Dione (Dee) Rossiter is currently a freelancer who works with non-profits, universities, government agencies, and for-profit businesses to improve their science engagement efforts; this includes creating new and/or improving existing science communication, marketing, education, policy, diversity, and outreach initiatives, programs, and materials.
Rossiter was previously the Scientific Programs & Outreach Manager at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. In this role, she provided independent leadership of science programs, outreach, and special initiatives intended to broaden the reach of scientific research, both within the worldwide scientific community and with the general public. Her duties include managing all partnerships between Carnegie Science and other research institution, government agencies, nonprofits, media outlets, and corporations.
Before beginning at Carnegie Science in 2015, she was a Project Director within the Education Directorate at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Within this role, she was the Director of the AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program, a 45-year-old Fellowship that places advanced science student in news outlets across the country to work as science reporters. In addition to managing long-standing, high-profile programs, she organized public outreach and engagement events, particular those aimed towards under-served communities, and promoted and encouraged women and historically underrepresented minorities (of which she is both) in science.
Her broad goals as an advocate and educator are to: (1) increase the public’s interest and understanding of science, (2) advance the scientific enterprise by by creating a more inclusive environment, (3) prepare, diversify, and expand the scientific workforce, (4) present viable and fulfilling science career options to young scientists,(4) convince scientists of their duty to communicate the benefits of science outside of academia to the broader society, (5) arm scientists with the skills to communicate science more effectively to each other, students, reporters, and lay audiences, and (7) encourage more, and more accurate, science within the mass media and popular culture.
She joined AAAS in 2012 after receiving her PhD in Atmospheric Science (specifically cloud microphysics) within the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. While a graduate student, she worked with the Division of Graduate Studies to create university initiatives that would address the lack of diversity amongst the graduate population. Before her final year in graduate school, she was awarded an AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship and created science radio stories in Washington, DC. Between graduate school and her undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, she worked as a science educator at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California.