21ST Century Scientists Working Group

February 24th 2017

The new Certificate in Science Communication

The new Certificate in Science Communication is offered jointly by the 21st Century Scientists Working Group and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

The ability to communicate with others about your research is an important part of being a scientist today. Understanding your audience and presenting your work in a way that resonates with them will help you interact more successfully with members of the press, members of the public, and grant committees. It may also enable you to engage directly with your audience through your own writing, videos, podcasts, or other media.

Questions to 21centurysci [at] gmail.com – we encourage you to contact us if you’re interested in pursuing the certificate. We will announce an orientation session on this page soon, but email us to be sure to be told about that when it’s scheduled!

February 24th 2017

Journal club Monday, March 13

Join us Monday, March 13 for journal club, presented by Michelle Rodrigues:

Kahan, Dan M., et al. “Science curiosity and political information processing.” (2016).


Remember, join us TODAY (Friday Feb 24) from 3-4:30 pm at CLSLfor our panel on intersectionality in science!

February 20th 2017

Intersectionality panel this Friday!

Please join us for an event this Friday, Feb 24 from 3-4:30pm in B102 CLSL (Miller Auditorium)

Does Science Need Intersectionality?
Recent administrative actions from the White House bode poorly for financial support of science. Federal funding may come with the baggage of gag orders, grants may be frozen, and some kinds of science may even be defunded. Other political issues may not be so obviously relevant to scientists. The current administration’s support of white supremacist rhetoric, promotion of politicians with a history of attacking LGBTQ rights and attempt to pass a ban on immigration from majority-Muslim countries is also concerning. How do these issues affect the scientific enterprise, and what should scientists do about it?

Panelists will discuss how intersectionality has helped them see their work differently; how it has helped them see themselves as a scientist operating in a broader cultural paradigm differently; and how they expect the current political climate will affect their work. The panel will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience.

Panelists include:

  • Kelly Cross, PhD. Research Scientist, BioEngineering. Dr. Cross is working to redesign the BioEngineering curriculum through the NSF-funded Revolutionizing Engineering Departments Grant.
  • Deanna Hence, PhD. Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Hence studies tropical meteorology, hazardous weather, and their consequences for humans.
  • Elisabeth Stone, PhD. Director of Education, Spurlock Museum. Dr. Stone is a feminist archaeologist who focuses on community engagement and inclusive practice.
  • Cari Vanderpool, PhD. Associate Professor, Microbiology. Dr. Vanderpool studies the regulation of bacterial stress responses.

February 4th 2017

Journal club Monday, Feb 6

This week’s journal club will be presented by Katie Lee on Monday, 12-1pm, in ERML 138. Remember, you don’t have to have read the article to attend, and it’s a great way to get in to 21sci meetings!

This month’s article is:

Eveland, William P., and Kathryn E. Cooper. “An integrated model of communication influence on beliefs.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110.Supplement 3 (2013): 14088-14095.


See you there!