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Arroz y Habichuelas: Making Science for Everyone

February 24, 2020

by Rose Hendricks

**Editor's note: This post is part of a series highlighting members of the ComSciCon community who recently attended the AAAS Annual Meeting, which took place from February 13-16, 2020 in Seattle, WA.

In Puerto Rico, rice and beans (“arroz y habichuelas”) are a unifying meal — whether you’re rich or poor, they are likely to be a key part of your diet. This is why Attabey Rodríguez Benítez called her first science blog Arroz y...

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What is a vaccine, anyway?

February 10, 2020

by Clair Geary

Over the last century, deaths and disability from infectious diseases have declined, largely due to improvements in sanitation, nutrition, and vaccines. These days, we often hear more about the hypothetical risks of vaccination rather than the very real dangers posed by the diseases these vaccines prevent. Increasing numbers of worried parents now choose to delay, or even forgo, vaccinating their children. A prime example is measles: while the disease was officially eliminated from the US in 2000 (...

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ComSciCon 2019 annual report cover

Happy new year! Reflecting on ComSciCon in 2019.

January 2, 2020

With 2019 now concluded, we are excited to publish our annual report on ComSciCon's Flagship international workshop.  This includes not only a detailed review of the activities of that event, but also an overview of the achievements of ComSciCon's student organizers throughout the US and Canada in 2019 and a snapshot of our vision into the future for 2020 and beyond.

We hope you will share...

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2018: Our biggest year yet

December 10, 2018

Thanks to the ongoing support of our student attendees, our student organizers and leaders, and our generous sponsoring institutions, looking on back on 2018 means celebrating a year of new firsts and successes for ComSciCon.

We celebrate our first international flagship conference in 2018, when we welcomed students from both the US and Canada to our June event in Boston.  We celebrated our 30th ComSciCon franchise event, including brand new workshop series in Michigan and in partnership with the Ecological Society of America (ComSciCon-ESA), with even more events in...

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ComSciCon-Atlanta 2018 annual report cover page

Looking back at ComSciCon's first Atlanta event

June 1, 2018

Each year at our flagship annual workshop, ComSciCon attendees spend three full days embedded in a community of phenomenal science communicators from across the US and Canada, sharing strategies, ideas, and best practices for how to communicate science passionately and effectively.  Because the scope of that event can't possibly meet the enormous need and demand for science communication discussion and programming among graduate students, one of the most important outcomes from our flagship event is the creation of ComSciCon franchises that bring the opportunity to have those...

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ComSciCon looks back on its fifth year with 2017 annual report

October 21, 2017

ComSciCon has issued its fifth annual report, documenting the organization of our 2017 flagship national workshop which took place in June, the launch of new ComSciCon-local workshop franchises in Houston, the Pacific-Northwest, and the Rocky Mountains and the continued operation of our existing franchises around the country, and the success of new programming elements including our partnership with Story Collider and the growth of our BiteScis program for K12 educators.

Like previous ComSciCon annual reports,...

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