Crowdfunding: Creating new possibilities for science

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
12 noon – 1 pm
LPSC 402
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Curious about crowdfunding? Come and learn all about it, get your questions answered, and contribute to the conversation.

Lacie LaRue from the OSU Foundation will share about the Create Oregon State crowdfunding site that the Foundation manages.

Joey Hulbert, OSU Alum, will speak about his recent experience crowdfunding on He will compare the site to other platforms for crowdfunding scientific research. Joey will share tips for launching a campaign as well as advice to be successful. He will also share about his public engagement experiences in the Willamette Valley.

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Monday, April 13, 2015 – Provost’s Lecture Series  
Dr. Richard Besser
Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – Philosophy Talk – Live at OSU
“Science and Politics: Friends or Foes?”

Thursday, April 21, 2015 – OSU SciComm Brown-bag
Crowdfunding your research – more info in April

Thursday, April 21, 2015 – ADVANCE Annual Lecture
Dr. Rita Colwell

Enjoy Spring Break!

Brown-Bag Discussion

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 

LPSC 402 

 Should scientists withhold some evidence to avoid alarming the public? Who decides?

We will have conversations related to the connection between science as a journal article and as a media story.

Please bring an example to share (if you have one) of a science story in the media that either avoided the pitfalls of over-dramatization or fell headlong into the snake pit.

Share the brown-bag with colleagues who you feel could add to the discussion or need assistance.

Recent articles helpful for discussion:


Thanks to those who attended the engaging brown-bag event today on how improv benefits our science communication.

The fundamental skills that improvisers develop are: Trust; Spontaneity; Accepting offers; Listening and Awareness; Storytelling; and Performing with Presence.

We played some games and learned the three improv principles:thumb_Improv-for-Success

  1. Say “yes, and” (Agreement)
  2. Make your partner look good (Support)
  3. Follow the rules (Trust)

Please fill out a very short (less than 1 minute) survey, so we can gauge interest for future improv training at OSU.  

If you attended the session today, we also appreciate any feedback.

Improv and SciComm Survey

What’s Improv Got To Do with It?!

Innovative Presentations

Tuesday, February 17th 

12 noon – 1pm

LPSC Seminar room 402

Effectively presenting scientific content is more about what you do than what you say.  

Communications consultant, Jean Bonifas, and scientist/entrepreneur, Paul Ahrens, will engage you in conversation and kinesthetic experiments to explore the connection between improv and effective science communication.

Jean and Paul have been improvising together for 13 years. Their combined professional expertise and personal improv experience coalesce to offer up at least one immediately applicable innovative idea you can use to enhance the effectiveness of your next presentation.

Learn more about our guest presenters