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  • 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…
  • Dominique Brossard -- Science and Fake News: Communicating Science in an Era of Post-Truth
    The rise of fake news has dominated the world of politics since the last U.S. election cycle. But fake news is not at all new in the world of science. What has changed now is social media and the potential to disseminate this kind of…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson -- This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe
    Students, faculty, staff, and a range of Northwestern University community members gathered May 14, 2015 for an exceptional evening with celebrated astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Dr. Tyson presented This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe, a lively talk which blended his personal and…
  • Bruce Lewenstein -- Science communication: Deficits, dialogues, and deniers
    Some models of science communication focus on “filling the deficit” of knowledge, while others emphasize “dialogue” among different groups with interests in public issues that have science-linked components. Data shows that levels of knowledge (addressed by deficit-model communication) don’t…
  • Steven Franconeri -- Whole-Brain Communication
    The human brain is sometimes the most powerful and sophisticated device in the known universe. But sometimes its power is deeply limited – like when it tries to store a new phone number. When you present your research, you relay a complex story to…
  • Emily Graslie -- The value of communicating scientific research with the public
    The term “scientist” often inspires the stale image of lab goggles and a white coat, but who’s responsible for transforming this stereotype—the media or the scientists themselves? Is a harmless stereotype all that bad? The public’s interpretation of scientists and their work influences levels…
  • Brian Malow -- A Science Comedian's Guide to Communicating Science
    If you drew a Venn Diagram featuring the two sets “science” and “comedy,” you might not expect to find much at their intersection. But Brian Malow draws on two decades as a stand up comedian to help scientists communicate better with general…
  • Matthew Hovde -- The Science of Improvisation
    Much as science is a method for unraveling the mysteries of the world, improvisation is a method for unlocking creativity and improving communication. Matt Hovde (Resident Director, The Second City) will help participants explore how the techniques that fuel the comedy of artists like Stephen…