We had some guests join us in class this week to tell us more about their own experiences with sci comm. Patty Brennan, who through conservative-minded attacks on her research has become a champion in the defense of basic research; Katie Wu, a graduate student at Harvard who is the co-director of Science in the News, a massive outreach effort that spans all different kinds of media; and Bridget Macdonald, whose primary job these days involves outreach for the North Antlantic Landscape Conservation Coop. We talked about their reasons for sci comm, their current communication efforts, and more generally their process for writing about complex scientific concepts. I really enjoyed having them with us and I hope you did, too!
Next week, we'll be ending the semester on a fun note, with presentation karaoke! For those of you who have never heard of this, presentation karaoke involves presenting slides that you did not prepare ahead for. You come up to the front of the class and talk for 2-3 minutes about the slides that are in front of you, no notes, no idea where it's going next. So your homework this week is to come up with 3-4 slides about a topic. These can (and probably should) be simple! NO WORDS ALLOWED ON YOUR SLIDES! Just lots of pictures, maybe a graph or two, but nothing you write. Send them to me by Sunday night so I can aggregate them. We'll have a little fun on Monday!
Please remember that I'm pushing the start time of class by 15 min to 1:40. I don't anticipate class to end more than 5-10 minutes late (I don't think we'll need the whole time). Thanks!