Dr. Marisha Godek

Submitted by cgilman on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 13:23

On March 28, Marisha Godek, a Principal Research Scientist at Medtronic, came to share with us her experiences in industry and her tips for communicating with non-technical partners.

By non-technical partner, Marisha explained she means anyone who doesn't know as much as you do about a topic. That's... almost everyone, if you're talking about your research, right?

Tweet Your Research

Submitted by cgilman on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:04

On Monday (Aprill 11) we will practice talking about science.

This time we'll be more informal than when we did our elevator talks.

To prepare for this, you should play around with UP-GOER FIVE TEXT EDITOR, if you haven't already. It's extremely challenging to explain science with only the 1000 most used words.

I'm not saying you should always explain science this way, but it'll catch all the jargon and push you to simplify.

ASSIGNMENT (due before Monday)

New Blog Post Due Week of April 11 :)

Submitted by cgilman on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 19:42

I LOVED reading your blog posts! I was delighted by the range of topics, how well you write, and how clearly your points of view came through.

And now it’s time to write another post!!! :)

This one is due any time next week (the week of April 11).

Again, it should be ≥ 750 words on any STEM topic. 


This time, you can try writing it as a news-style post (or not - these posts are designed to help you stretch and grow as a science communicator, they should NOT make you feel constrained and/or anxious!).

Dr. Connie Chow!!! - UPDATE!

Submitted by cgilman on Thu, 03/17/2016 - 14:38

Once again we were fortunate to welcome outreach expert Dr. Connie Chow to our class!

We also had other special guests in attendance, including Dr. Markowitz’s Public Engagement and Communication class, among others.


Connie spoke about her winding journey from her youth, through academia, and into outreach.

Science/Scientific Writing

Submitted by cgilman on Tue, 03/08/2016 - 10:19

Scientific journal news-style summary of peer-reviewed article (due in class March 21)

  • 500 word (± 50 words) summary of the article I handed you in class.
  • No passive voice
  • Snappy title (~six words ‐ what is the story?)
  • Intro should introduce topic (i.e., background), question authors were addressing (point of study), who did the study.
  • Draw the reader in. 
  • Briefly explain methods (generally).

Science Communication Workshop through Cornell: July 15&23

Submitted by kstraley on Mon, 03/07/2016 - 10:54

Hi everyone,

Another science communication workshop came up via the ECOLOG-L listserv. Check it out! Applications close March 30th.


"Graduate students and post-doctoral researchers are invited to apply for the 2016 Communicating Science Workshop on Friday, July 15th, 2016 and Saturday, July 23rd, 2016, at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.


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