OSU SciComm End-of-the-Year Mixer
June 16, 2015

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Sky High Brewing
160 NW Jackson
Downtown Corvallis

Meet new people and catch-up with others
Give input on the brown-bag topics and structure for 2015/2016
Get answers to your questions / Feedback on your projects 

If you can’t make it, feel free to provide input and feedback using the form below or email Naomi Hirsch @ OSU.
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Broader Impacts and Science Communication

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
12 noon – 1 pm
LPSC 402   


The Research Office, Division of Outreach and Engagement, and the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning are now launching the OSU Research Impacts Network (ORIN). The goal of the network is to improve processes, communication, and accessibility related to existing tools for developing high quality research impacts that benefit society (often referred to as “broader impacts”).   

What’s important and valuable to know about broader impacts and this network, and how will it benefit you?

Nick Houtman and Naomi Hirsch will facilitate the first 30-minute discussion.

Julie Risien, Associate Director for the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, serves as the faculty lead for the ORIN network. She will be there for the final 30 minutes to answer questions and add more information.

Questions for Discussion  

  1. What are Broader Impacts? (link on image below for more information)
  2. What are current examples of OSU faculty fulfilling the broader impacts requirement?
  3. How do science communicators fit in?
  4. What creative resources exist at OSU to reach broader impact goals?
Broader Impacts Perspectives Brochure from NSF
Link to “Broader Impacts Perspectives Brochure from NSF”

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 Experiment.com. 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.

Image credit: http://www.causevox.com/
Image credit: http://www.causevox.com/

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: