the value of telling your story...
Why should you care about public understanding of science? Watch this video.
Offered each spring by Bruce Lewenstein: Comm 5660, Science Communication Workshop.
Are you interested in science journalism, writing a press release, starting a science blog, learning the interview dos and don'ts, or being involved in Citizen Science? An excellent list of resources compiled for this workshop for anyone considering following up on any of the topics covered in Comm 5660 is listed here.
Think your topic of research is hard to write about for a public audience? Steven Stogatz solved this problem in his New York Times series "The Elements of Math". In this article, he discusses where he got his inspiration.
- weekend science communication workshop (see above)
- coursework in journalism; media training workshop
- write a press release, develop a podcast or blog
- externship with media, science museum, botanical garden, advocacy organization
- internship with Cornell Chronicle, Lab of Ornithology
- put together and lead an Expand Your Horizons workshop
- write a press release or op ed
- give oral presentations to lay audiences
- submit an article to a trade magazine; write a review of the literature in your field
- apply to ComSciCon
- 10 week summer stint with AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows program
- find opportunities to share your science: SciReach.org aims to give graduate students in the sciences, like the ones at Cornell, somewhere to find opportunities to practice their science communication skills, network, and get inspired to pursue their passion for science communication.
Examples of outcomes and experiences:
- Co-author a BEST Program press release with your mentor; then do it again
- Beef up the next abstract you submit with help from a professional science reporter
- Co-organize and speak on a panel to discuss how academia can work better with industry
- Learn tips from professionals through a science communication career panel discussion. Moderate the panel.
- Improve your 10-minute talk through video capture and critique [read feedback]. Write about your experience.
- Write an article on what you get out of communicating your research to broad audiences
- Learn to use theatrical techniques to improve your presentation skills
- Plan and host a Cornell ComSciCon; then pass the torch to others
- Write an op-ed that influences state policy
- Participate in the Three Minute Thesis competition
- Compete in the Atkinson Center sesquicentennial video contest
- Speak at an industry conference and get feedback from practitioners
- Publish in Science your ideas about reimagining the postdoc
- Make a movie! Dance your PhD thesis, and win a competition
- Start a newsletter
- Start a blog or vlog (video blog) on your company, your research, about the intersection of disease and society, your life, your passion. Be selected to blog for the NIH BEST consortium!
- Host a lab crawl to showcase your research to grad students outside your field
- Be a science communication speaker and share your experiences with other grad students and postdocs