Preparing Tomorrow’s Scientists to Communicate with Non-Scientist Stakeholders

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Preparing Tomorrow’s Scientists to Communicate with Non-Scientist Stakeholders

Virginia Sea Grant Fellow Mark Stratton creates a presentation about his research for recreational anglers. ©Bob Baker

Virginia Sea Grant Fellow Mark Stratton creates a presentation about his research for recreational anglers. ©Bob Baker

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) Graduate Fellows do great work researching environmental issues and putting their results to use through outreach efforts. In order to better prepare fellows for the latter, VASG is funding Katherine Rowan and Karen Akerlof of George Mason University to create an educational program for the fellows to help them overcome any science communication challenges they may face. The fellows will receive short assignments and readings online as well as feedback after making two presentations, the first several weeks before the second to allow for revisions. The program is designed to not only teach the fellows to be more effective in their communication, but to also increase their confidence moving forward.

Project Details: Katherine Rowan, Karen Akerlof (GMU). Science Communication Education for VASG Fellows.