STJR Graduate Bernard Appiah Continues Industrious Life
Posted May 12, 2014
Writing, editing, research,
international projects, multiple academic degrees, a graduate
student wife, and three children—the list of things that keep STJR
graduate Bernard Appiah busy is not short.
In fact, if something characterizes Bernard, it is that he has
always liked to keep busy. As an undergraduate in Ghana, Bernard
volunteered as editor for multiple student organizations. After
graduating in 2002, he became a drug information pharmacist and
publications manager at the National Drug Information Resource
Centre in Ghana. He also contributed to science radio and TV shows
and even authored a book and edited others on using medicines
Bernard’s productivity got him several awards, including a
Council of Science Editors scholarship that allowed him to attend
its 2007 annual meeting in the United States. At that meeting he
heard about the STJR program, which he entered the next year.
In his first year, Bernard did an internship with Science
Editor, the CSE magazine. Then he assisted with AuthorAID, a
project that helps scientists in developing countries to publish
their research. He graduated from the STJR program in 2010 and went
on to pursue a doctorate in public health at Texas A&M.
Bernard has remained active in science communication, writing
articles for the Canadian Medical Association Journal,
SciDev.Net, and other publications. Also, he remains involved with
AuthorAID and the Centre for Science and Health Communication,
which he founded in Ghana.
Bernard emphasizes understanding the audience’s culture whenever
he writes and edits. For instance, he explained that “because
illiteracy tends to be very high in Africa, you really want to
break down the language in a way that the people can understand
Bernard is now a research associate at the Texas A&M Health
Science Center School of Public Health, focusing on how
communication can improve health care in underserved and culturally
diverse areas. He received his doctorate in public health in 2013.
Bernard’s bachelor’s degree is from Kwame Nkrumah University
of Science and Technology. In addition to his master’s degree in
STJR, he has a master’s in development communication from the
University of the Philippines Open University. He and his wife—who
is currently pursuing her master’s in public health—have three
children, ages 2, 5, and 7.
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