This week is National Postdoc Appreciation Week! Here at PEWS, we are excited to share a little about what our current postdoctoral fellow is up to, and to let you know that PEWS prioritizes hosting postdocs.
The PEWS model of operations is to further our mission of conducting, teaching, and researching public engagement with science with the support of students and early-career academics. This model enables us to support training and career goals in public engagement, while broadening participation in the PEWS community.
Our current postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Meg Corcoran, graduated in spring of 2023 from University of Cincinnati with a PhD in geosciences. Her dissertation focused on developing molecular fossils or tools that are used to understand past climate. During her time as a UC PhD student, Meg participated in a pilot course in public engagement PEWS offered, served as the PEWS social media and web coordinator, and was one of the first PEWS graduate student affiliates.
Now, as PEWS postdoc, Meg supports the day-to-day functioning of PEWS, oversees interns, and works on her own public engagement initiatives, including Science Harvest, a science program that brings hands-on activities to local farmers’ markets in Cincinnati. Meg’s work with PEWS also intersects with her ongoing geoscience research. She plans to present her geoscience outreach efforts at UC’s Postdoc Poster Session during National Postdoc Appreciation week and at AGU’s 2023 Fall Meeting in San Francisco in December.
This postdoc year supports Meg’s career goals. She is interested in a career in science communication with emphasis on communicating climate change and training scientists about how to effectively engage their science with the public.
PEWS aims to offer a standing one- to two-year postdoc position as the center continues to grow. We hope to advertise a position soon for the 2024-2025 academic year. Join our mailing list here to stay up to date about details regarding postdoc opportunities with PEWS.
We also are happy to host postdocs who secure their funding, such as through NSF postdoctoral fellowships.