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?