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 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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Join us for the next brown-bag. The focus is on writing and sharing about your research in a way that resonates with your audience.

Tuesday, May 20th

12 noon – 1pm

LPSC Seminar room 402


Thuy Tran, Director of Marketing Communications, College of Engineering

Nick Houtman, Assistant Director, Research Communications

When researchers and communicators describe scientific concepts to decision-makers, peers, students and the interested public, language matters.  Come listen and contribute ideas on how to write clear and compelling stories without oversimplifying scientific principles.

Editors also play a critical role in defining standards of their publications to meet the readers’ expectation. Explore examples of print publications that cover technical topics.