To Think, to Write, to Publish: Forging a Working Bond between Next Generation Science Communicators and the Next Generation of Science and Technology Policy Leaders

March 1st, 2010 - February 29th, 2012 | PROJECT

Arizona State University is conducting a May 2010 two-day workshop that will bring together "Next Generation" (NextGen) science communicators (writers, journalists, bloggers, documentary filmmakers, museum professionals); NextGen scholars/researchers in science and technology policy; and publication editors. The goals are: to help improve the communications skills of these professionals, to encourage collaborations of communicators and scholars, and, ultimately, to help the public gain a better understanding of the policy dimensions of STEM by encouraging more effective communications about STEM and policy issues that affect their lives. The workshop provides direct experience in a writing genre called "narrative nonfiction" or "creative nonfiction," a domain in which Gutkind has been a leader. The co-PI, Guston, is a scholar in science and technology policy and an active partner of the NSF-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network. In addition, the Spring 2011 issue of Issues in Science and Technology will include works by the collaborating communicators/scholars. This workshop precedes and informs a larger conference on science policy, The Rightful Place of Science?," funded by others, including NSF's Science, Technology, and Society program.

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Team Members

Lee Gutkind, Principal Investigator, Arizona State University
David Guston, Co-Principal Investigator, Arizona State University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1010641
Funding Amount: 49362


Audience: Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | History | policy | law | Mathematics | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Conferences | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks