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.

What’s Coming Soon to Conferences from SciLit Digital

National Agricultural Communications Symposium (NACS)
February 2-3, 2020 | Louisville, Kentucky

Manuscripts to be presented at the NACS conference:
Bats and Beyond: Communicating Wildlife and Climate Change Empathy to Youth through an Electronic Field Trip
Peyton Beattie, Kevin Kent, Teresa Suits, Dr. Jamie Loizzo, and Dr. J. C. Bunch

Leveraging Skype in the Classroom for Science Communication: A Streaming Science-Scientist Online Approach

Peyton Beattie, Dr. Jamie Loizzo, Kevin Kent, Christine Krebs, Teresa Suits, and Dr. J. C. Bunch

Posters to be presented at the NACS conference:
Do Bats Have Fingers? A Discourse Analysis of Youth Wildlife Questions During a Live Streamed Electronic Field Trip
Teresa Suits, Kevin Kent, Peyton Beattie, and Dr. Jamie Loizzo

Association of International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE)
April 20-23, 2020 | St. Petersburg, Florida

Abstracts to be presented at the AIAEE conference:
Using Skype in the Classroom to Connect with Domestic and International Youth Audiences about Mosquitoes
Whitney Stone, Peyton Beattie, Dr. Jamie Loizzo, Kevin Kent, Christine Krebs, and Teresa Suits

Recent SciLit Digital Publications

Loizzo, J. & Beattie, P. (Accepted; 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.

Loizzo, J. L., Harner, M. J., Weitzenkamp, D. J., & Kent, K. (2019). Electronic field trips for science engagement: The Streaming Science model. Journal of Applied Communications, 103(4).

Loizzo, J., Borron, A., Gee, A., & Ertmer, P. A. (2016). Teaching convergence in 21st century undergraduate agricultural communication: a pilot study of backpack multimedia kits in a blended, project-based learning courseJournal of Applied Communications100(2), 100-119.

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

Faculty

Dr. Jamie Loizzo

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. J. C. Bunch

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

Graduate Students

Kevin Kent

Kevin is a PhD student in the department of agricultural education and communication where he focuses in agricultural communication. Kevin is originally from Cottondale, Florida. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida in agricultural communication and leadership development and his master’s degree in media design from Full Sail University. His dissertation research focuses on using mobile technology to enhance leadership and extension programs. Kevin will graduate with his PhD in the spring of 2021.

Research interests: implementing and evaluating innovative technologies in education, communication, extension and leadership

Peyton Beattie

Peyton is a PhD student in the department of agricultural education and communication with a concentration in agricultural communication. She if from Houma, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural education. She completed her master’s degree at the University of Florida in agricultural education and communication with a focus in Extension education. Her dissertation research will focus on Extension agents’ use of instructional and communication technologies and a select few Extension agents’ development and implementation of an electronic field trip for adult audiences. Peyton will graduate with her PhD in the summer of 2021.

Research interests: communication professional development for Extension agents

Ashley McLeod-Morin

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

Whitney Stone

Whitney 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

Jacqueline 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

Christine is a master’s 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 from the University of Florida. Christine’s thesis focuses on college students’ relatedness to nature. She will graduate with her master’s degree in the summer of 2020.

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

Teresa Suits

Teresa is a master’s student in the department of agricultural education and communication with a focus in agricultural communication. She is from Homestead, Florida and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in agricultural education and communication. Teresa’s thesis research focuses on understanding collegiate students’ motivation for volunteering for an agricultural farm. She will graduate in the spring of 2020.

Research interests: science communication, non-profit organizations

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