This post was authored by Rose Hendricks and the Organizing Committee of ComSciCon-SanDiego 2016.
Set serenely atop a high-rise overlooking the Pacific Ocean, ComSciCon-San Diego included a keynote by scientist and zombie expert Bradley Voytek, four expert panels, two hands-on writing workshops, and two additional professional development workshops.
On August 6th & 7th 2016, the ComSciCon-Chicago organizing team hosted its second annual conference at Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center. The event brought 50 graduate students together from 12 different institutions including Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Additionally, a number of attendees came from as far as Oregon State...
ComSciCon has issued its fourth annual report, documenting the organization of our 2016 flagship national workshop which took place in June, the launch of new and continuing ComSciCon-local workshop franchises around the country, and evaluating the impacts of our programming through longitudinal reporting on participants and personal testimony from attendees and invited experts.
As anyone deep into an interesting career can tell you, sometimes an unexpected path can deliver you to the best possible destination. ComSciCon-Triangle 2015 attendee JoEllen McBride learned this truth right at the start of her career.
She started exploring careers in science communication after her PhD work in astrophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill overturned her pre-conceptions about research in...
Virtually all ComSciCon participants are striving to bring their own research to a wider audience, seeking to produce impacts that reverberate far beyond the limited group of specialists in their own academic field to the broader public.
Some ComSciCon grad students achieve this through interaction with mainstream media outlets that have large established audiences. Others develop multimedia projects that can appeal to more than just the hyper-science literate through film or the web. And some translate their work into accessible and engaging terms that present...
One of the most exciting outcomes of our ComSciCon workshops is the enduring impacts that they have on the professional direction and nascent careers of our graduate student attendees. We touched base with Megan Litwhiler, an alum of two ComSciCon events, this week as she settles into her new position in Research Communications at the Museum of Science in Boston.
For ComSciCon-15 National Workshop attendee Molly Gasperini, a Ph.D. student in Biology at the University of Washington, thinking about teaching and learning at the most fundamental level—the universal preparatory process of K12 education—is an everyday event.