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Thursday, February 27

10:30am EST

1D: Online Communication, Social Media, and the Law
Q&A with lawyer Amanda Martin.

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Thursday February 27, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Room 7 McKimmon Center
  • Hashtag #scioLaw

4:00pm EST

4E: How Psych Research can inform effective communication
Many ScienceOnline attendees ask questions about effective communication strategies and how to be persuasive, and a lot of these conversations end up being based around anecdotes and personal experiences. However, as social psychologists, we have data on this sort of thing! In this session, we will be discussing empirical research from the domains of cognition, communication, risk perception, persuasion, and more. After sharing some relevant empirical findings from these domains and the ways in which these findings could be applied to help improve science communication practices, use we will particularly welcome any questions that attendees might have regarding whether or not certain studies/findings exist, empirically supported “best practices,” and discussion about the ethical implications of applying these academic findings to the real world.

Thursday February 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 8a McKimmon Center
  • Hashtag #scioPsych
Friday, February 28

10:30am EST

5D: Blogging Policy in and out of the Beltway
Some scientists and science communicators have a keen interest in contributing to science policy discussions. Others inadvertently participate in science policy discussions by making informal policy recommendations via Tweets, blog posts and articles. While many scientists and science communicators expect policy to be evidence-based, only the savviest scientists understand how science actually contributes to policymaking and how to plug-in to be effective. Venues for participating in science policy are diverse and, in some cases, unexpected. Knowing your way around the science policy landscape can help you leverage your science for improved science policy at the local, state and national level. In this session, we will discuss how scientists and science communicators can best integrate their science into the policymaking process at all levels. We’ll also discuss the opportunities and risks of commenting on science policy.

Q&A Moderator
avatar for Jamie Vernon

Jamie Vernon

Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy
Jamie Vernon is a PhD-trained molecular biologist with more than a decade of experience conducting discovery research and project management, author of multiple scientific publications and a biotechnology patent. He transitioned to the energy sector nearly 5 years ago, first as... Read More →

Michael Halpern

Union of Concerned Scientists

Friday February 28, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Room 7 McKimmon Center
  • Hashtag #scioBeltway

12:00pm EST

6A: Data-Based Communication: Insights from Science Communication Research
If we agree that science communication is essential for helping people make the best possible decisions, and we genuinely believe that the consequences of failing are severe – illness, death, catastrophe – then we must look to every available source of expertise that can improve our communication work. This is particularly urgent given how easily and inadvertently well-intentioned efforts can harden opinions, reinforce misperceptions, and deepen existing divides. That means looking not only to the work of storytellers, artists, and journalists, but also to the researchers who study communication. As a group, we’ve been skeptical: dense texts, terrible presentations, and questionable findings make us question the legitimacy of these ideas, or at least the return on investing in them. This Q&A session will focus on plain talk about what we really know, why paying attention to this research matters, and how we might apply it.

Q&A Moderator

Liz Neeley

Assistant Director of Science Outreach, Compass

Friday February 28, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Room 3 McKimmon Center
  • Hashtag #scioSciComm
Saturday, March 1

10:30am EST

9D: Bootstrapped Videography: the one-bag videographer/journalist
People used to print or radio reporting practice quick-start reporting: the minute the car door slams, you've got a notebook or a mic out and you're at work. We hate the video pause -- 45 minutes standing around making small talk while a shooter sets up tripod, mic, lighting, and finally prepares an interview. For years I've wanted to be a one-bag, instant videographer, at work almost as quickly as usual. For years people in video have told me that's not possible. With new equipment and methods, that's no longer true. I practice what I preach now and so do many others. In this session we'll share ideas about how to be as quick, nimble, and mobile with video as we are in less-technical storytelling modes.

Q&A Moderator

Scott Huler

Scientific American

Saturday March 1, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Room 7 McKimmon Center
  • Hashtag #scioBootstrap

10:30am EST

9E: Online Media/Tools in the Higher Ed Sci World (w insights from #sciYoung team)
Skype, Google Drive, Wordpress -- we know you've heard these terms before. But how can you use them to engage your peers (or your students) in science communication? Members of this Q&A session have been involved in undergraduate-led science communication efforts at McGill, Cornell, and the University of Oregon. We've started group blogs, recruited Facebook followers, ushered student newspapers into the Internet age, and found and met with mentors out in the wilds of the internet. Come with questions about how to start, run, and promote an online publication directed at and/or made by students.

Saturday March 1, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Room 8a McKimmon Center
  • Hashtag #scioSchoolTools