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Friday, February 27 - Sunday, March 01, 2015
Science Communication Workshop SPRING 2015

Bruce Lewenstein will again be offering his hands-on Science Comm Workshop (COMM 5660) from 27 Feb-1 March. Dan Fagin, a Pulitzer-Prize winning science & environmental journalist ( will give a Friday afternoon public talk (4pm in Kennedy 213-see the flyer) and then meet for dinner with students in the workshop.

Details forthcoming...priority given to BEST applicants.

This intensive weekend workshop trains graduate students and post-docs in the sciences (including natural sciences, engineering, experimental social sciences, etc.) to communicate effectively – especially about controversial topics, such as climate change -- with nonscientists such as policy makers, political stakeholders, the media, and the general public. Activities include role-playing, mini-lectures, hands-on practice writing press releases and other outreach materials, real-time practice being interviewed for the media, and discussion with invited speakers.

We start right out on Saturday with writing for the public through press releases and blogs.

You’ll get practice. Plenty of practice. Sunday is devoted to constructing a message and delivering it in a broadcast media interview.

Course website: [to be updated]

Instructor: Professor Bruce Lewenstein


First, come with a brief (100-200 word) written summary of your own research. You will use this summary as the basis for class activities. If you are interested in science blogging, set up your own blog site in advance (Google’s Blogger service,, is pretty simple to use, but you’re welcome to try another service if you prefer).

213 Kennedy Hall
Dan Fagin 4pm Feb 27
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