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I'm an experienced writer and public speaker, with a strong background in communication.

There's a digital copy of my CV below. It's also available as a  pdf.

Education

I got my Western Australian Certificate of Education at Shenton College in 2010.
I was selected for the Academic Talent Program and achieved an ATAR of 98.00.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia in 2013.
I majored in Communication Studies and Linguistics with an average mark of 80%.

I completed my Masters of Science Communication at the University of Western Australia in 2018.
I submitted a dissertation evaluating writing styles in science, with an average mark of 80%.

Experience

I have worked at Scitech Discovery Centre since January 2014 as a Science Presenter.
I interact with visitors in galleries, deliver school programs, and assist with centre operations.

I've also worked at the Scitech Planetarium since March 2015 as a Planetarium Presenter.
I present live tours of the night sky and the universe beyond. I also research, script and create digital assets for these shows, including our Fringe World show, Dome Date Night.

I spent a month with Refraction Media in March 2017 as a Journalism Intern.
I researched, interviewed for, and wrote news and feature articles for Refraction's digital and print outlets. I also proofread, search-engine optimised, and published content to Wordpress.

I spent two days a week with The Conversation in April & May 2018 on placement with an editor.
I edited and fact-checked articles for the Energy and Environment section. I also helped to source new stories, and worked with authors to pitch, commission and publish original articles.

I've worked at The University of Western Australia since February 2018 as a Casual Tutor.
I run tutorials on research, presentation, writing and teamwork skills for science students.

I've also worked at UWA since August 2018 as an Educational Technologist and Learning Designer.
I work with academics to improve the quality of their teaching, and to better incorporate technology into their programs.

Speaking

You are a wonderful speaker, as science students we hear a LOT of professors - good speakers are a blessing and a sometimes a bit of a rarity for us. The layout of the workshop, with the little activities after each topic were great and everyone really appreciated that. - Gursimran Dhamrait, Telethon Kids Institute

In November 2017, I was invited to speak at The Laborastory, a science storytelling evening. I spoke about science writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke and what he got wrong.

In April 2018 I designed and ran my first writing workshop for the Telethon Kids Institute, helping early-career medical researchers learn to write for the public.

In May 2018 I wrote and delivered a guest session on freelancing for a science writing class at UWA. We covered pitching, working with editors, and how to get paid.

In August 2018 I wrote and delivered a guest session on social media for Science in the Media at UWA, looking at using (mostly) Twitter for outreach, networking and research.

I'm actively looking to do more public speaking! If you'd like someone to come to your event or class and talk about science communication, especially science writing, get in touch!

Writing

Rocky was clearly passionate about science and science communication, and shared with the team valuable insights into what was going on in the wider world of science and technology. - Elise Roberts, Digital Editor, Refraction Media

I'm a regular freelance writer with Particle, and occasionally with other outlets too.

You can find a pretty comprehensive list of stuff I've written over in the text section.

If you've got a cool science story and you're looking for someone to help you tell it, hit me up!

Research

Excellent justification for all methods, referring back to pedagogical theory and academic literature for all points. The methods were extremely well thought out with high originality and publication value. - Miriam Sullivan, UWA Science Communication

I completed a research project as part of my Masters degree in 2017. I designed and ran an experiment on how audiences are affected by a specific writing style in science. I analysed and presented these results as a seminar and as a dissertation, and I am currently working with my supervisors on having this research published.

I am also providing ongoing research assistance 2018 as part of a virtual reality project. I provided background documentation and designed an experiment to test students' learning about cell biology in virtual reality. I stayed on to help with data collection and analysis as the project progresses.

Miscellany

I have excellent computer literacy. In my spare time, I enjoy blogging, coding, and web design. I am familiar with HTML and Python, and I maintain my own website at rockym93.net.

I also have excellent scientific literacy. I read a lot - mostly science, technology, and science fiction. I have a keen interest in space exploration and astronomy. I love picking up new ideas, and I get a kick out of helping others understand them too.

I hold a current Western Australian Recreational Skippers Ticket and an SSI Open Water Diver qualification.

I am qualified to Provide First Aid (HLTAID003). I hold permits for Working With Children and the Responsible Service of Alcohol in Western Australia, and I have a current WA C-A class driver's license.

I'm also teaching myself to be a better photographer, with a particular interest in astrophotography. I've also recently discovered the joy of baking.