|Abstract||Make no mistake about it. One of the most important skills you need to develop during your graduate days is the skill of communicating about your scientific work with a wide array of audiences. That facility will serve you across audiences, from your scientific peers to students to your neighbors and the general public.
Why is this so important? For one thing, you will encounter all these audiences-and more-in the course of your career. For another, evidence suggests that skillfully crafted messages influence not only the public but also your scientific colleagues. It is no accident that the top scientists in any given field are also among the field's best communicators. And finally, if you join the cadre of researchers who depend on public resources, you have a responsibility to share what you know with a public (publics, really) that is often keen to learn but will ask you to communicate in jargon-free, storytelling ways. This course seeks to familiarize you with concepts and processes important to communicating science successfully to a variety of audiences. |