Also profiled today is Will Chen, who has recently completed a Master’s degree in quantitative ecology at the University of Washington. Will says that his passion for the outdoors developed later than his interest in mathematics, and his degree enabled him to combine the two passions. As well as talking about his career aspirations, Will shares his thoughts on why science is often clashing with people’s personal beliefs in the current political climate. Science communicators, he suggests, need to focus on the tone as well as the content of their messages.

On Monday, we published interviews with materials scientist Grayson Doucette and molecular biologist Khady Sall. Then yesterday, we featured physics educationalist Reggie Bain and ecologist Shannon Bayliss. Stay tuned on Thursday and Friday to hear from more delegates from ComSciCon17.

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