Science Communication: A Practical Guide

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Leslie Hawthorn, Jacob Kaplan-Moss, and Robert Lofthouse present together at DjangoCon 2008. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Kaplan-Moss on Flickr. CC-BY-NC.)


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Fall 2011



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This class develops the abilities of students to communicate science effectively in a variety of real-world contexts. It covers strategies for dealing with complex areas like theoretical physics, genomics and neuroscience, and addresses challenges in communicating about topics such as climate change and evolution. Projects focus on speaking and writing, being an expert witness, preparing briefings for policy-makers, writing blogs, and giving live interviews for broadcast, as well as the creation of an interactive exhibit for display in the MIT Museum.

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John Durant, and Bina Venkataraman. STS.034 Science Communication: A Practical Guide, Fall 2011. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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