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A Collaborative of Scientists, Writers and Outreach Specialists

The Process of Podcasting: Using College Radio to Communicate Science

April 2nd, 2014

 microphone Inspiration Dissemination5

 Inspiration Dissemination is a radio program on Oregon State University’s station, KBVR that invites graduate students to share their stories and discuss their research projects live over the radio. Co-host of the program, Joey Hulbert will introduce the objectives and explain what happens “behind the scenes” of Inspiration Dissemination.

Tuesday, April 15

12 noon – 1pm

LPSC Seminar room 402

Presenter: Joey Hulbert

During this brown bag lunch discussion, Joey will share a short podcast compilation featuring graduate students from College of Agriculture and explain the process of creating a podcast episode. He will also discuss the value of social media and explain the typical format of each interview.

Joey encourages anyone interested in science communication to attend this discussion. He invites us to provide feedback to improve how the program can help the guests become better science communicators. For more information about the program, visit: http://oregonstate.edu/inspiration

Joey Hulbert

Video Recording of Video Storytelling

February 21st, 2014

ScienceOnline Together Watch Party

February 14th, 2014


The ScienceOnline Together Conference is the 8th annual international meeting on Science and the Web. 

ScienceOnline Together
Raleigh, NC
February 26 – March 1, 2014

We are able to participate without traveling to North Carolina.
We will watch moderated discussions and create our own conference at OSU.  All are welcome.   SEE SCHEDULE

The sessions are especially interesting to:

  • Science writers and journalists;
  • Web communicators;
  • Outreach specialists; and
  • Scientists and students with an interest in outreach, blogging, and social media.

More info on ScienceOnline Watch Parties

The Watch Party is sponsored by

Terra Research Magazine

Environmental Health Sciences Center

February Brown-bag on Video Storytelling

February 10th, 2014

Please join us for our next event!

Telling your story through
compelling video 

Tuesday, February 18  
12 noon – 1 pm 
Linus Pauling Science Center (LPSC)  
seminar room 402

Presenter: Heather Turner, 
Multimedia Communications Specialist for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State
Former reporter Heather Turner will take you inside mind of a videographer -showing the basics behind creating a video story that is compelling, informative and relevant to the viewer.

Using visuals, Heather will describe what it takes to prepare yourself and the interviewee for an interview, how to set the scene, conduct the interview, use basic lighting and editing techniques and more.

Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to create a video people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy.

Growth and Change Related to “Open Access”

January 9th, 2014

You are invite to our next brown-bag discussion…

Open Access: Where Are We Now?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
12 noon to 1 pm
Linus Pauling Science Center room 402

Presenter: Michael Boock
Head of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services at OSU Libraries & Press

Michael Boock will provide a brief definition of open access; describe where we are at now in terms of open access prevalence and where we might expect to be in the near future.

Boock will differentiate between gold and green open access, describe the growth or diminution of those two forms of OA around the world, provide examples of each form, and describe existing and emerging gold open access funding models.

Finally, he will touch on the emergence of federal, state and institutional open access policies with a focus on implementation of the OSU open access policy adopted by Faculty Senate in 2013. Potential implementation scenarios for the White House Office of Science and Technology open access policy memorandum and the FASTR legislation will also be reviewed.



Twitter SciComm Resource Follow-up

December 19th, 2013

By Naomi Hirsch

There were 24 people gathered together yesterday for the Twitter SciComm brown-bag.  It was nice to see many new faces this month representing diverse positions and departments on campus. We want to build on this momentum.  There is a need for more panels, discussions, and support related to social media.

For those that didn’t make it, here is the handout:
Twitter Cheat Sheet for Grad Students

Hashtags shared worth following on Twitter:

  • Science communication topic #scicomm
  • The Science of Science Communication topic #scioscicomm
  • ScienceOnline network (general) #sciox
  • ScienceOnline 2014 conference #scio14 Feb. 27- March 1, 2014
  • Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication #sackler (in the Fall)

Two other resources come to mind.

Yesterday, there was an excellent Google Hangout discussion related to our brown-bag. This Hangout was part of a series put on by the Union of Concerned Scientists.  Participates gave outstanding advice and tools. The experienced panel included Dawn Wright, Liz Neeley, Gretchen Goldman (host), Craig McClain, and Jamie Vernon.

Google Hangout:  The Science of SciComm in Social Media (12-17-13)

dbh_largeMuch was mentioned at the brown-bag related to the fact that Twitter is about communication, and it is valuable to take into consideration “the science of science communication”.  A popular concern is how we deal with misinformation about science on social media and the web.  A recommended (free download) is The Debunking Handbook.

The Handbook explores the surprising fact that debunking myths can sometimes reinforce the myth in peoples’ minds. Communicators need to be aware of the various backfire effects and how to avoid them, such as:

It also looks at a key element to successful debunking: providing an alternative explanation. The Handbook is designed to be useful to all communicators who have to deal with misinformation (eg – not just climate myths).

Gain More Knowledge About Twitter

December 3rd, 2013


To Tweet or Not to Tweet

That is the question.

Tuesday, December 17th 

12 noon – 1 pm 

Linus Pauling Science Center (LPSC) seminar room 402

Three OSU Tweeters will share their knowledge, expertise, and advice. 

~ Naomi Hirsch @naomichirps, On-line science communicator for two research centers, will provide an overview of how Twitter is useful for outreach and professional careers.

~ Brett Tyler @BrettTylerOSU, Director, Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing, will provide a scientist perspective on use.

~ Brendan Cahill @bgcahill, Fulbright-Marine Institute Scholar, will provide a career development perspective helpful for graduate students and postdocs.

Bring your laptop or tablet and tweet. Get questions answered.  A Twitter cheat sheet will be provided to help the newbie get started and the beginner to intermediate tweeter save time.  Getting more familiar with Twitter will perhaps help you make an informed decision “To Tweet or Not to Tweet”.

Upcoming Brown-Bag on Risk Communication

November 7th, 2013
Please join us for our next event!

“Is it Safe?”

Talking About Risk with Kaci Buhl


Tuesday, November 19th 
12 noon – 1 pm 
Linus Pauling Science Center (LPSC)
seminar room 402

As a long time veteran of the National Pesticide Information Center, Kaci Buhl has taken thousands of phone calls about risk. She has also trained staff, state agencies, and EPA personnel in these topics.

Kaci will make the case for talking about risk rather than safety, and introduce the risk framework. Bring your risk communication questions and thoughts. We will use at least half of our time in discussion talking about the real challenges and opportunities we face.


10 Tips for Communicating Science

October 29th, 2013

(List presented by AG at ComSciCon 2013.)

  1. Know your audience.
  2. Decide what you are trying to say, before you start preparing any text, slides, video, or interactives.
  3. Turn your work into a compelling story.
  4. Less is more, especially in presentations.
  5. Never overuse jargon or equations.
  6. “PowerPoint doesn’t kill presentations, bullets do.”
  7. Handouts are often an interesting option in live presentations.
  8. Visualization and good graphics are critical for colleagues, not just for “the public.”
  9. Don’t be afraid to break the mold.
  10. Give credit where credit is due.

Reference: Alyssa Goodman’s “Desk”

Third Tuesday Brown Bag Series

October 1st, 2013
Fall term is here!  Thank you to those who filled out the survey and helped us prepare for a monthly 2013-2014 brown-bag series.  We will meet the third Tuesday of each month.
The sessions are designed around gaining knowledge through dialogue and discussions. Everyone is welcome to participate at all levels.
Twitter sharing and discussions are encouraged. Be sure to use the hashtag #OSUScicomm.

Please join us in two weeks for our first event!

“To Advocate or Not To Advocate”
Are there circumstances in which OSU science writers and other communicators should frame scientists as policy advocates?
Or should we avoid advocacy at all costs?
Hosted by Nick Houtman
Featuring Bob Lackey and Michael Nelson 

Tuesday, Oct. 15
12 noon – 1:00 pm

Marketplace West Dining Large East Room
You can bring a bag lunch or grab lunch there.