The Engage graduate-level seminar course at the University of Washington teaches emerging scientists to effectively communicate through development of a seminar on their own research for a general audience. The course themes include storytelling, audience consideration, and public speaking while incorporating lessons and tools from a variety of sources: improvisational games, group discussion and feedback, and, most importantly, practice. After completion of the course, students give their presentations at a public venue. Check out their schedule here!
An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental Issues Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall (ACC) 012
Free to attend. Please register by Thursday, February 24, 2013.
How big is your data? And can your students grok it? In an era when datasets are mushrooming, the cloud is ever expanding, and environmental science is in dire need of multidisciplinary, real world information to document and address global change; how do we bring students to the party? Can “big data” make them more aware, make them care more? Or is an onslaught of information more likely to create overload? Where is the balance between ownership and understanding? Join us for MGT: How Big is Your Data? where we’ll hear from 4 faculty members who are convincing their students to dive headfirst into datasets larger than any one student could ever collect.
- Andrew Connolly, Professor, Astronomy
- Miles Logsdon, Senior Lecturer, Oceanography
- James Lutz, Research Scientist, Environmental & Forest Sciences
- Daniela Witten, Associate Professor, Biostatistics; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Statistics; Affiliate Investigator, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
With less than five months to go before the launch of the 2013 Seattle Science Festival, exhibitor and program recruitment has launched into high gear. The Pacific Science Center is looking for exhibitors to bring engaging, innovative hands-on activities to Seattle Center for the Science EXPO Day on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, they are looking for musicians, entertainers and scientific stage performers to star on the EXPO Day stages, Signature Program hosts, and volunteers for the week’s festivities. Check out the great event and get involved!
ScienceOnline comprises a community of people interested in discovering, discussing, and extending how science is done and shared online. This organization has an annual conference, which will be held this year on January 30-February 2. For those in town who aren’t able to make the conference, but are interested in the topic, ScienceOnlineSeattle will be hosting watch parties for two of the conference’s sessions. We’ll be talking about the deficit model in science communication, and how altmetrics can help you track your scientific impact online. Check out the details and sign up here!
The Department of American Indian Studies, The College of the Environment, The Diversity Research Institute and the Department of Communication are pleased to announce a book talk by journalist and senior environmental reporter, Glen Martin, on Thursday, January 17 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Smith Room (room 324) of Suzzallo Library.
Glen Martin’s presentation will address the broad theses presented in his recent book, Game Changer: Animal Rights and the Fate of Africa’s Wildlife, with particular focus on the necessity of incorporating the input of indigenous people in ambitious conservation schemes. He will discuss issues involving African native communities, but will also examine native interests and conservation dynamics in North America; he hopes to spend some time on the Inuit Tapirisat and the harp seal pup harvest controversy, and the Yurok and salmon id restoration efforts in
the Klamath watershed.
The talk will be followed by a reception.
“Celebrainstorm time, c’mon”! ScienceOnlineSeattle is wrapping up 2012 with a celebration and brainstorming event with our #soSEA community! Come out for an evening of discussion about all things science + online, share your thoughts about our events from this past year, and join us in coming up with more fantastic topics and stellar speakers for 2013. The celebration will not be livestreamed — but it will be live-tweeted!
November 14th is known in certain circles worldwide as “GIS Day”, a day to learn about, marvel at, and share the innovative research and application of geospatial data. Using data from GPS devices, satellites, even smart-phones, GIS tools and skill sets are becoming ever more important for understanding our world and our place in it. Join our local UW community and learn more about what we’re doing on campus, tomorrow! Check out the itinerary here.