As we did after last year's ComSciCon workshop, we have now released a document that summarizes and reflects upon the activities and outcomes of the ComSciCon 2014 National Leadership Workshop. The event brought together 50 of the brightest graduate student science communicators from around the country to participate in panel discussions, writing and editing practice, networking, and much more. Read more about ComSciCon 2014 Summary
ComSciCon14 attendee Jaan Altosaar founded Useful Science, a website that distills research into one sentence summaries. During the ComSciCon Write-a-thon Jaan took seven of these sentences and turned it into an article focusing on personal wellness. Recently, with editing help he received from his fellow ComSciCon attendees and expert panelists, Jaan had his piece published on the fitbit blog.
ComSciCon 2014 featured the first-ever American Scidol competition, which featured 10 brave ComSciCon attendees presenting short, digestible “pop talks” of their research for the public - and for the judges - at the MIT museum. Held on Saturday afternoon, after all the panels, meals, and main events, American Scidol gave the competitors a chance to practice what they had learned over the workshop, and the audience the opportunity to hear the judges’ feedback and science communication tips, as well as to vote on their favorites.Read more about Congratulations to Kunmi Sobowale, American Scidol Winner!
Join ComSciCon '14 attendees as they present one-minute "pop talks" describing their research and compete to be the next American Sci-dol! This event will take place on Saturday afternoon, June 14 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the MIT Museum. Techniques and tips for science communication will also be discussed in a public setting. All are welcome - come cheer on these promising young science communicators!
The Spring 2014 issue of Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' Colloquy magazine featured the writing of four ComSciCon-local attendees. Kate Boronow, Holly Elmore, Grigori Goutchounts, and Florence Yong all had pieces published as part of a series focusing on the research of Harvard graduate students - "Telling the Story of Science." All four students wrote their pieces as part of the ComSciCon-local Write-a-thon. During the workshop, they received feedback on their pieces from fellow ComSciCon-local attendees and by expert reviewers.