[pccgrads] Applications Open: Communicating Science to the Public Effectively (CENV 500)-winter course

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Fri Oct 12 15:26:50 PDT 2018

Communicating Science to the Public Effectively (CENV 500)

Winter 2018

3 credits (Credit/No Credit)

Meets Wednesdays 1:30-4:20pm

Whether you’re looking to give an unforgettable job talk, change a
policymaker’s mind, or finally get your grandparent to understand your
research, the Engage course is a great professional development opportunity
and learning experience. This is a discussion-based course for graduate
students in the sciences that focuses on effective techniques for
communicating science, with an emphasis on sharing your science with
non-specialists. At the end of the quarter, each student will present a 20
minute public talk on their graduate research to be delivered during the
2019 Engage: The Science Speaker Series at Town Hall Seattle.

In this course, students will:

- Develop and practice analogies to distill their research

- Perfect their elevator pitches

- Practice storytelling, audience consideration, and cultural competency

- Play improv games to leverage improvisation as a public speaking tool

- Engage in weekly readings and discussions

- Hear from guest speakers on science communication

Space is limited to 15 students, and the course fills quickly, often with
an extensive waiting list. Thus, we have an application process and an
expectation agreement which must be completed for a student to be enrolled.
The student application is available here
<https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/engageuw/361980>, and must be
submitted by November 16, 2018.

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

What others have written:

Science Students Learn to Tell Stories
<http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020628506_talkingsciencexml.html> The
Seattle Times

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
Intersection at Discover Blogs

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

If you have any questions about the course, please email Katie Reichard,
kreich31 at uw.edu

The Engage course and community invites all to apply. We strive to work
with a diverse group of scientists and to create an inclusive space that
lifts up the voices of individuals and enables them to be their fullest
self in their science communication. If you anticipate needing
accommodations for this class or the application, feel free to reach out
directly to Katie.
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