Spotlights

Science Says at #ScienceTalk20 (virtually!)

April 21, 2020
Science Talk is a science communication conference that was supposed to take place in Portland, OR, but was moved online after travel and gathering restrictions were put in place in response to COVID-19. This permitted several members of the Science Says community to virtually participate. T

Science Says Presents: Posters in the Park

March 30, 2020

We have all been to a science conference where half of the talks or posters are too complex for most of the conference-goers. We have also tried to explain our work to somebody outside of our labs – a member of our cohort, a faculty member, a roommate, a family member – and failed to explain it clearly. For those of us in science outreach, communicating difficult research can get ten times harder when we go to community events and talk to non-science members of the public. Why is communicating our daily work so difficult for most of us? 

Science Storytelling Workshop Recount

March 30, 2020

An extended PDF of the workshop with notes and examples from the in-person event can be found here for all those that wish to participate from home

Key Takeaways from Improv for Science

March 11, 2020

This February, Lucas Hatton led us through a two-part improvisational theater, or improv, workshop where we participated in improv games to learn two key skills: active listening and spontaneity. As scientists, these skills are important for every communication opportunity: we must listen and adapt quickly to communicate effectively with a given audience. If you missed the workshop, I highly recommend participating in the future.

 

Science Says Alumni Panel

December 26, 2019

We invited alumni to talk about their careers, experiences, and answer our questions about science communication for our 2019 end-of-the-year event.

 

Your Friendly Neighborhood Science Communicator: Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton

November 05, 2019

“Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can…”

Since the early 1960s, Spider-Man has had some technical upgrades — think the Iron Spider featured in the Tom Holland movies — but scientifically speaking, how does Spider-Man’s biology chalk up to spiders?

Dialogues and Discourse Conference

November 01, 2019

As the world population has grown to 7.7 billion people, and is increasing every day, there are several challenges our global society faces. At our current rate of consumption, we will run out of numerous natural resources. Overpopulation is a problem for the world at large, not just because our quality of life could be affected by running out of resources such as fossil fuels, but due to the lack of the very basic necessities needed for survival.

The Future of Food - SciSays Returns to the Davis Farmer's Market

October 01, 2019

I am so excited to be back tabling at Farmer’s Markets, and what better place to do that than Davis! Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and participated. We met some really awesome community members who had questions and great conversation topics for us. Hopefully we will see you all again, and some new faces, too, in October with the Bohart Museum of Entomology for Halloween Creepy Crawlies! ~ Mary