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HI I’M JULIE ANN FOOSHEE

General Portfolio

MY STORY

I am a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh studying science festivals and intersections of accessibility and outreach. My own experience of being disabled has led to my interest in exploring how science and technology both help and harm those accessing STEM outreach events. While studying the work of science festivals and collaborating with other professionals and researchers in the varied overlapping fields where I study, the closer I come to understanding this work and the effects on all the communities it touches.

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EXPERIENCE

What I’ve Done

October 2021- Current

RESEARCH ASSISTANT; ECA/EFI UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

My work with the Edinburgh Futures Institute on The New Real comprises ethnography of experience and tracking the production of the project. This is my second time working with the team at EFI and my prior work with them was also in the realm of science festivals and ethnography.

September 2019- June 2020

SCIENCE ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST; NASA

My role at NASA, Johnson Space Centre was based in the ARES division where I worked alongside scientists to make new content around their findings accessible to public, mostly non-agency audiences. I planned small events and participated in large scale events as an agency ambassador. 

May 2013 - August 2019

COORDINATOR; MIT

My time as the Science Festival Alliance Coordinator at the MIT Museum at MIT was focused on networking dozens of festivals across North America and creating global relationships with our counterparts abroad. I also spearheaded projects focused on diversity and inclusion with science events. 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

My Studies

September 2020 - Current

MScR + PhD, University of Edinburgh

Degree: Science and Technology Studies

MScR: Graduated with Merit; Dissertation: Barriers of Engagement: Science Technology in Society and Science Festivals vs the Digital Divide

PhD: Expected Graduation: 2024 

September 2016 - July 2019

MsC, University of Edinburgh

Degree: Science Communication and Public Engagement

MSc: Graduated with Merit

Dissertation: Rules of Engagement: Live Science Events as Defined by the Sector

July 2002 - May 2006

BA, University of Georgia

Degree: History

Thesis: Twenty Years of Urban Renewal: The Jacksonville Story 

MY SKILLSET

Competence & Aptitude

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SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

Advanced

I have extensive experience in communicating science to multiple audiences and creating appropriate content for all event types.

RESEARCH

Advanced

My current and past work on research projects in the US and UK have prepared me for all types of research; I currently work in ethnographic research but am happy to expand.

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Oscar Wilde

"You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit."

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