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American Chemical Society AMA: I am Elaine Seward, a Producer with ACS Reactions with a background is in digital media and film. Ask me anything about communicating chemistry using animations and/or social media!
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Hey Reddit–I’m Elaine. I’m a producer for the American Chemical Society’s Reactions YouTube series, where we discuss everyday chemistry. We’ve covered topics ranging from “Is It OK To Pee In The Ocean” to “How Protein Helps To Build Muscle”, with a little cookie science in between. As a member of the Reactions team, I write, animate, narrate, edit, and come up with ideas for our videos. I also manage our Twitter and Facebook pages, which you should go and follow right now. Seriously–you know you want to. I feel compelled to note that I have zero scientific background–my background is entirely in digital media and film. This has definitely created some interesting challenges along the way, but I do consider myself to be a science communicator. One of my favorite parts in the process is taking a scientific concept, breaking it down, and re-structuring it so even middle schoolers can understand how chemistry affects their lives. So ask me anything about animating science – including the production process, how it works, my lack of a science background, and how we develop our topics. You can even ask about our social media efforts or what it’s like living in Brooklyn while our team is based in DC (hint: I might be addicted to slack). I will be back at 12 pm ET (9 am PT) to answer your questions, so ask me anything about animating science–including the production process, how it works, my lack of a science background, how we come up with topics and you can even ask about our social media. Taking a quick break–will be back around 1:30!