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Grad student talk - Science outreach: Calculated approaches to celebrating the act of discovery

Thursday, September 01, 2011, 4:30AM - 5:30AM


Ryan Vachon


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Science Outreach, broader impacts, communications are essential components to most research proposals. There is a widespread recognition that the public could gain from understanding the incredible science that we conduct. There are numerous ways to convey scientific information (school visits to videos, websites to teacher trainings) and just as many sorts of individuals to reach (children to science peers, parents to political opponents). Earth Initiatives, an affiliate of INSTAAR, is a non-profit organization that strives to use its skill sets to communicate scientific concepts to the public and other researchers in manners appropriate for the intended audience. During the graduate student talk, Ryan Vachon will talk about several of the initiatives taking root under the organization and in association with INSTAAR. Additionally, a number of concepts are in development, and the best way to move them forward is to brainstorm with you. New ideas are welcome.