2017 El Dia Lunch Speaker - Amber Sullins
Amber Sullins attended the University of Arizona and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Atmospheric Science with a double minor in Math and Journalism. Amber worked at the National Weather Service while attending the U of A and interned at KOLD-TV in Tucson. She started her television career at KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas. Amber was honored with two back-to-back Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards there for Best Weathercasts in 2007 and 2008. She was also recognized again at the Texas Legislature for these awards in May of 2009 when a house resolution was passed in her honor. Amber also volunteered her time to help the efforts of the El Paso Extreme Weather Task Force, taught two semesters of meteorology classes at The University of Texas El Paso Center for Lifelong Learning and authored a weather activities book to help teach young children about severe weather safety. Amber has earned the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation, the highest seal attainable for a television meteorologist and currently serves on the AMS broadcast board. She is also a member of the AMS/NWA Central Arizona chapter. Amber is a four time Emmy Winner. She was honored in 2010, 2013 and 2014 with the Rocky Mountain Emmy for Best Weathercast, as well as the 2013 Emmy for best On-Camera Weather Talent. In the summer of 2011, Amber was called on to go to New York and fill-in on Good Morning America where she covered the biggest heat wave of the year across the east coast. She has filled in several times since. When she's not working hard forecasting the weather, Amber enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and her long-haired miniature dachshunds, Willis and Lilly.
All registered participants for El Día are invited to meet for lunch at 12:00 pm in the South Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center. Sullins' talk will begin at about 12:20 pm.
Title Talk "Houston, we have a problem..." It's the curse of knowledge: How we can more effectively communicate science to society.
Scientists are generally good at communicating with each other, but perhaps not with everyone else. We often forget that most people don't know what we know. We make assumptions and use scientific terms they are not familiar with. So, in a time when mistrust of the scientific community is front and center, it is imperative we become better communicators to bridge the gap between "us" and "them" and influence change.