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Delmarva Now: UD professor turns research into children's books

Research papers can contain quite a bit of complicated and academic language. Danielle Dixson knows that. But the assistant professor at the University of Delaware's Lewes campus wants to have her research be more accessible to the masses. To do so, she takes her papers and makes children's books out of them.

"It’s great that we know more information or we found a study or found something interesting," she said. "But it needs to be communicated to more than just people who read scientific papers, which is not the majority of people."

Dixson, who joined UD in June, started writing children's books while she was doing post-doctorate work in Fiji in 2012. It was her way of communicating with locals there about her work, in addition to making videos for adults.