Brown offers a wide range of resources for learning more about science communication:
- Science Communication Series
- Environmental Change Initiative
- Creative Mind Initiative
- Brown / RISD STEAM
- The Brown Chapter of Sigma Xi
- The Triple Helix at Brown University
- Science Underground
- Office of Public Affairs and University Relations
- BioMed Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The Science Communication Series, run through Brown’s Science Center, aims to further the field of science communication amongst students, faculty, and the greater Providence community. The Science Communication Series provides a platform for Brown students, faculty, and outside scientists to communicate their scientific work through assorted events, as well as provides different types of training on communication skills like scientific writing, poster presentation, and use of visual media.
Brown’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) offers workshops, presentations, and resources about science communication. The ECI also co-sponsors the Science Communication Lecture Series. Past events sponsored by the ECI have featured:
- Nancy Baron, science outreach director for COMPASS, lead communications trainer for the Leopold leadership program, and author of Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter
- Robert Krulwich, co-host of NPR’s Radiolab and NPR science correspondent
See the ECI website for more information.
Brown's Creative Mind Initiative sponsors courses that focus on finding creative and cross-disciplinary ways to communicate information. Past courses sponsored by the Initiative include Communicating Science Through Visual Media and Communicating Medical Risk.
"STEAM is a student-led effort to ignite communications between disparate fields in academia, business, and thought. Our focus is broad but our starting point is uniting the Arts with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)."
"Sigma Xi at Brown provides the opportunity for Brown students to be part of a global, interdisciplinary society that promotes ethics and excellence in science and research."
The Triple Helix at Brown University "publish a bi-annual magazine called The Triple Helix, run a blog called Ursa Sapiens, and hold speaker series through our Science Cafes."ence Cafes.
"Scialogue takes place in the Brown University Science Center and is a place where undergraduate students can present their research to their peers in a relaxed atmosphere. The goal of Scialogue is to help students effectively communicate their research by providing them with feedback and encouragement from their peer audience. A faculty adviser from a relevant field will also be present."
Science Underground is a Providence-based science cafe for anyone interested in learning about science and talking with scientists in a non-academic setting. Join us for light refreshments and good conversation! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The office of Public Affairs and University Relations (PAUR) houses Brown's offices of News and Communications, Government Relations and Community Affairs, and Web Communications. PAUR is also responsible for the Brown Alumni Magazine. For more information, visit the PAUR website.
The BioMed Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies hosts events for students to improve their science communication skills. A recent event featured a workshop about science communication and presentations about working with Public Information Officers and across scientific disciplines.