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Communicate Your Science workshop for CSU students, employees

March 30, 2011

Have you ever tried to explain what you do at work to a new friend, only to receive puzzled looks and out-of-context questions?

Communicate Your ScienceA group of CSU professors are teaming up to help CSU students and employees better talk to the public about their scientific research in an effort to help increase funding to programs and public understanding of a research university.  

Keynote speaker is award-winning science writer

Joe Verrengia, senior public affairs administrator for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, will provide the keynote presentation at the spring 2011 Communicate Your Science symposium.

“The workshop is designed to help science trainees and those interested in scientific issues to improve their communication skills,” said Stu Tobet, professor of Biomedical Sciences and director of CSU’s School of Biomedical Engineering.  

Verrengia will speak at 2 p.m. Monday, April 11, at the Hilton hotel, 425 W. Prospect, Fort Collins. His presentation will focus on the importance of communication in scientists’ and engineers’ careers.

Prior to his NREL position, Verrengia was a science editor and writer for the Associated Press and Rocky Mountain News for 22 years, and then senior director of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for three years. He graduated from Columbia University and has held fellowships at MIT, UCLA, University of Virginia and the National Science Foundation. He holds two dozen journalism prizes, has authored three books and has been nominated for the Pulitzer prize four times.

Nuts-and-bolts breakout sessions

After Verrengia’s presentation, intensive, interactive breakout sessions will provide attendees with the nuts and bolts of how to produce messages that will be more understandable and applicable to citizens and policymakers not involved day to day in the scientific process. Workshop participants can select two sequential 45-minute, hands-on communication sessions. The sessions are “Speak to be Understood,” “Abstract Writing Tips” and “Ethics and Communication: Full Disclosure is Good Disclosure.”

The workshop is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research. A team of professors from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the Graduate School, the English Department and the Journalism and Technical Communication Department have helped plan and develop the science communication symposiums each semester.

Register to help the team plan this semester’s workshop. 

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009