ElShafie, S.J. 2018. Making Science Meaningful for Broad Audiences through Stories. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58(6):1213-1223.

ElShafie, S.J. and S.S. Sumida. Science Through Narrative: Engaging Broad Audiences – An Introduction to the Symposium. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58(6):1204-1212.

Loverd, R., ElShafie, S.J., Merchant, A., and C.S. Gerbin. The Story of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a Program of the National Academy of Sciences. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58(6):1304-1311.

These and the papers below from the “Science Through Narrative” symposium are published in a volume of the peer-reviewed journal Integrative and Comparative Biology.


Padian, K. 2018. Narrative and “Anti-narrative” in Science: How Scientists Tell Stories, and Don’t. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58(6):1224-1234.

Kipnis, A. 2018. Communication through Playful Systems: Presenting Scientific Worlds the Way a Game Might Do. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58(6):1235-1246.

Rodenbeck, E. 2018. Communications Principles for Inviting Inquiry and Exploration Through Science and Data Visualization. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58(6):1247-1254.

Rega, E. 2018. Visual Narrative and Jargon Minimization Underpin Anatomy Teaching to Animation/VFX Industry Professionals and Health Professions Students. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58(6):1255-1268.

Sumida, S.S. and B. Jefcoat. 2018. Anatomy, Animation, and Visual Effects: The Reciprocal Tools of Biology and Film-Making. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58(6):1269-1278.

Lepito, A. 2018. Where Animation and Science Meet. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58(6):1279-1282.

Rudenko, A. 2018. PREHISTORIC BODY THEATER: Bringing Paleontology Narratives to Global Contemporary Performance Audiences. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58(6):1283-1293.

Cheng, H., Dove, N.C., Mena, J.M., Perez, T., and S. Ul-Hasan. 2018. The Biota Project: A Case Study of a Multimedia, Grassroots Approach to Scientific Communication for Engaging Diverse Audiences. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58(6):1294-1303.


“The Cuban Cricket Crisis: New study identifies insect as the likely culprit behind alleged ‘sonic attacks’ on U.S. diplomats in Havana,” News Wise, January 2019 - Press release for the Society of Integrative & Comparative Biology; subsequently covered by news outlets around the world, including CNN, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and the BBC

“Science and art find common ground: The importance of storytelling,” PLOS SciComm Blog, May 2018

“Blood, brines, and microbiology beneath Antarctic glaciers,” Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology Website, Spring 2016

“Bones in the Bell Tower,” Berkeley Science Review, Fall 2015

Other Resources

Start with a Story” - Guest on the open access webinar series ‘Science by Design’ hosted by SpacetimeLabs

Exploring the Role of Storytelling in Science” - Guest interview on the podcast ‘When Science Speaks’ hosted by Bayer Strategic Consulting

How to Share Your Science Story” - Panelist in the open access CoLab webinar hosted by Spacetime Labs

For additional recommended science communication resources and opportunities, click the link below!