Please Join Us March 16-23 for Communicating Science Week

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Author and scholar Dr. Elin Kelsey’s March 18 keynote address, “Hope Matters: Why Overcoming Doom and Gloom Is Essential to Achieving Climate Justice,” will help us celebrate the first five years of the work of the Center for Communicating Science. Photo courtesy of Agathe Bernard.

Virginia Tech’s Center for Communicating Science celebrates its 5th anniversary in March, and our celebration includes a week’s worth of exhibitions, talks, workshops, and more. Please mark your calendars for March 16 through 23 and join us at one or all of the slate of activities we have planned for Communicating Science Week. Scholar and author Dr. Elin Kelsey’s keynote address March 18, “Hope Matters: Why Overcoming Doom and Gloom is Essential to Achieving Climate Justice,” will be a highlight of the week. You also won’t want to miss

  • the Nutshell Games, a friendly graduate student presentation competition, March 19
  • a March 16 talk by interdisciplinary artist Meredith Drum on her creation of the augmented reality app “Oyster City”
  • SciArt collaboration talks and exhibits throughout the week
  • a science-and-art storytime for children at Blacksburg’s public library March 19
  • our special edition of Science on Tap March 23

and much more. In fact, the week is now officially longer than a week. You’ll find all events listed below in chronological order, and there’s room for more. If you have an event scheduled for that week that relates in any way to communicating science, let us know and we’ll be glad to add it to our list. Please join us where and when you can!

Below is the list of all events scheduled thus far, with full details for each event available on our Communicating Science Week webpage.

Rhino 2020, a staged reading of a play by geosciences graduate student Ali Namayandeh exploring social unrest in the face of our changing climate. Haymarket Theatre, Squires Student Center, 7 p.m. March 15.

Workshop: “Distilling Your Research Message,” Daniel Bird Tobin. 9:00 a.m. March 16.

SciArt Collaboration: “Invasive Exegesis: Shedding Light on the Impacts of Invasive Plants in Appalachia,” Dr. Jacob Barney and David Franusich. Creativity and Innovation District (CID) residence hall common space (first floor), 185 Kent Street, Blacksburg, 12 p.m. March 16.

SciArt Collaboration: “Discover Chub – Builders of Deerfield Trail,” C. Meranda Flachs-Surmanek, Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong, Hiromi Okumura, Creativity and Innovation District (CID) residence hall common space (first floor), 185 Kent Street, Blacksburg, 12:30 p.m. March 16.

Talk: “Oyster City AR: The Past, Present and Future of Oysters in NYC’s Harbor,” Meredith Drum. Creativity and Innovation District (CID) residence hall, 185 Kent Street, Blacksburg; Performance Room C, 7 p.m. March 16.

SciArt Collaboration: “From Ping Pong to Community Wealth & Collaboration,” Ralph Hall and Steven T. Licardi. Creativity and Innovation District (CID) residence hall common space (first floor), 185 Kent Street, Blacksburg, 12 p.m. March 17.

Workshop: “Communicating Science for Watershed Assessment, Management, and Policy,” Erika Goldsmith. 3:30 p.m. March 17.

SciArt Collaboration: “Artistic Exploration of Children’s Cognitive Development: Who Can Be a Scientist?” Dr. Vanessa Diaz, Zach Duer, Erika Meitner, Dr. Charles Nichols, Ariana Wyatt, Creativity and Innovation District (CID) residence hall common space (first floor), 185 Kent Street, Blacksburg, 4 p.m. March 17.

SciArt Collaboration: “The Urgent Marvels of Coastal Science Exhibition,” Lynsey Grace Wyatt  and Dr. Nina Stark, Creativity and Innovation District (CID) residence hall common space (first floor), 185 Kent Street, Blacksburg, 5 p.m. March 17.

ICAT Play Date: “SciArt Fusion: Discoveries from Experiments in SciArt Collaboration,” Creativity and Innovation District (CID) residence hall common space (first floor), 185 Kent Street, Blacksburg, 9 a.m. March 18.

SciArt Collaboration: “Thinking Like an Aspen: Enhancing Resiliency Through Transnational Coalitions,” Dr. Sweta Baniya and Daniel Bird Tobin, Creativity and Innovation District (CID) residence hall common space (first floor), 185 Kent Street, Blacksburg, 12 p.m. March 18.

Developmental Psychology Brown Bag: “Communicating Science and Identity,” Vanessa Diaz, Laura Epperson, and Mason Rosenthal. 134 Williams Hall, 12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m. March 18.

SciArt Collaboration: “Building Personal Resilience for Engineers Through Dance Training,” Dr. Nina Stark and Rachel Rugh, Creativity and Innovation District (CID) residence hall common space (first floor), 185 Kent Street, Blacksburg, 12:30 p.m. March 18.

Rhino 2020, a staged reading of a play by geosciences graduate student Ali Namayandeh exploring social unrest in the face of our changing climate. Haymarket Theatre, Squires Student Center, 4 p.m. on Friday, March 18.

Fridays with Friends: Elin Kelsey and Tim Baird, Creativity and Innovation District (CID) residence hall common space (first floor), 185 Kent Street, Blacksburg, 4 p.m. March 18.

Keynote Talk: “Hope Matters: Why Overcoming Doom and Gloom Is Essential to Achieving Climate Justice,” Dr. Elin Kelsey, Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, 8 p.m. March 18.

ComSciCon-VA Tech 2022, a graduate student conference designed to empower early career researchers to communicate complex and technical concepts to broad and diverse audiences. 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. March 19.

Storytime for Children: “We Are Stardust,” Rachel Nunn. Blacksburg Public Library, 200 Miller Street, Blacksburg, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. March 19. (NOTE: This event will repeat at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Meadowbrook Library, 267 Alleghany Spring Road, Shawsville, VA 24162)

Nutshell Games: 30 graduate students give 90-second talks to a panel of judges and a public audience. Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, 4 p.m. March 19.

Workshop: “How to Communicate Science in Your Job Search,” Alyssa Rametta. Online, 1 p.m. March 21.

Science on Tap: “Science! Music! Art! On Tap!” Rising Silo Brewery, 2351 Glade Road, Blacksburg, 5:30 p.m. March 23.

The mission of the Center for Communication Science is to create and support experiences for scientists, engineers, scholars, and health professionals to build muscles of connection, communication, and collaboration. We aim to help researchers make their communication more personal, direct, spontaneous, and responsive. Please join us at our Communicating Science Week events–we’re looking forward to meeting you!

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