apparent as early as 18 months of age, but may be improved through a stimulating home language environment.” Developmental Science
You can listen to our podcast on usefulscience.org/podcast to get a taste of the kinds of episodes we record.
Specific responsibilities for contributors include:
- Researching and discussing primary research articles
- Preparing interesting discussions about a scientific article’s background, methods, results, and useful conclusions and broader impacts.
- Editing and reviewing summaries in our internal peer-review process.
As we are continually growing and evolving as an organization, there are also opportunities for contributors to explore other roles that interest them such as business development, marketing, media relations, communications, fundraising, and more.
Useful Science is comprised of individuals who are passionate about sharing science that can improve the lives of others. If this is you too, we need you to help us to promote our mission!
To find out more or to apply, send an email with a few lines about yourself to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Useful Science (usefulscience.org) is an all-volunteer organization and website that condenses scientific articles that are useful to everyday life into bite-sized summaries. Our mission is to make primary research more accessible to…