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Be sure to attend the Communicating Science Workshop scheduled for November 11, 2014.

Author: Evelyn Head | Category: Career Development | October 26, 2014

Most people cringe at the prospect of being interviewed on camera. Nervous jitters can make it hard to breath or even formulate coherent sentences. However, this feeling can be compounded when the interviewer wants you to explain complex, scientific research. Instead of shying away from television appearances, learn how to effectively communicate your science at the career development workshop being held on November 11, 2014.

The purpose of this workshop is to showcase how media professionals utilize raw data or a scientist’s interview to formulate a story that can be broadcast on television. We are lucky to have a group of local professionals joining a panel to discuss these key topics and showcase this process in action.

An interview that involves our own Dr. James Lechleiter, professor of Cellular and Structural Biology, and Wendy Rigby, a former medical reporter for KENS 5 TV, will be shown to participants to highlight the type of information reporters are usually hoping to gain during an interview. Next, students will see how Dr. Lechleiter’s responses were utilized in a final, edited version.

Other panelists will also be present to explain the multi-faceted implications of science communication, including Jennifer Lloyd, a former reporter for San Antonio Express-News, Eileen Pace, a news reporter and anchor for Texas Public Radio (TPR), and Will Sansom, the Executive Director of Media Communications at the UT Health Science Center.

This workshop will help you become better equipped to handle media-related inquiries about your research, and give you the confidence to effectively discuss your findings to a non-scientific crowd. Students, trainees, and researchers are encouraged to attend this innovative workshop. Event details are below:

Communication Sciences: Tips for the Effective Sharing of Your Innovative Science with the Media


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

4:00 - 5:00 pm, 409L MED

Reception to Follow

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