Getting to the Heart of Science Communication: A Guide to Effective Engagement

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Virtual – Event details shared upon registration

The Science Communication (SciComm) certificate program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore's (UMB) Graduate School is excited to welcome Dr. Faith Kearns to the inaugural annual Science Communication Lecture. Dr. Kearns is a scientist and science communication practitioner who focuses primarily on water, wildfire, and climate change in the western United States. She is the author of Getting to the Heart of Science Communication, and her work has been published broadly, including in the New RepublicOn BeingNewsweek, the BBC, and Bay Nature

Dr. Kearns will talk about her book, providing an overview of the evolution of science communication and the pressing issues in the field, with a particular focus on how to effectively and ethically engage diverse audiences in communicating scientific research and developments relevant to us all. For those interested in science communication, this talk is a must.

Below is a brief description of the book from Island Press, the publisher of Dr. Kearns' groundbreaking work:

"In Getting to the Heart of Science Communication, Faith Kearns has penned a succinct guide for navigating the human relationships critical to the success of practice-based science. Using interviews and personal anecdotes, as well as her own insights as a field scientist, Kearns walks readers through the evolution of science communication and how emotional and high-stakes issues have shaped communication. The meat of the book lies in the middle chapters, where Kearns offers key tools for communicators: listening, working with conflict, and understanding trauma, loss, and healing. She concludes the book with a substantive discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion in science communication, and advice to readers for handling their own emotional needs in an unpredictable career landscape."

Please register via this Zoom link to receive the login information for the event on October 26 via email. You will be able to save that information to your Outlook calendar or other online calendar of your choice if you so wish. 

If you need an accommodation for this event, please contact the UMB Writing Center at by October 12, 2022.

Organized by Science Communication Program, UMB Graduate School

Audience: Public 

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