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Research Communications Program

UC San Diego’s Research Communications program draws on scholarship in the sciences, science communication, science education, the arts and other fields to provide the guiding theoretical perspective and the practical experience that is critical to communicating effectively with a wide range of audiences, including those with questions or concerns about the methods, findings or implications of scientific research.

Year 1: Building a Toolkit to Tell Stories of Discovery

 

Upcoming Events

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Art Meets Science for Research Communications

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 1-3PM | NSB Atrium
Open house

Quality illustrations, interactive digital visuals and three-dimensional physical models can be powerful tools to help you communicate your scientific and mathematical research to a range of audiences, including fellow researchers, students and teachers, and broader publics.  Please stop by to see examples on display, learn more about existing campus partnerships that can assist you with the art part of art meets science, and learn about hew partnerships under development (and get the opportunity to provide input about your needs).  This event is offered as a collaboration between the UC San Diego Research Communications Program and the UC San Diego Libraries Digital Media Lab.  Light refreshments will be served.  Flier.

All are welcome.

 

Rush Holt

Rush Holt
Photo by Chet Susslin, National Journal

Rush Holt: Becoming an Advocate for Research

Monday, June 11, 2018, 5PM | Atkinson Hall Auditorium
Lecture and reception

Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., became the chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals in February 2015. In this role, Holt leads the world's largest multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering membership organization.  Over his career, Dr. Holt has held positions as a teacher, scientist, administrator, and policymaker. Before coming to AAAS, Holt served for 16 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey's 12th Congressional District. His legislative work earned him numerous accolades, including being named one of Scientific American magazine's "50 National Visionaries Contributing to a Brighter Technological Future" and a "Champion of Science" by the Science Coalition. 

All are welcome.  Please register.

 

Kim Rubinstein

Kim Rubinstein
Photo by Tony Rinaldo

Talking Research: Improving Science Dialogue

June 19-21, 2018 | TBA
Workshop

Kim Rubinstein, a professor in UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance, will be the creative director and designer of these three-day intensive workshops. Using methods borrowed and synthesized from improvisational theatre, journalism and Professor Rubinstein's system for optimal creative thinking, this hands-on training will focus on helping scientists find the spark or root of their work, developing their unique voice and style of connecting to audience with authenticity and meaning. Talking Research will culminate in a media day, which will include on-camera interviews with professional journalists.  Flier.

Registration required 

 

Past Events

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Media/Message Training: Hands on Interview Skills and Practice

Focused workshop: Genetics and climate change research

Friday, April 27, 2018, 9-1PM | Location TBA
Workshop

Mistrust. Doubt. Fake news. A greater understanding of science by the public is needed more than ever to help societies understand and act in a chaotic world. But science has become increasingly compartmentalized. This complexity has made it increasingly difficult for scientists to clearly and convincingly explain what they do and why they do it without jargon, acronyms and technical details. Workshop participants will hear about today’s media landscape, learn tips and tools to deliver effective interviews and enhance their skills with on-camera practice and critique through the lenses of journalism, theater and ethics.

 

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Mathematics and Music: Communicating Complexity and Beauty

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 5-7PM | Conrad Prebys Music Center
Discussion and Performance

How are mathematics and music connected?  What can music help us appreciate about the intricacies of mathematics?  In what ways have mathematical advances influenced composers?  At this event, mathematics professors Louis Rowen and Dan Rogalski will perform Beethoven's Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Major, Opus 102 No. 2.  They will explore the synergies of mathematics and music in a discussion before the performance.    Flier.

 

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Ekaterina Eremenko

Communicating Mathematics in Movies

Monday, February 5, 2018, 5-7PM | UCSD Price Center Theatre
Movie screening with Q&A

This event will explore the communication of mathematics and the portrayal of the work of mathematicians through documentary film.  It will begin with a screening of The Discrete Charm of Geometry, a film by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ekaterina Eremenko.  Following the screening, Fields Medalist Efim Zelmanov will lead a Q&A with Eremeko to delve into the creative process, gain insights about bringing mathematics to life on the screen, and discover what she has learned about mathematicians and mathematics along her filmmaking journey.  Flier.

 

 

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Apps & Appetizers: Tools for Teaching and Research Communications

Friday, January 26, 2018, 1-4pm | CET, Literature Building 210
Open house

Looking for just the right tool to help people visualize your research, or help your students map out and connect the concepts they are learning?  Having difficulty sorting through the options for designing infographics, video presentations, mind maps, timelines and blogs, and for enabling interactivity with your students or other audiences?  To help you navigate this universe, the Apps and Appetizers open house will feature a wide range of tools, plus faculty, staff and students with expertise using those tools, and examples of what they have created.  Come meet your colleagues and make a discovery that allows you to rock your audiences.  Flier. 

In partnership with the Center for Engaged Teaching and Education Technology Services

 

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Media/Message Training: Hands on Interview Skills and Practice

Friday, December 1, 2017, 9-1PM | Location TBA
Workshop

Mistrust. Doubt. Fake news.  A greater understanding of science by the public is needed more than ever. At the same time, science has become increasingly compartmentalized. This complexity has made it increasingly difficult for scientists to clearly and convincingly explain what they do and how they do it, which can leave us swirling in jargon and technicalities. Workshop participants will hear about today’s media landscape, learn tips and tools to deliver effective interviews and enhance their skills with on-camera practice. Flier.  

 

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Barbara Sawrey

Leadership Communications: Representing More Than Just Yourself

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 9-1PM | UCSD Faculty Club
Workshop

Leadership Communications involve presenting broader messages or messages beyond the scope of a single research program.  This workshop will introduce participants to different kinds of leadership communication situations they may encounter in their professional careers and give them the opportunity to practice the verbal and non-verbal communication skills and strategies necessary for effective leadership communication. Flier.

Video introduction to Leadership Communications

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Introduction to Social Media for Researchers

November 3, 2017, Noon-1PM | NSB Auditorium
Seminar

Researchers have many different options to apply social media to enhance appreciation for and understanding of their work.  This panel is the first in a series that will be designed to help researchers select from the array of social media options and use social media optimally for their research and communication goals. Flier.

Video from this presentation

 

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Communicating with Venture Capitalists and Donors

September 27, 2017, 10:30-11:30am | NSB Auditorium and Noon-2:30pm | UCSD Faculty Club
Panel Discussion and Workshop

This two part series will begin with a case study of a recent venture capital success.  The panel will introduce some of the communication strategies needed for communicating with potential financial backers.  The workshop will give participants the opportunity to practice their pitches.  Flier.

Video from this presentation

 

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Gabi Schaffzin

Designing Information to Reach Broader Audiences

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 9-12PM | 4211 NSB
Workshop

Data displays in scientific journals are typically information dense by design.  Often these figures are not optimal for scientific talks or oral or written presentations to audience members from outside the field.  This workshop will focus on applying the principles of graphic design to make graphs and other data displays more informative and accessible, while enhancing their visual aesthetic. Flier.

Videos from this presentation

 

Kim Rubinstein

Kim Rubinstein
Photo by Tony Rinaldo

Talking Research: Improving Science Dialogue

June 28-30, 2017
Workshop

Kim Rubinstein, a professor in UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance, will be the creative director and designer of these three-day intensive workshops. Using methods borrowed and synthesized from improvisational theatre, journalism and Professor Rubinstein's system for optimal creative thinking, this hands-on training will focus on helping scientists find the spark or root of their work, developing their unique voice and style of connecting to audience with authenticity and meaning. Talking Research will begin with three days of intensive training and will culminate in a media day, which will include on-camera interviews with professional journalists.

 

Dennis Meredith

Working with Your Public Information Officer

June 23, 2017, 12-1PM | Natural Sciences Building Auditorium
Panel Discussion

Public Information Officers (PIOs) are your go-to resource for getting your research findings to the media. In this workshop, learn about how your PIO can help get coverage of your work in traditional and non-traditional media. Background for this workshop available here.

No registration is necessary.

 

Dennis Meredith

Dennis Meredith

After the March for Science: Explaining Research

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 12-1PM | Natural Sciences Building Auditorium
Seminar

Given the preponderance of fake news and the attacks on the credibility of science, communicating effectively with the public about science is more important than ever. This seminar by Dennis Meredith, author of Explaining Research, will show how to reach and engage audiences.

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A joint effort of the Division of Physical Sciences, Division of Biological Sciences and Department of Theatre and Dance, funded by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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Program Contacts

Mario Aguilera
maguilera@ucsd.edu
(858) 822-5148

Kim McDonald
kmcdonald@ucsd.edu
(858) 534-7572

Kim Rubinstein
krubinstein@ucsd.edu
(858) 534-9954

Sherry Seethaler
sseethaler@ucsd.edu
(858) 534-4656