Science Communication

Joe Palca, an NPR Science Correspondent, has initiated a project called Joe’s Big Idea to promote effective science communication and to help build communities with this shared goal. Madeline Sofia, an NPR producer and reporter, is playing a major role in creating an online resource for this community.

The upcoming visit will have lots of opportunities to meet these visitors and to gather with people across campus to learn more about Science Communication and the resources we have for training in this area. In particular, we want to let you know of a SciComm Fair and Science Communication Events that will be held on October 23, culminating in a lecture by Joe Palca that will be at 5:30 in the Natural History Museum.

October 23, 2017 – SciComm Fair and Science Communication Events

9:00 – 10:00  |  Locations TBA
“Science Communication as a Career” with Madeline Sofia
Graduate Student & Postdoc Event | 20 Seats | Register Here!
Postdoc Roundtable with Joe Palca
Postdoc Event | 30 Seats | Register Here!
11:00 – 12:30  |  Locations TBA
“Becoming a Better Science Communicator” Workshop with Madeline Sofia
Graduate Student & Postdoc Event | 20 Seats | Register Here!
3MT Special Session with Joe Palca
Reserved for 2017 3MT Participants
1:00 – 3:30  |  USTAR (SMBB) Atrium & Auditorium
SciComm Fair – Open to All!
SciComm Fair Events and Presenters
3:30 – 4:00  |  USTAR (SMBB) Auditorium
“Joe’s Big Idea: How to get the most out of Being an FOJBI” with Madeline Sofia
Open to All |
5:30 – 6:30  |  SWaner Forum, Natural History Museum
Keynote Talk: “Science and News: A Marriage of Convenience” with Joe Palca
Open to All | Reception to follow


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If you are a graduate student or postdoc, you can join “Friends of Joe’s Big Idea,” or FOJBI, a community that helps you keep up with the latest in science communication both at the U and nationwide. To become a FOJBI, contact Madeline Sofia ( and let her know your name, department/research focus, and that you would like to join.