Our seminars are open and free of charge to all CMU graduate students and postdocs. However, we have a limited number of spaces, so please register early to make sure you can participate.
Melissa Martin (bio) and the PCR Team
September 27, 2014 (3 PM onwards)
Bandi Shaum Community Garden (map)
(In case of inclement weather, we will send out information about the rain location to those who have registered.)
Our second annual retreat gives everyone a chance to meet other communication-minded researchers at CMU. This also reinforces one of our key workshops: theatre techniques for science communication. Theatre games aren't just for acting — they teach us how to talk to an audience of strangers the way we talk with our friends. Participants learn to use improvisation techniques to discover a sense of spontaneity and passion, without reducing the importance of evidence. Then we'll discover a campfire with s'mores.
For transportation, the 54 bus goes almost directly to the garden from Forbes and Craig St. If there is sufficient interest, we can also arrange carpools; fill out the appropriate options on the registration form if you'd like to carpool.
Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to connect with people and share ideas. It is essential that we master the narrative arts for effective science communication. Here we take a deeper dive into storytelling with The Story Collider, a national podcast that curates personal stories about how science has affected peoples' lives.
Part 1: The Show
For the second year in a row, the Story Collider show comes to Pittsburgh! Five Carnegie Mellon students will share stories of extraordinary encounters with curiosity and the world.
Tickets are available here.
Note: As a joint event with The Story Collider and the Rex Theater, this will be a ticketed event with an admission fee.
Part 2: The Seminar
The producers of the Story Collider will share what they've learned preparing hundreds of science storytellers for the stage. The lessons they share will help you tell your stories and use them to enhance your talks and communication with the public.
Part 3: Small Group Workshop
For more advanced practice with storytelling, we'll break off into two small group workshops with the producers of Story Collider. Participants will receive one-on-one feedback from the producers and their peers, and get hands-on practice crafting and refining stories.
Register for both the seminar and the small group workshop here.
Talking to the Media Workshop
Sitting down for a media interview is a powerful opportunity to advocate for your field, correct misconceptions, and put a personal face to science. Interviewing requires more than just distilling your message into soundbites: you also have to improvise and tell a story that's personal and emotional, all while under pressure. Anybody who does this well had to train for it. Join us as we get expert advice and feedback from a former 60 Minutes interviewer with years of experience training scientists to interact with the media.
Part 1: The Seminar
Steven Reiner (bio)
October 31, 2014, 3:30-4:30 PM
Doherty Hall 1112
There are many steps you can take in advance to help ensure your media interviews go well. In this seminar, participants will learn how to prepare for a media interview, including shaping clear, crisp answers, fielding difficult questions, and reinforcing their fundamental message.
Part 2: On-Camera Interview Session
Steven Reiner (bio)
October 31, 2014, 4:45-7 PM
Doherty Hall 1209
Learning about talking to the media is one thing, but actually doing it is another. How do you perform in front of a camera? Come find out at our interview workshop! Steven will run a short 5-10 minute video interview with each attendee about their work and give them feedback, and we'll send them a copy of the video to take home.
Blogging Club (ongoing)
We blog at ScienceNonFiction.org about pothole physics, why computers in Denver make more mistakes, the ethics of animal research, and more. Occasionally articles get picked up, but mostly we write for our own practice at writing. If you want to share your excitement about research and work on articles with a friendly group, come join us for one of our weekly meetings!