For the capstone project, I’m looking at common misconceptions in science and the way we communicate scientific ideas to the general public. I’m attempting to figure out how the general public gets their information on scientific matters, such as GMOs and vaccines, and how these kinds of topics become some of the most misunderstood ones. This has the potential to say a lot about me, but for the most part I think it showcases my love of science and the advances we’ve made as a society, and my desire to educate the general public on these issues so that we might have a population that is more welcoming to new discoveries and technologies.
My biggest fear is that this whole thing is going to turn into a dry, boring research essay. I fear that it may misrepresent me as a person in that way. I like to laugh and joke around, and I don’t take myself very seriously. Most of the the photos of me on Facebook and other social media involve really unflattering faces. I want to incorporate this part of my personality into my project by putting a bit of humor into it, which will hopefully keep people more interested. There are a lot of ways that I’m thinking about doing this, but it will (hopefully) be tasteful and not so overpowering that people think I don’t take my topic seriously.
As my best friend tells me, I’ve got a knack for logical thinking, and I’m very stubborn. I read everything first as a skeptic. I think that this trait will easily come through as I analyze and debunk false, sensationalized, and exaggerated articles about certain advances we make. The risk I run here is sounding pretentious or like I’m attacking a specific person or source, which I catch myself doing fairly often. A side effect of my passion for science is the tendency to go on rants about anything that interests me, even when I notice that my audience’s eyes have glazed over. To combat this, I’m going to try to be concise while still highlighting things that I think are important to know and understand.
Tl;dr: passion for science and educating people about science, humor, and logical thinking are the biggest things I want to highlight in my portfolio.