UNSUNG SCIENCE showcases unsung heroes in science and medicine, plus stories on environment, agriculture, fisheries and trends and challenges in science.
The content used here is evergreen content and researched using authoritative sources so that you can use this material in your classrooms, schools, or simply to share at home with your children and grandchildren.
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Unsung Science started as a collection of stories of unsung heroes in science and medicine. They are stories I'd read about or heard of and I wanted to share them with my family and friends. But I was also conscious that we're so flooded with information these days that I didn't want to bombard them with new information. I might find it exciting and even thrilling to read, but I'm not sure they will necessarily, given they have their own lives and interests. They might not even be interested in science even though I think it's crazy if you're not.
So, finding a suitable way to share them became a burning desire that I couldn't ignore. I needed to find a new audience for this material. People who really do find these topics super interesting, like me. I didn't want to initially set up this website because I know how much work goes into writing online and creating new content and blogging.
And where was I going to find the time? By the time, people were singing Auld Lang Syne around the world (somewhere in the world on New Year's), my desire overcome all practicalities and before I knew it, I had gathered the research and begun drafting what is called 'evergreen content' in the blogging world. Evergreen content is original content.
I then started a Facebook Page for UNSUNG SCIENCE to find a new audience of interested readers, since I knew that there would be only so many likes I could get from friends and family. And relying on their few ticks would never tell me if there was an audience for this or not. So I only asked once.
Thankfully, in a short space of time, within a couple of weeks to a month, I found new readers.
After only a month of being on Facebook, I took a break for two months to focus on my business and consulting. This is, after all, only supposed to be a hobby!
Friday 10th March 2017
I have returned to Unsung Science. There's a constant change in how Facebook treats pages and what gets organically distributed, and how much doesn't. But fortunately, I have found readers. In fact, if you click on the Share tab for any of the posts, you'll see that there's least a few hundred readers on Facebook.
THE WRITER'S STORY
My name's Vienna Richards. My desire to do something about my blooming love for science and its seldom told stories has been my best kept secret for 2016.
When I softly launched this blog on Friday 6 January 2017, I told no one, not even my family or closest of friends. But they know now.
Curating a science-focused blog as a non-scientist might be considered disruptive activity. I bring a unique perspective as a communications practitioner who has worked on communications and marketing projects and programmes in the STEM world.
My motivation for Unsung Science? I wanted to curate and share these inspiring and little-known stories to everyday people especially students and those who hold the hearts of children in their hands, and anyone who cares about education. Because it is not necessarily shared widely, in my experience, certainly not in classrooms or schools or even in homes.
The communication of science, health and medicine, environment and disaster relief is something I care about deeply. I value science and the integration of great communications at key intersections of our lives.
I hold a bachelor's degree in communications studies (2001) from Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. I studied digital technology at university as part of my degree programme in the early days of the Internet world, starting with HTML coding. ( I love learning. This summer, I learned how to code mobile apps).
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