Science and Story
12 noon – 1pm
LPSC Seminar room 402
From Science Pubs to TED Talks, from The Moth Radio Hour to actor Alan Alda’s improve-based Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, story-telling is becoming an increasingly important tool for communicating the challenges and results of science to the public, the media and others outside our own disciplines.
- Why it matters
- How you can use it in your work
- How to develop your own stories that go beyond the facts and data and convey the meaning, importance and excitement of science.
Kevin Ahern, Professor of Biochemistry/Biophysics and director of Undergraduate Research at OSU, as well as a veteran science writer and editor, who incorporates story, song and even limericks into his teaching and communication. (Check out his YouTube channel)
Pat Kight, Oregon Sea Grant science communicator, former journalist and sometimes theatrical director, will add examples of how scientists across the country – especially younger ones – are turning to story, improvisation, social media and other unconventional techniques to not only inform the public about their work – but even fund it.