Karna Gowda invites grad students to improve communication skills

MCRN member Karna Gowda is helping to organize a communicating science workshop for graduate students that will take place this June in Cambridge, MA. He attended the conference last year and was the only mathematician present- though there were a few climate scientists. The essay he produced during the Write-a-thon was published in the MPE2013 blog and the Scientific American blog, titled Tigers in the Desert: The Mysteries of Vegetation Patterns. Recently, Karna's paper titled "Transitions between patterned states in vegetation models for semiarid ecosystems," with Hermann Riecke and Mary Silber, was selected by the editors of Physical Review E to be an "Editors' Suggestion" because of its "particular interest, importance, or clarity."

For more information about last year's workshop, please go to comscicon.com/files/comscicon/files/comscicon13_report.pdf

To apply to attend this year's workshop, please see the call for applications below. Acceptance includes funding for travel and lodging. Please let Karna know if you have any questions about the workshop!


Applications are now open (comscicon.com/apply-attend-summer-2014) for the Communicating Science 2014 workshop, to be held in Cambridge, MA on June 12-14th, 2014. Graduate students at US institutions in all fields of science and engineering are encouraged to apply. The application will close on March 1st.

Participants will build the communication skills that technical professionals need to express complex ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public.  There will be panel discussions on the following topics:

 * Communicating with non-scientific audiences
* Communicating complexity and controversy
* Communicating for a cause
* Communicating with multimedia
* Engaging diverse audiences

In addition to these discussions, ample time is allotted for interacting with the experts and with attendees from throughout the country to develop new science outreach collaborations. Workshop participants will produce an original piece of science writing and receive feedback from workshop attendees and professional science communicators, including journalists, fiction and non-fiction authors, public policy advocates, educators, and more.

Visit comscicon.com/programs to learn more about our past workshop programs and participants, and contact Karna Gowda (karna.gowda AT u.northwestern.edu) with any questions. This workshop is sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Science, and Department of Astronomy at Harvard University, and Microsoft Research.


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