Our seminars are open and free of charge to all CMU graduate students and postdocs. Knowing how many people to expect really helps us plan, so please register early if you're planning to come!
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Understanding Misunderstanding: Why All Scientists Need Social Science
February 18, 2016, 4:30pm-5:30pm
University Center, McConomy Auditorium
Dr. Julie Sweetland, FrameWorks Institute
When people hear the term "research," they're likely to picture "looking things up." A common impression is that science can't be trusted because "there's a different study every week." We must understand how the public conceptualizes science, scientists, and the scientific process, because these stories shape conversations about the most pressing issues of our time. This keynote seminar will highlight insights from the FrameWorks Institute's research into which narratives are dominant when people think about science, how those narratives are triggered, and how they impact the public discourse.
Refreshments will be provided.
The FrameWorks Institute is a non-profit think tank that conducts original research investigating the communications aspects of social issues. They're the 2015 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, and their research is used to influence public discourse and advocacy every day around the world.
Strategic Frame Analysis: From Theory to Practice
University Center, McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms
The keynote will be followed by a deep-dive workshop on designing communication to strategically navigate common narratives about science. Using case studies and exercises, we will transfer theory into practice in some of the most challenging science communication contexts – debunking myths, talking about uncertainty, and reframing questions during an interview.
RSVP for both parts here.
In addition to the University Lecture Series and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, we also thank the Science and Engineering Ambassadors, the Students for Science and Technology Policy group, the CMU chapter of Sigma Xi, for making this event possible with their generous sponsorship.
Public Communication for Lunchers: Dr. Deborah Stine
February 25, 2016, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Doherty Hall 1209
If you're hungry for science communication and also maybe for pizza, join our Public Communication for Lunchers series. Each time we’ll get to know a different CMU faculty as they share their own experience in science communication. Food is provided; bring your own curiosity.
Dr. Deborah Stine teaches in Engineering and Public Policy. She'll share her experience bridging between academia and government with the National Academies, as a specialist for Congressional Research Services, and as the Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at the White House.
Blog: Science Non Fiction
Every Monday, 5:45-6:45 PM
Doherty Hall 1117
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!