Embracing Identity: Why We Can’t “Stick To The Science”
Join award-winning science journalist Maddie Sofia for a conversation about identity in science communication. Maddie will share her experience exploring her own identity while hosting a NPR science podcast and how embracing identity can build trust and connection with audiences. We’ll talk about the power of inclusive science communication and its role in dismantling systems of oppression in scientific spaces.
Maddie Sofia (@maddie_sofia) is a scientist and journalist. She got her start as a journalist at National Public Radio (NPR) in 2016. In 2019, Maddie became the founding host of NPR’s award-winning daily science podcast Short Wave. In 2020, Short Wave became the most popular science podcast on Spotify in the United States.
Maddie’s work is centered on inclusive communication and increasing the representation of marginalized communities in science journalism. She has reported on COVID, inequities in academia and public health, and some of the earth’s most fascinating creepy-crawlies. She is particularly interested in highlighting queer voices and issues.
Before hosting Short Wave, Maddie hosted the NPR video show Maddie About Science and co-developed the worldwide NPR Scicommers program. The program (now at Boston University) focuses on supporting scientists interested in science communication through mentorship, community, and editorial support. The program has helped more than 100 scientists get published in popular science outlets. Previous to NPR, she received her PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Maddie is currently freelancing, teaching, and speaking. Her most recent journalistic work is featured in Science Friday and PBS/KQED’s video series Deep Look. She enjoys talking with students about careers outside of academia, inclusive science communication, and storytelling. She has been designing and participating in science communication workshops for more than 10 years. She enjoys cooking, reading SciFi, and frolicking in the mountains with her partner Natalie.