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
Aenlle, J. V., Loizzo, J. Bunch, J. C., Stone, W., Meredith, M. & Ray, K. (2022) Conservation conversation: an arts-based approach to examine impacts of a live video webcast on youth viewers’ conceptualizations of forest ecosystems, Applied Environmental Education & Communication, DOI: 10.1080/1533015X.2022.2034554
Stone, W., Loizzo, J., Aenlle, J., & Beattie, P. (2022). Labs and landscapes virtual reality: Student-created forest conservation tours for informal public engagement. Journal of Applied Communications, 106(1). https://doi.org/10.4148/1051-0834.2395
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 program. Advancements 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 Classroom. Frontiers in Communication – Science and Environmental Communication, 5(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 development. Journal 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., Harner, M., Weitzenkamp, D., & Kent, K. (2019). Electronic field trips for science engagement: The Streaming Science model. Journal of Applied Communications, 103(4). https://doi.org/10.4148/1051-0834.2275
Loizzo, J. L. & Lillard, P. (2015). In the field: Introducing undergraduates to Extension through a blended project-based multimedia production course. The 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 zipTripsTM. Journal 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 students. Journal 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 visit. Science 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 trips. IL Spectrum, 36(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
Research interests: visual communication and natural resources, global health issues within agriculture, rural development, and women in STEAM
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 2024.
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.
Caroline Nickerson is a PhD student in Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida and an advisee of Dr. Jamie Loizzo. At UF, Caroline is currently working on multiple projects, including the Restore the Shore project and a certification for pollinator-friendly plants. She’s deeply passionate about public engagement in science, environmental resiliency, and mitigating climate change. She has worked with SciStarter in various capacities, most recently as Senior Program Director at SciStarter where she managed the Citizen Science Month Program, SciStarter’s Corporate Volunteer Programs and other programmatic and outreach efforts, including working with SciStarter’s Syndicated Blog Network, which encompasses the Science Connected, Discover Magazine and SciStarter platforms, as well as large-scale programs with multiple federal agencies (including NASA, NOAA, and the National Library of Medicine) and global groups (including the United Nations Environment Programme). Caroline is a Master of Public Policy graduate from American University, where she was a Reilly Environmental Policy Scholar, an honor conferred by the former director of the EPA, Bill Reilly. Caroline was an undergrad at the University of Florida and was one of the inaugural recipients of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Student Excellence Award, an honor conferred to only three graduating seniors.
Gabe Spandau is a doctoral student in agricultural communication with a focus on cannabis. He received his bachelors degree from the University of Florida in Agricultural Education and Communication and received a master’s degree from the University of Maryland in Medical Cannabis Sciences and Therapeutics. He has a passion for agriculture and education and hopes to intertwine the two once he finishes his PhD to become a research professor. When he is not busy with school, Gabe enjoys being outdoors, exercise, spending time with friends, and traveling.
Caroline Barnett is a doctoral 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 graduated 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.
Alice Akers is a Master’s student focusing her studies in agricultural communication in the University of Florida Department of Agricultural Education and Communication. She is originally from Bodyke, Ireland, and earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural and environmental sciences communication from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She will graduate with her M.S. Degree in the spring of 2023.
Research interests: Science communication, strategic communication, education, and public perceptions of environmental issues and natural recourse topics.
Dr. Kevin Kent
Dr. Ashley McLeod-Morin