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Friday, December 15, 2017
BEST recommended science communication & science policy courses

BEST recommended courses: 

  • BME 4440 Science Policy Boot Camp: Concept to Conclusion (3 cr. C. Schaffer) This is an interdisciplinary service-learning course where students will explore the trends that shape science and innovation policy, understand core science policy concepts and engage in active policymaking work. This three-credit course will comprise of a three-hour long session that will meet every week. The first hour of each session will be devoted to broadening student's perspective on science policy. The following two hours will be spent working in groups on the primary activity of the course - a science policy advocacy project that builds over the full semester. Working in small groups, students will identify a key science policy issue. Together, they will thoroughly research the issue and contact key stakeholders, formulate a detailed plan to address the issue, and unique to this course - implement their plan for solving the problem toward the end of the semester. Examples may include drafting legislation, commenting on Federal or State rulemaking procedures, launching public outreach campaigns, or raising press awareness of an issue. This aspect of the course will include both mentored work in developing the idea and advocacy plan, as well as activities to build the skills necessary to be an effective policy advocate. Examples of such activities include mock press interviews and lobbying visits. As a result of the final project - students will have the unique opportunity to address a bona fide policy issue and create a working solution.
  • COMM 5660 Science Communication Workshop ( 1 cr. B. Lewenstein) This weekend workshop (March 9-11) trains researchers in the sciences (including natural sciences, engineering, experimental social sciences, etc.) to communicate effectively with non scientists such as policy makers, political stakeholders, the media, and the general public. Training activities may include role-play, reading/discussion, writing press releases and other outreach materials, and discussion with invited speakers
  • BIOMS 5665 Community Based Research Presentations and Discussions ( 1 cr. R. Weiss) This seminar series will provide a forum for interactions between cancer research trainees and cancer patients. Through this course, students will meet and interact with cancer patients and develop skills in communicating science to the public.
  • ENGRG 3360 Developing Communicative Practice through Transmedia and Community (3 cr. J. Nucci) If you can't communicate your engineering ideas, then their potential can't be realized. This course tackles the challenge of 21st century science and engineering communication by providing instruction and practice creating innovative presentations and videos, which may ultimately become part of PBS Learning Media, a nationally distributed educational resource.