EDUCATION SESSION & WORKSHOP

“Communicating Science to the Public”

Wednesday, May 23rd from 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Location:  Masters Hall

We will hold an education workshop: “Communicating Science to the Public”. The workshop will cover ways that individual scientists at all career levels can effectively engage with the public to communicate their science and why this is important. The planned structure is a panel discussion format to encourage direct participation and interaction with the panel. The panel will include academic scientists at different career stages who have experience engaging with the public as well as individuals who work with scientists to communicate their research to the public.

The panel will include Dr. Suzanne Pilar Birch, an assistant professor in the Departments of Geography and Anthropology at UGA. Dr. Birch co-founded the blog TrowelBlazers, which features the work of women scientists in the fields of archaeology, paleontology, and geology. Sara Beresford, Communication and Outreach program coordinator in the UGA Department of Marine Sciences, founded EcoFocus Film Festival and currently leads the outreach program for ECOGIG, which is a multi-institution research consortium investigating the deep sea impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Finally, James Hataway, who is a science writer and Media Relations Coordinator at the University of Georgia, has also accepted our invitation to join the panel.

Moderator:

Barbara Del Castello, Graduate Student, Genetics, and former White House Science Policy Intern

Email:  bjdelcas@uga.edu

Panelists:

James Hataway, Public Relations Specialist, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Georgia

Email:  jhataway@uga.edu

Suzanne Pilaar Birch, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, and Co-Founder of TrowelBlazers

Email:  sepbirch@uga.edu

Amanda Shaver, Graduate Student, Genetics, and Editor-in-Chief of Athens Science Observer

Email:  amanda.shaver@uga.edu

Sara Beresford, Communications & Outreach Coordinator of ECOGIG

Email:  sarab@uga.edu

Stephanie Halmo, Graduate Student, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Director of Athens Science Cafe

Email:  shalmo27@uga.edu

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