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



Getting Our Research Stories Out to the World –

How University Relations and Marketing Can Help

Tuesday, January 20

12 noon – 1pm

LPSC Seminar room 402


thNick Houtman, 

assistant director of
News and Research Communications,
editor of Terra Magazine

Oregon State’s strategic plan positions OSU as an international leader in three areas of distinction: Earth ecosystems; health and wellness; innovation and economic development. University Relations and Marketing (URM) serves that goal.
Through media relations, Terra magazine, websites, social media, a monthly science pub and media training for faculty and students, we publicize OSU research with an eye on meaning and impact. We celebrate accomplishments by students and faculty.
With our partners (the Research Office, colleges, centers and institutes, Extension and Experiment Station Communications, the Alumni Association and Foundation), we identify research projects that are addressing problems and advancing knowledge.
Come and find out how we choose topics and how you can take advantage of the stories, photos and videos produced by URM. There will be plenty of time to get your questions answered.

It was a great session yesterday. A big thanks to Kevin Ahern and Pat Kight for presenting and facilitating.   


And thanks to everyone who contributed to the discussion!  


Here are some resources:

Some of the best resources and articles are shared on social media from science communicators around the world. 

Attend AAAS Annual Meeting science communication sessions

Interesting Opportunity: Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship 

All invited to this month’s brown-bag:

Science and Story

Tuesday, November 18

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.

Join us this month to talk about story:
  • 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.