Dr. Bohon is an earthquake geologist and communication specialist who is passionate about sharing science with the world. Although she is an accomplished scientist, Dr. Bohon started her career as a professional actress and she brings that energy and experience to every talk, turning complex scientific ideas into compelling stories that transfix audiences.
Founder and CEO
DWR Communications, LLC
Four in five Americans can’t name a living scientist, so how can we make science – and by extension, scientists – more visible and accessible? What role does trust play in science communication? And how can we utilize behavioral psychology, storytelling and tools like social media to engage with different audiences from the podium to the pub(lic)? Learn about some of the challenges, rewards and best practices of communicating science in the public sphere.
Close your eyes and imagine a scientist.
What do they they look like? Are they wearing a hijab? Do they have tattoos? Are they using a mobility aid?
We all have preconceived notions about the types of people that do different jobs, and science is no exception. In this talk, we'll discuss the importance of overcoming implicit and explicit ideas of who can do science, and explore why this is particularly important for continued scientific advancement.
Let earthquake expert and geologist Dr. Wendy Bohon will take you on a thrilling journey through the western US, investigating the causes of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. We will explore the how and why of these natural hazards and discuss why these powerful forces often turn in to disasters, causing extensive loss of life and billions of dollars in damages. We will also delve into what the future may hold and how we can become more resilient, because we know that while these hazards are inevitable, the disasters they can unleash are not.
Dr. Bohon has made some pretty substantial career pivots, going from professional actress to earthquake geologist to communications specialist to entrepreneur. In this talk, she'll explore the anatomy of these difficult decision points and walk you through critical questions to consider if you're thinking of making a pivot.
I talk about the intersection of science and communication and why it should matter to us all.