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Thursday, September 17, 2015
Cornell-Cancer Resource Center establish a certificate program

As announced at the recent Cornell-Cancer Resource Center (CU-CRCFL) Wednesday seminar, we have received a curriculum development grant through the Engaged Cornell initiative to offer a ‘Certificate of Engagement in Public Communication of Science and Technology’  This curriculum is designed to give PhD students doing cancer research guidance and training in how to effectively interact with cancer patients and survivors in our local community and how to communicate scientific information to the public, both orally and in writing.

The new curriculum consists of 4 one credit courses:

Workshop One- Science Communication Workshop (COMM 5660); offered Fall 2015, Spring 2016 (B. Lewenstein)

Workshop Two- Science Communication Practicum (COMM 5665); to be offered Spring 2016 weekly on Wed. at 5:15pm (L. Chambliss)

Workshop Three- Social Issues in Community Engagement by Cancer Scientists (BIOMS 5660) to be offered Spring 2016 on 4-6 March

Seminar Series- Community-based Cancer Research Presentations and Discussions (BIOMS 5665)an extended version of the current monthly seminars, to be offered Spring 2016

Students who complete all four of these courses will earn a Certificate of Engagement in Public Communication of Science and Technology

Two opportunities currently exist for students interested in participating in this certificate program and/or the CU-CRCFL partnership in general:

1. Students can register to take the first of the workshops, COMM5660.  The course will be held this Fall 2015, November 13/14/15, and in the Spring 2016, on February 5/6/7. Students wishing to attend should enroll as soon as possible.

2. This Fall we will continue having monthly meetings and research presentations on Wednesday evenings.  We still need speakers for 3 dates: Oct. 14, Nov. 11, and Dec. 9. If you are interested in giving a presentation, please get in touch with Bob Weiss <> or Bob Riter <>.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the CU-CRCFL partnership or the new curriculum. More about the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes.

Best regards,


Robert S. Weiss, Ph.D.

Cornell University Department of Biomedical Sciences

T2 006C Veterinary Research Tower, 618 Tower Road

Ithaca, NY  14853, USA

Phone: (607) 253-4443; Fax: (607) 253-4212