IGN 12-8
Communicating science to the public: Careers in science writing

Thursday, August 13, 2015
345, Baltimore Convention Center
Julie A. Reynolds, Biology Department, Duke University, Durham, NC
Science is worthless unless it is shared with others.  Sometimes it is sufficient to communicate simply among experts, but we also need PhD-level scientists who can translate scholarly articles into writing that is both accessible and engaging to policy-makers, regulators, teachers, and the public.  We need journalists, textbook writers, and editors who understand the science behind the words. I will share techniques for teaching students readers expectation theory, an understanding of audience, and how to write arguments that persuade readers of the significance of science.