We are thrilled to welcome Robin Smith as our speaker for the Writing Workshop: Inspiring Storytelling as part of the SWAC Science Communication Certificate Series for 2018. Robin will speak on April 17th from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Marsico Hall 2004.
*Light refreshments will be served!
Registration Link: http://tinyurl.com/ybn2npap
As a reminder, you must attend 4/6 events to earn the certificate.
This year, we are putting a spin on our traditional blog writing workshop with a theme on
storytelling. Why is storytelling important in science communication? How does one tell a good story? How can we use our own stories and experiences to communicate science beyond traditional reporting? During this interactive workshop, participants will not only go over best writing practices, but learn how stories can play a big role in their own work, produce a story-based blog post, and have the option to publish on SWAC’s blog The Pipettepen!
Robin Smith was a researcher and writing teacher for more than ten years before joining the news office at Duke University. She has also written for the Raleigh News and Observer, the Charlotte Observer, and the blog column of Scientific American. Robin earned a PhD in biology in 2005. For more, visit robinannsmith.com.
Our Expert Reviewers:
Alyssa LaFaro: On any given day, Alyssa LaFaro can be found photographing the effects of climate change, digging up long-lost information in the University Archives, or writing furiously in her Bynum Hall office. As the editor of Endeavors, UNC’s digital research magazine, she’s produced upwards of 50 multimedia stories on anything and everything including genetics, art history, nuclear physics, psychology, business, and health humanities, just to name a few. When she’s not behind a camera or a computer, she’s meeting regularly with communicators, students, and faculty from across campus to learn about the latest research projects and unlock new opportunities for collaboration.
Greer Arthur is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at NC State University. Outside the lab, she devotes her time to science communication. She has produced a magazine, Verve, for NC State graduate students and postdocs, a newsletter for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NC State, and has recently taken over communications for the Comparative Medicine Institute at NC State. In addition, she has written for NC State and Duke University’s research blogs, and has also published freelance pieces in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine and The Lancet Neurology. During her PhD at the University of Leicester, UK, she acted as Publications Officer for the British Association of Lung Researchers and worked as an editorial intern for The Lancet in London.
Marla Broadfoot is a freelance science writer with a PhD in genetics and molecular biology. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at UNC, a contributing editor at American Scientist, and president of the Science Communicators of North Carolina. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Scientific American, Science, STAT News, Nature News, and Discover. She lives in Wendell, NC.
Special Summer Event! SWAC will host 1 event in the summer months that will count towards the required attendance. More details to come. If you are only one event short of earning the certificate, keep this in mind!
This workshop is sponsored by UNC Training Initiatives of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (TIBBS) and the Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF).
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