Shelter from the stormwater: thanks and farewell Anne Jefferson


Mid-October saw RealScientists hosted by Anne Jefferson (@highlyanne), Associate Professor in the Department of Geology at Kent State University and Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Anne is legit awesomesauce because not only did she share with us the most delicious simulated ore extraction mining berries from muffins (mmm, sciencealicious) …

…she also Storified some of her posts which you should definitely go and read. This one is about stormwater management and it’s also posted on her fab blog Highly Allochthonous here.
Anne also has this pretty amazing treadmill desk!

In addition to doing her own blogging and storifying while RealScientists-ing, Anne also filled out our post-curation interview and you can read her answers below.
In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

Exciting. Rewarding. Exhausting. Exhilarating.

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

It was wonderful to get to interact with so many people. Especially because it gave me a chance to talk about stormwater WITH people who experience it in diverse environments but maybe hadn’t thought about it as an academic pursuit before.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

I really really enjoyed the interactions I got out of the #SpotTheSCM hashtag, where I encouraged people to send me pictures of their local stormwater management and ask me questions. That was definitely a highlight.

A lowlight was the DDoS attack that took Twitter offline for me for chunks of Friday. Oh well.
Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

I wanted to talk more about climate change and water resources, but I ran out of time. I did tend to get side tracked on things early in the week — but partly that reflects a job and life that pulls me in many different directions all of the time.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

I wanted to talk about stormwater, stormwater management, public engagement, and climate change. I mostly got through my plan.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Be prepared to have something random be the thing that really resonates. My most popular tweet was a funny comic about coffee vs. tea vs. hot cocoa drinkers, and there was far more interest in my treadmill desk than I expected.

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?

Mine: @highlyanne and @StopStormwater

Ro-cur: @geosci-tweeps. (I’ll be there for November 21-27)

Thanks once again Anne from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything her week, the tweets are all collated at the following link, and of course there’s the Storify and blog linked at the beginning of this post.



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