Program

  • Keynote: Bradley Voytek, Cognitive Scientist at UCSD and co-author of Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? 

  • Philosophy of Science Communication: We will discuss scientists’ and science communicators’ responsibility to communicate uncertainty in science, their roles in shaping public policy, and the purpose of communicating science. 
    • Gary Robbins - Science and Technology reporter for the San Diego Union Tribune
    • Adena Schachner - assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at UCSD, where she studies the role of inference and explanation in social and causal reasoning. She is also committed to improving replicability in science and mentoring students
    • Steve Snyder - with a PhD in Physics, Dr. Snyder is the CEO of San Diego's Rueben H. Fleet Science Center
    • Andrea Chiba is an associate professor in the Cognitive Science department at UCSD where she studies the neural systems that underlie affect and attention - she is also works on science advocacy and policy
  • Communicating through Social Media: This panel will explore the use of new and developing online tools for sharing and communicating science with a broad audience. Panelists working with a variety of mediums, including blogs, videos, and podcasts, will discuss tips and tricks for successfully using social media to interact with your audience and expand your reach. 
    • Dianna Cowern - also known as Physics Girl, creates educational YouTube videos about physics and promotes STEM outreach around the world
    • Emily Reas - a cognitive neuroscientist and editor at PLOS Neuroscience Community
    • Flip Tanedo - Assistant Professor of Physics at UC Riverside, who does outreach through his blog and helped set upparticlebites, an online particle physics journal club.
    • Sanden Totten - KPCC's Science Reporter and the co-producer of Brains On!, an educational science podcast for kids

  • Audio and Visual Communications: From journals to news articles, the written word is an invaluable mode of communication both within the scientific community and larger society. When are audio and visual mediums appropriate substitutes for communicating  scientific ideas? What do you gain by translating complex content to this medium, and what are tradeoffs you must consider?
    • William Bechtel - a Professor of Philosophy at UCSD who researches the roles diagrams play in science and how they facilitate biological explanations and mechanisms
    • Milena Gavala - a scientist-turned-designer who works to create appealing and accurate data visualizations for technical teams
    • Alyssa Lerner - a head writer and script editor for SciShow, YouTube’s largest science channel with over 3 million subscribers.
    • John Reynolds - a Professor at the Salk Institute who has worked with the art collective Ship in the Woods on Rhodopsin, an art installation inspired by neuroscience

  • Communicating through Education and Outreach: Science education doesn't have to stop after high school or college--join us for a discussion with experts who communicate science in venues ranging from museums to prisons to local pubs.
    • Nan Renner - does design, research, and evaluation with UCSD’s Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence, CREATE STEM Success Initiative and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    • Tatum Simonson - Assistant Professor of Physiology at UCSD who researches genetic adaptations to high altitudes
    • Richard Tibbles - a Graduate student in Cognitive Sciences at UCSD who researches motivation and learning and is the cofounder of the nonprofit Learning Equality, which creates tools for accessing online learning materials without an Internet connection..
  • What? Where? How? For Whom?  Tailoring Science Communication (Workshop)
    For any topic, there is always more than one story to tell, and more than one way to tell each story.  The science, the context, the medium and the audience inform the perspective, the packaging and the content.  Learn how to tailor science communication, and how public information officers, editors and others can facilitate different stages of the process.
  • Writeathon: workshop time each day with an opportunity to receive feedback from other attendees as well as from our invited guests and speakers.

Updated: 9/14/16

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