DART of Physics' Jessamyn Fairfield wins Physics Communicator Prize
DART of Physics' own Jessamyn Fairfield, who has been writing and editing the blog during the DART of Physics campaign, has just received an award from the Institute of Physics in London for her science writing work. The Early Career Physics Communicator Award is given annually to people at the start of their careers in physics who have undertaken activities that support and encourage excellent communication of physics. From the press release:
Fairfield impressed judges with her enthusiasm and her commitment to finding funders for the eight-week advertising campaign on the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) as well as her ability to explain complex ideas through blogs and other outlets.
She was among four finalists who gave presentations during the event at the IOP's London centre before the winner was announced and each was presented with a certificate on behalf of the IOP Physics Communicators Group, which organised the awards.
In her presentation, Fairfield said she tried to explain advanced physics concepts in simple language. With some creative thought about how to communicate ideas, it was possible to convey difficult material even to those with no maths background, she said.
After her award was announced, Fairfield said: “I am very excited and surprised. Science communication can be undervalued by the research community but it’s really important because that’s how you get more scientists and people who are scientifically literate."