October 10, 2011 in Uncategorized
In February 2011, members of the COS Network from four different institutions presented a two-day workshop for Knauss Fellows, marine science graduate students and post-docs who spend a year in Washington, D.C. working in science policy in the legislative and executive branches of government. The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships are sponsored by NOAA Sea Grant. The workshop team, led by Myrna Jacobsen Meyers (University of Southern California) and Emily Yam (Aquarium of the Pacific) also included Dave Bader (Aquarium of the Pacific), Catherine Halversen (UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science/COSEE California), Jim Fawcett (USC), and Celeste Barthel (Wilson College and Oregon State University), focused on how scientists can better communicate scientific concepts to the public. The workshop included sessions on public and scientific perceptions of the nature and process of science, how people learn and construct their knowledge of scientific concepts, and effective strategies for talking about science with diverse audiences.