SciLit Digital Research

The SciLit Digital Research team focuses on conducting research on much of the work produced by Streaming Science but also works beyond just Streaming Science produced things to include a broader focus on science literacy.

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SciLit Digital Publications

Beattie, P. N., Kent, K. W., Suits, T. E., Loizzo, J. L., & Bunch, J. C. (2021). Bats and Beyond: Communicating wildlife and climate change empathy to youth through an electronic field trip. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research. 

McLeod-Morin, A., Beattie, P., Stone, W., Kent, K., Loizzo, J., & Telg, R. (2020). The science of mosquitoes: Youths’ perceptions, engagement, and learning from a Skype in the Classroom science communication programAdvancements in Agricultural Development, 1(2), 79-89. https://doi.org/10.37433/aad.v1i2.51

Krebs C.L., Loizzo J.L., Stone W.A., & Telg, R.W. (2020). Scientist Online: Entomologists’ experiences engaging with school audiences through Skype in the ClassroomFrontiers in Communication – Science and Environmental Communication5(576593). doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2020.576593

Beattie, P. N., Loizzo, J. L., Kent, K. W., Krebs, C. L., Suits, T. E., Bunch, J. C. (2020). Leveraging Skype in the Classroom for science communication: A Streaming Science – Scientist Online approach. Journal of Applied Communication, 104(3), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.4148/1051-0834.2328

Loizzo, J. & Beattie, P. (2019). Self-Study of a project-based graduate science communication course focused on electronic field trip developmentJournal of North American College Teachers of Agriculture, 63(2).

Loizzo, J. L. (2019, July/August). Streaming Science: An intentional educational approach for developing the next generation of science communicators, educators, and extension specialists. The Agricultural Education Magazine, 92(1), 5-7.

Loizzo, J. L. & Lillard, P. (2015). In the field: Introducing undergraduates to Extension through a blended project-based multimedia production courseThe Journal of Extension, 53(1).

Adedokun, O. A., Hetzel, K., Parker, L. C., Loizzo, J. L., Burgess, W. D., & Robinson, J. P. (2012). Using virtual field trips to connect students with university scientists: core elementsand evaluation of Purdue zipTripsTMJournal of Science Education and Technology, 21(5), 607–618. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10956-011-9350-z

Adedokun, O. A., Parker, L. C., Loizzo, J.L., Burgess, W. D., & Robinson, J. P. (2012). Factors influencing participant perceptions of program impact: lessons from a virtual fieldtrip for middle-school studentsJournal of Extension [Online], 49(6) Article 6FEA8. Available at http://www.joe.org/joe/2011december/a8.php

Adedokun, O. A., Parker, L. C., Loizzo, J. L., Burgess, W. D., Robinson, J. P. (2011). A field trip without buses: connecting your students to scientists through a virtual visitScience Scope, 34(9).

Parker, L. C., Adedokun, O. A., Loizzo, J. L., & Burgess, W. D. (2010). Purdue zipTripsTM:Connecting students and scientists through electronic field tripsIL Spectrum36(2), 36–43.

Meet the SciLit Digital Research Team

Dr. Loizzo is the developer of Streaming Science and is the lead faculty member of the SciLit Digital Research Team. She is originally from Hillsboro, Illinois. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, her master’s degree and PhD in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University. Dr. Loizzo started her career in academia at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she was an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. After spending three years at UNL, Dr. Loizzo moved South to become an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Communication in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida. She has been a Gator since the fall of 2018.

Research interests: science communication, science literacy, media literacy, trust in science, scientists, and the media, project-based learning, online learning and teaching, distance education, arts-based research, and virtual ethnography.

Dr. Bunch is a faculty member in AEC who assists the SciLit Digital team in research projects. He is originally from Fletcher, Oklahoma. He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and PhD in agricultural education at Oklahoma State University. Upon completion of his PhD in May of 2012, Dr. Bunch began is career at Louisiana State University as an assistant professor of agricultural education in the department of Agricultural and Extension Education and Evaluation. He joined the department of Agricultural Education and Communication and the UF faculty in the spring of 2017 as an assistant professor of agricultural education.

Research interests: pedagogical practices and curriculum/program development among professional educators in agricultural education (e.g., school-based agriscience teachers, state and county faculty, and international faculty); how professional educators can become more competent and efficacious in the science of teaching and learning and in their everyday practice as educators and developers of educational programs; impact of international experiences on undergraduate student learning and on their development of global human capital as it pertains to the development of workplace skills through study-abroad program/curriculum development

Whitney Stone is a PhD student whose work focuses in agricultural communication in the department of agricultural education and communication. She is from ​Greenville, South Carolina. Whitney earned her bachelor’s degrees in Media Arts and Art History from the University of South Carolina and earned her master’s degree in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication from the University of Georgia. Whitney will graduate in the spring of 2022.

Research interests: visual communication and natural resources, global health issues within agriculture, rural development, and women in STEAM 

Jacqueline Aenlle is a PhD student in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication where she focuses her studies in agricultural communication. She is originally from Burlingame, California and earned her bachelor’s degree in dairy science and master’s degree in agricultural education from California Polytechnic State University. Jacqueline’s dissertation will focus on determining the opinions of urban consumers in regards to current controversial topics within agriculture and discovering which multimedia approaches encourage critical thought on those agricultural issues. She expects to earn her PhD in the spring of 2022.

Research interests: distance education, multimedia approaches to interacting with informal leaners, science literacy, and how media can affect consumer perceptions related to production agriculture

Christine Krebs is a PhD student who focuses her studies in agricultural communication in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication. She is originally from Clermont, Florida and has earned her bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology and conservation and her master’s degree in agricultural education and communication from the University of Florida. She will graduate with her PhD in the spring of 2023.

Research interests: digital communication strategies to foster a connection to nature and formal/informal instructional design for science communicators

Shelby O. Thomas is the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences Communications & Engagement Manager. Shelby most recently served as the communications manager for the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. She received her bachelor’s and master’s from the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in Agricultural Education and Communication with a specialization in communication. She has since served as a communications coordinator for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation and a public information specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant industry. Shelby specializes in strategic communication, content creation, and translational science. She is currently enrolled in the UF College of Journalism and Communications pursuing a PhD in mass communication.

Ashley is the media coordinator for the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (PIE Center) where she manages all external communication for the center and aids in communication research for clients. She is from the rural small town of Laurel Hill, Florida. Ashley is also a PhD student in the department of agricultural education and communication with a focus in agricultural communication. She has a bachelors and master’s degree in agricultural communication from the University of Florida. Ashley’s dissertation research focuses on how federal agencies communicate about agricultural health and safety to key stakeholder groups. Ashley will complete her PhD in spring of 2022.

Research interests: communicating with rural audiences, organizational communication, science communication, public health communication

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Caroline Barnett is a Master’s student focusing her studies in agricultural communication in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication with a certificate in environmental education. She is originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, and has earned her bachelor’s degree in marine sciences with minors in international studies in agricultural and life sciences, agricultural communications, and classics from the University of Florida. She will graduate with her M.S. Degree in the spring of 2022.

Research interests: formal and informal approaches to marine science communication, virtual reality and 360-degree tours, and public perceptions of environmental issues and connectedness to water.

Olivia Doyle is a master’s student in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication.

Olivia is a communication master’s student in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida. Olivia is from Deland, Florida. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in agricultural education and communication with a specialization in communication and leadership development and a minor in leadership. Olivia’s thesis will focus on evaluating Facebook engagement with Florida fruit and vegetable producers. Olivia will graduate with her master’s degree in the spring of 2022. 

Research interests: science communication, strategic communication, online marketing, consumer perceptions of topics in agricultural and natural resources

Past Members

Dr. Peyton Beattie

Kevin Kent

Dr. Kevin Kent

Teresa Suits, M.S.
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