21ST Century Scientists Working Group

November 15th 2015

Upcoming talk: Communicating Science to Policy Makers

This Friday 11/20 at noon in 109A Davenport Hall, Dr. Marianne Alleyne will speak on “Communicating Science to Policy Makers”. Dr. Alleyne, is currently a Science Policy Fellow for the Entomological Society of America. She will lead a discussion on how scientists can influence public and science policy initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of the sciences in policy discussions. Everyone is welcome to join!

November 9th 2015

Recap: Discussion about bringing STEM to marginalized populations

Ian Traniello and Stephen Fleming (graduate students in the neuroscience program) lead an informal discussion with our group about their work at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center. They have organized a group of graduate students interested in teaching stand alone lessons in various STEM fields to the kids in the detention center. They want to remove obstacles that stand in the way of this population engaging STEM. If you are interested in getting involved let us know and we can put you in touch with Ian and Stephen!

October 28th 2015

Informal chat with Dan Simons on 10/30/15

Talk this week! This Friday 10/30 at noon, Professor Dan Simons (Psychology) will speak on “So you want to write a popular science book…” He will give a brief talk and leave plenty of time for Q&A to talk about his experiences writing (and then promoting) for a trade publication. Our meeting is in room 109A Davenport Hall. See you there!

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October 14th 2015

Journal club meeting on 10/16/15

We will be meeting in 109A Davenport Hall at noon on Friday 10/16/15 for a journal club discussion lead by Sudharsan Dwaraknath.

In this meeting we will discuss different ways in which scientists can directly communicate their research to the public. The articles for discussion will be  “Re-Envisioning the Communication of our Science” McGarveyandMason_15 and “Wikipedia Editors Woo Scientists to Improve Content Quality” Hodson_15.

Everyone is welcome to join for an informal discussion.