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Seven Minutes of Scholarship

Seven Minutes of Scholarship gives our students the chance to showcase their communication skills by presenting the essence of their research and findings to an audience with a diverse background within seven minutes. Event Details: Day: Thursday December 5th Time: 4:30 pm Location: McCormick Foundation Center – Forum Auditorium 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston Check out

Steven Franconeri — Now they see it: Visual communication of the patterns in your data

Within a well-designed graph or data visualization, the eyes can be a powerful tool for understanding patterns in data. But within a poorly-designed depiction of the same data, the same tasks can be inefficient, or even overwhelming. This workshop will combine an overview of data visualization techniques with hands-on exercises to illustrate how to clearly

Dario Robleto — The Art of Scientific Storytelling

We live in a time when the arts and sciences are generally understood to operate in different domains of knowledge production, each using different tools in their search for truth. The now cliched divisions between the fields–emotion vs. intellect, the heart vs. the brain–are tidy illusions, which should be vigorously challenged. What is the value

Jean-Luc Doumont — Making the most of your presentation

Strong presentation skills are a key to success for engineers, scientists, and others, yet many speakers are at a loss to tackle the task. Systematic as they otherwise can be in their work, they go at it intuitively or haphazardly, with much good will but seldom good results. In this talk, Dr Doumont proposes a

Raychelle Burks — SciPop Adventures

Are you a chemist that loves to play the game of thrones? A physicist trekking through the stars? A biologist that enjoys shambling along with the walking dead? The intersection of pop culture and science offers us opportunities communicate within both our areas of scientific expertise and our fandoms. This intersection also allows for authentic

Liz Neely — Science, Sense-making, and Storytelling

For public audiences, stories are typically more interesting, understandable, convincing, and memorable than evidence-focused communications. It is precisely because of these strengths that scientists should use them, but also why they must be approached carefully, with intellectual honesty and ethical consideration. This talk will explore research on storytelling and narrative persuasion, highlight the value of

Dietram Scheufele — The Brave New World of (Science) Communication

The Brave New World of (Science) Communication: How We All Make Sense of Complex Information in Modern News Environments It is easier than ever before to get information on any (scientific) topic with just a few keystrokes. At the same time, politically divided news environments on television and online have created a world that allows

Charlie Meyerson — So you want to be a podcaster. How will you get people to listen?

Award-winning radio and Internet news veteran Charlie Meyerson (WXRT, WBEZ, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business; adjunct at Northwestern, Roosevelt University and Columbia College) has been fighting tuneout his entire career. Now that everyone’s competition — whether you’re peddling news or shoes — is a click away, that mindset is more important than ever. He’ll share

Julia A. Moore — Beyond Politics: Engaging Congress

After a vitriolic anti-science and anti-evidence national election, Republicans control The White House and Congress. What’s the impact on the roughly $140 billion federal research and development budget—a figure down in constant dollars from $160 billion in 2010? How does it change the way scientists and engineers reach out and communicate with lawmakers? With Northwestern