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Research translation in the classroom

Last fall, the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, and the Duke Superfund Research Center, rolled out a new graduate-level course on research translation and science communication.  The research translation course was well-received by students, and the Superfund RTC team is waist-deep in planning the second iteration (offered in spring 2014), which will coordinate closely with a course offered by UNC’s Superfund Research Center.

A recurring conversation among science communicators revolves around scientists’ important role in influencing the public’s understanding of science and research. This is especially critical for applied research used directly by decision-makers, such as that funded by the Superfund Research Program. How can we better prepare scientists to share their findings and the motivations behind their research with non-scientific audiences?

 

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Highlights

This quarter we're highlighting PhD candidate, Audrey Bone - recipient of the KC Donnelly externship. Read her interview!
Audrey Bone, PhD candidate in the Di Giulio lab

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From our desk

The Role of Communication in Science Effectively communicating results of scientific research can be tricky for many reasons. Each audience listens to scientific results through the lens of their own background and expertise. The nuances of risk and scientific uncertainty are complex. Pressing challenges continue to arise around sharing negative or sensitive data...click here to KEEP READING
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