Scenes from a Sci-Comm Training

By Chris Mooney | August 30, 2011 1:03 pm

We’re just wrapping up another installment of “Science: Becoming the Messenger,” this time in the beautiful Colvard Student Union at Mississippi State. The University ran this picture of one of my live improv interviews with a scientist–who did a very good job in response to some very crazy questions. Image caption below:

COMMUNICATING SCIENCE — MSU is hosting the National Science Foundation, which presented the workshop “Science: Becoming the Messenger” in the Colvard Student Union Monday. Facilitators Dan Agan, left, and Chris Mooney teach participants how to communicate complicated topics like research projects in a way that engages their audience. MSU postdoctoral associate Carrlet Stokes, right, had the chance to share her message about the importance of sweet potato research during a communication exercise on stage. The workshop continues today with a more intensive training session for invited researchers.

Comments (2)

  1. Chris, is there a video recording of the workshop “Science: Becoming the Messenger”..? I want to hear about Mrs. Stokes sweet potato research.

  2. Carrlet Stokes

    Chris, thanks for the mention! It was so much fun to talk to all of you at the workshop…the on-stage interview with you and Dan was a blast!

    Seattle SEO – I’d be more than happy to discuss our research into emerging diseases of sweetpotatoes. You may reach me at bstokes@plantpath.msstate.edu.

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Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.

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