Athens Science Observer was born out of a love for science communication, a need to train others in the field, a desire to change culture, and vector of a creative outlet for scientists.
ASO is a graduate-student run organization that aims to foster a community of science communicators at the University of Georgia. We train writers how to effectively communicate science and provide a platform in which to share their content. In doing so, we engage the public in STEM-related topics, aiming to bridge the gap between town and gown.
The organization was originally founded in 2015 by Rishi Masalia, John Spiekerman, and Jeff Cannon. The trio found a gap between the research and scientists coming out of the University of Georgia and the Athens community. In addition, there was no hub for science communication.
Today, ASO has reached dozens of countries and has featured numerous different content creators. ASO is one half of the Athens Science Alliance along with the Athens Science Cafe.