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CUAHSI and Let's Talk About Water (LTAW) 
 Present a
 in conjunction with Emerson College and Nesson Media Boston  
at the Boston Museum of Science


 Improve NSF Broader Impact Criterion Two Statements - Meet with a NSF Program Officer
Explore Creative Educational & Outreach Activities
Build Networking Opportunities
Learn Tools and Strategies for Improving Your Science Communication 
May 3, 2013
Museum of Science (MOS), Boston
Goals and Objectives of Workshop
Discuss and address the following topics:
  • To discuss methods for improving science communication through the use of media, in particular, film;
  • To identify tools that are available to scientists to better improve the broader impact criterion of your NSF proposal;
  • To bring scientists, communications faculty, students, local watershed groups and other representatives together as a way to foster and coordinate collaboration;
  • Bring awareness to opportunities that exist for faculty on their campus in developing interdisciplinary research projects and/or courses; and
  • Through panel discussions, begin to explain how scientists can “package” your science for the general public.

Target Audience
Water Scientists (including Earth Scientists, Geographers, Engineers, and Ecologists)
Communications Professors (including film, print, and visual media specialists)
Watershed Groups (communications and outreach, scientists, practitioners, activists), NGOs
Outreach Specialists in universities 

Why is this Workshop Important?
Understanding and learning new methods to better assist you in communicating your scientific research to a diverse range of audiences is becoming more crucial, especially within the changing and evolving set of learning criteria in today’s higher education environment. Specifically, the essential need to communicate using resources and technology so readily available (ie, iPhones, other digital equipment, campus resources).

As funding resources become more competitive, it is important for you, as a scientist, to be able to better justify your research, and in doing so, outline the broader impacts of your research and engage the general public through education and outreach activities.

The NSF provides general examples illustrating activities likely to demonstrate broader impacts on the NSF website at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf022/bicexamples.pdf. CUAHSI’s science communication workshop goes one step further, in that we give you alternative and creative ideas for outreach activities that will likely fulfill the broader impact criterion of your NSF grant proposal, and we demonstrate to you exactly how to execute it. We want to assist you in your grant writing process, and we hope you find this workshop useful for this purpose.   

Workshop Speakers

  • Bob Nesson - Emerson College & Filmmaker, Visual & Media Arts [Workshop co-organizer]
  • Jon Honea – Emerson College, Communications Sciences
  • Karen PeltoNRD Coordinator, MA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Shervin Arya – Former Emerson student & filmmaker (film, Benthos)
  • Beth MacBlane – Outreach Coordinator, Mystic River Watershed Association (film, The Mystic Unseen)
  • Tom Torgersen – NSF, Hydrologic Sciences Program Director
  • Carol Lynn Alpert - Filmmaker and Director, Strategic Projects, Museum of Science, Boston
  • Ann Marie Cunningham – Freelance Science Journalist