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Science-speak: Translate, please!

May 5, 2011

Traditional science education does not adequately prepare scientists to communicate about their work with stakeholders outside academics. Nancy Baron, the lead communications trainer from Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, maintains that the knowledge of scientists is urgently needed to inform wise environmental decision making.

Monday, May 9
5 p.m.
Grey Rock Room
Lory Student Center

"Risks and rewards of science communication," will be presented by Nancy Baron, author of Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter.

Should scientists 'clear the air?'

Public confusion and scientific anguish over Climategate, the Gulf Oil Spill, and other events reveal the need for society to be better informed by science. Part of the solution is for scientists to speak up, delivering a clearer message to policy makers, the public, and the media.

Yet some scientists raise important questions:

  • Is this part of a scientist's job?
  • Are the risks worth the rewards?
  • How does one do this effectively?

Speaker sketch

Nancy Baron is science outreach director for COMPASS and the lead communications trainer for the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program. Over the past decade she has coached thousands of environmental scientists and led workshops in nine countries.

Event part of communication workshop series

The public presentation is part of "Talking environmental science: An invited workshop in communication." The public presentation and workshop are co-sponsored by:

More information.

Contact: Kerri McDermid
Phone: (970) 492-4155