Communicating Science to the Public Effectively (CENV 500) – Winter 2013

This is a *fantastic* course created by and for graduate students, with strong leadership from CoEnv grad students (most recently Rachel Mitchell from SEFS and Jessica Rohde from SAFS). They have run this course successfully for two years and we’re now sponsoring it as a C ENV course. Participants in the seminar will have the opportunity to present a 30 minute public talk on their graduate research to be delivered during the 2013 Engage: The Science Speaker Series at Town Hall Seattle.

Communicating Science to the Public Effectively (CENV 500) Winter 2013
3 credits (Credit/No Credit)
Meets Tuesdays 9:30-12:20 in Fish 203
This is a seminar, discussion-based course for graduate students in the sciences that focuses on effective techniques for sharing scientific research with non-specialists. At the end of the quarter, each student will present a 30 minute public talk on their graduate research to be delivered during the 2013 Engage: The Science Speaker Series at Town Hall Seattle.

In this course, students will:
– Develop and practice several analogies to distill their research
– Create a variety of concise research promoting statements
– Practice story-telling and audience consideration
– Use improvisation as a public speaking tool
– Engage in weekly readings and discussions
– Hear from guest speakers on science communication

General information<http://www.engage-science.com/> about Engage: The Science Speaker Series and Seminar

What others have written:
Crafting the Story Behind the Science<http://www.artsci.washington.edu/newsletter/Jan11/engage.asp> A&S Perspectives Newsletter

Designing a Practical Science Communication Curriculum<http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2010/10/12/designing-a-practical-science-communication-curriculum/> The Intersection at Discover Blogs

Engage Speaker Series: Where science meets storytelling<http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/56140> UW Today

Questions? Email Jessica Rohde rohdej<mailto:rohdej>

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