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Week 1 - Introductions, and Elevator Pitches 101

Submitted by dnavon on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 12:51

Hi all!

It was great to see so many of you in class this week.  I'm really looking forward to working with you all this semester!  You can find the lecture slides from this week posted under the appropriate tab.  We first introduced ourselves to a partner and shared the information we learned about each other with the class.  Next, we took a short pre-survey so that I could learn more about you and your goals for the semester.  The majority of you are interested primarily in learning how to communicate your own science better - although several people mentioned that they also want to learn about doing outreach for other peoples' work as well.  Lots of you seem nervous about presenting, and I'm happy to tell you that there will be several opportunities for you to practice giving presentations throughout the semester!  Your interests are extremely diverse, and we probably won't be able to cover everything.  This is definitely intended as a survey course - for more advanced science communication theory, I refer you to Ezra Markowitz's class (which will hopefully be run in the spring of 2018).  If you haven't filled out a pre-survey yet, please come and find me so that you can do so!  This information is extremely important to me.

After the pre-survey, I talked a little bit about course goals and how I define science communication (very broadly!).  I believe that the skills we learn for outreach directly apply to our professional/academic communications as well, and I hope that you find this course to be useful when it comes to practicing all forms of science communication.  Finally, I introduced the ever-present elevator pitch, shared my own with you, and asked that you develop a baseline pitch for the next class.  Next week, we'll host three guests who will represent different situations you might want to use those pitches.  You will need to adapt your pitch to their situation on the fly, with the goal of starting a conversation with them.  You'll get feedback from your classmates and the guests on how your pitch went.  

Please feel free to add content to this website!  It will hopefully become an archive of everything we do this semester.  If you see a useful or relevant article or webpage, please highlight it by creating a blog post about it and/or commenting about it on the Resources page. If you hear about a sci comm opportunity on campus, make sure to let us all know.  

Hope the rest of the week goes well!  See you Monday :)