[Monster Seminar JAM] Vukajlovich on "Going Beyond Jargon and Elevator Speeches: Strategies for Communicating Science to the Public"

Start Date/Time: Thursday, November 01, 2012, 11:00 AM
Ending Date/Time: Thursday, November 01, 2012, 12:30 PM
Location: Northwest Fisheries Science Center Auditorium: 2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle

The next installment of the 2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series will feature Ms. Dana Vukajlovich, Pacific Science Center. Ms. Vukajlovich’s presentation entitled “Going Beyond Jargon and Elevator Speeches: Strategies for Communicating Science to the Public”, will take place on Thursday, November 1st at 11:00 AM in the Northwest Fisheries Science Center Auditorium: 2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle.

Please visit the Monster Seminar JAM web page for additional information about the Series, as well as upcoming installments. The NWFSC Monster Seminar JAM is part of the OneNOAA Science Discussion Seminar Series and is open to all who wish to attend.

ABSTRACT:
Science and technology pervade our daily lives. Science literacy is critical for personal decisions and for policy making. At the same time, there are significant gaps in understanding and communication between scientific communities and the general public. No longer just the realm of science journalists and science teachers, many science-based professionals and engineers are motivated to be the ones directly communicating their work to public audiences. What experience and advice can museums and science centers share to support these scientists? How does communicating to a non-captive museum audience differ from the classroom setting or the conference setting? This talk will share communication strategies based on research into learning in informal environments and studies of how people learn. What opportunities arise when scientists and non-scientists have open-ended conversations in an informal, face-to-face setting? I will share tips and tools that promote effective science communication and which are part of the professional development programs of Portal to the Public at Pacific Science Center. Seminar attendees will be asked to participate in a sample activity used to build communication skills.

BIO: Dana Vukajlovich is the Portal to the Public Program Manager at Pacific Science Center. In this position, she works to connect public audiences to current science and engineering research in the Puget Sound area. Her group provides professional development in effective science communication to scientists and engineers through programs such as the Science Communication Fellowship program. Ms. Vukajlovich also manages the Portal to the Public Network, a growing network consisting of dozens of informal science education institutions who are building similar programs to bring scientists and public audiences together in face-to-face interactions.