Kelly began her career pursuits in science and engineering because of her aspiration to help improve the world. Throughout her education, she discovered a passion for making science more transparent to the public. She realized there is a communication gap between researchers, the public, and policymakers who make policies to shape research, and use research to make policy. She began working to communicate science in a way that is more interesting and engaging for non-experts.
Part of Kelly’s role on the leadership board for 500 Women Scientists is to contribute to Op-Eds and statements that the organization produces. You can read some statements on the 500 Women Scientist’s Medium Page. Some of their mainstream articles are below:
Seattle Times: As EPA head, Scott Pruitt must act on climate change
Kelly also does occasional Freelance writing. Her stories are below:
The Stranger: What Smoking Weed Does to Teen Brains
Kelly started writing a science blog called “Gray Matter Happy Hour” in 2014 as a hobby, with the aim to help close the communication gap. The blog is themed around scientific issues that are relevant to every-day life, with a focus on studies and discoveries that could shape policy as well as policy that could shape the future of science.
Some of the most popular articles from Gray Matter Happy Hour:
Kelly was a participant in and is now a member of the board of directors for the Engage Science program, which trains students to communicate their research to a broad public audience. She wrote an Engage Science blog post for this class about how to effectively communicate controversial scientific issues to people with differing worldviews using strategies she learned at the AAAS meeting in February of 2015.
Some of Kelly’s biggest inspirations are Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. They inspire children and adults to become interested in the sciences, while using their celebrity to bring issues important to improving life for everybody to the attention of the world.