Reyhaneh Maktoufi is a Ph.D. candidate in Media, Technology, and Society at Northwestern University and a Rita Allen Foundation Civic Science Fellow at WGBH/NOVA. Her main fields of interest are science communication, misinformation, curiosity, public engagement with scientists, and science communication in media. She was a visiting researcher at the Adler Planetarium, where she studied science communication and facilitated workshops on communication skills and she's also a producer at The Story Collider podcast. Before starting a Ph.D., Rey has been working as a health communication facilitator and cancer preventive/palliative care campaign manager in Tehran, Iran. Rey currently enjoys working with different nonprofits such as the Communicating Science Conference (ComSciCon). She also engages in science outreach through writing blog-posts and making science comics and has made appearances on outlets such as the Smithsonian Magazine and the SETI Institute's podcast Big Picture Science.
SO WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DO?
Well, while research science communication, I also make sure that I feed back my research to the science and science media community. I train scientists and volunteers to become more engaging and empathetic communicators. As a scientist turned artist or I don't know maybe artist turned scientist, I also love creating different science communication material, from written pieces to comics and videos.