Graduate student and postdoc professional skills

ASM Kadner Institute

An outreach activity I am particularly proud of is my involvement with the American Society for Microbiology's Kadner Institute. The Kadner Institute is a five-day intensive professional development program held each summer for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. The Institute teaches participants about employment options and helps them develop professional skills for their careers. The interactions between the Institute faculty and participants are beyond those that typically take place in a graduate program. Faculty members convey the human side of their professions along with descriptions of their daily activities. The Institute is a model for professional training in the sciences.

ASM Kadner Institute

Science Communications

Here are some links to resources about communicating science to the public.

A podcast at RadioLab of Robert Krulwich’s commencement address at CalTech entitled “Tell Me a Story”

Stony Brook University’s Center for Communicating Science

Alan Alda’s lecture “The Art of Science Communication” at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research

2009 PEW Research Center report “Public Praises Science; Scientists Fault Public, Media”

Dennis Meredith’s Research Explainer site talks about his experiences as a science journalist, self-publshed author, and blogger.

A 2011 article by Chris Mooney in Mother Jones, “The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science”

A 2011 article by Vivienne Raper in Science Careers, “Science Blogging and Tenure”

Prof. Lisa Randall writes about science jargon and clear communication with the public in an Op-Ed article entitled “Dangling Particles” in the New York Times, Sept. 18, 2005.