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Lecture Series: Spring 2017 Genomics Salon

See below for a schedule of Spring Quarter Genomics Salon activities.

Thursday April 6, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XVI: Science communication in the age of social media
April Lo (Genome Sciences) and Orlando de Lange (Electrical Engineering)
Twitter, facebook, youtube and reddit – more ways than ever to communicate your science, and also more ways to get trolled, ignored and echo-chambered. How successfully are scientists navigating these new and potentially treacherous waters?

Thursday April 13, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege auditorium)
Salon XVII: Science communication: Life on the front lines 
Jen McCreight (Genome Sciences), Michelle Ma (UW Today), Sabrina Richards (FHCRC)

*Note that this session will be held in Foege auditorium.* This special session of the Genomics Salon invites speakers to address how science is and should be communicated to the public, with an emphasis on written media, and asks how scientists can get involved. Jennifer McCreight, a recent Genome Sciences graduate, has blogged as The Blag Hag and at The Jenome. Michelle Ma is the assistant director of UW Office of News and Information. Sabrina Richards is a science news writer at the Fred Hutch.

Wednesday April 19, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege N-130)
Salon XVIII: Translating infectious-disease research into public policy
Marc Lipsitch (Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

*Note that this session will be held in Foege N-130.* Influenza can cause global pandemics when strains from birds or pigs make the jump into humans. Although many scientists are working predict which strains might cause future pandemics, gaps in our knowledge of influenza biology substantially limit our predictive abilities. This session will explore the extent that we can rely on these predictions to guide public-health policy. What level of certainty, and about what, do decision makers need to enact costly preventative measures such as poultry culling or vaccine stockpiling? Some experiments on non-human influenza that aim to refine these predictions can also pose a threat to public health (e.g., if these strains are accidentally released from the lab). We will also discuss ethical considerations behind this kind of dual-use research on infectious diseases.

Thursday April 27, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XIX: Science advocacy
Cecilia Noecker (Genome Sciences) and Elyse Hope (Genome Sciences)
Scientists are in the news and taking to the streets. Should we lean into this politicization or resist it? Should we advocate for scientific results or the scientific process? And where does science communication end and advocacy begin?

Wednesday May 3, 2017, 5:30pm (Foege auditorium)
Salon XX: Movie night: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

*Note that this session will be held in Foege auditorium, on a Wednesday, at 5:30pm.* Join us for a screening of the new HBO movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This movie explores the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cancer cells were used by researchers, without her consent, to conduct life-saving research.

Thursday evenings May 4, 11, 18, and Saturday afternoon June 10
Workshops: Science communication streams
Bryce Taylor (TALK), Katherine Xue (WRITE), and Orlando de Lange (CONNECT)
This month-long workshop series will explore three modes of science communication: TALKWRITE, and CONNECT. In the TALK stream, participants will workshop presentations for a variety of informal settings. In the WRITE stream, participants will produce a piece of writing that creatively and critically approaches scientific concepts. In the CONNECT stream, participants will explore how new technologies and innovations are democratizing the process of science. The workshops will culminate in a half-day session on Saturday, June 10, which will also feature a special plenary session on science activism (Hannah Gelman, GS). Check out the full syllabus for each workshop here, and sign up here by April 4 to have the best chance of securing a spot.

Funding Opportunity: Washington Sea Grant Science Communications Fellowship (Application Deadline: 11/08/16)

Sea Grant LogoWashington Sea Grant Science Communication fellows make stories happen. Fellows
may write features for Sea Star, work with media on coastal research, or develop their
own multimedia projects to connect people with marine science that matters. Along the
way, they build portfolios that help them gain recognition as writers and communicators
who can break down the barriers between scientific information and public
understanding.

Eligibility: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in any field from
Washington universities and colleges may apply. Applicants must demonstrate strong
writing skills, a good general grounding in the sciences, and a special interest in marine
science, education, or policy. Applicants should have at least some social media
experience or be interested in developing their digital content skills. The selection
committee will consider writing samples, related experience and studies, references and
the relevance of the fellowship to future career goals.

Award: Fellows receive a $3,000 stipend and are expected to work an average of 8-10
hours per week. Fellows are also expected to meet regularly with WSG communications
staff and to maintain consistent email contact when working offsite.

Application Deadline: Applications for the fellowship are due to Washington Sea Grant
by 5:00 p.m. PST on November 18, 2016. Finalists will be selected and interviewed early
December.

For more information, see https://wsg.washington.edu/students-teachers/fellowships/washington-sea-grant-science-communications-fellowship/

Job Opportunity: Science Communications and Program Coordinator – New England Complex Systems Institute

New England Complex Systems Institute LogoScience Communications and Program Coordinator

The New England Complex Systems Institute is looking for a talented individual for the role of Science Communications and Program Coordinator.

Position: Science Communications & Program Coordinator

Organization: The New England Complex Systems Institute is a non-profit education and research institute located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. NECSI research advances fundamental science and its applications to diverse areas, including biology, engineering, health care, ethnic violence, international development, and economics. NECSI provides its employees with a unique working environment that can allow the right candidate to develop a broad skill set. Please see our Web site (http://www.necsi.edu) for more information.

Position Details:
-Represent the institute in communications with policy makers, government agencies, corporate, individual, academic and institutional partners and associates;
-Develop familiarity with NECSI related research and concepts;
-Collaborate with NECSI staff in drafting press releases, media relations content, white papers, social media content, and other institutional literature;
-Coordinate and organize educational programs and courses hosted by institute;
-Promote NECSI projects to scientific community and other stakeholders to build relationships and collaborations.

Requirements:
-Bachelors Degree in science related field
-Advanced degree a plus
-Excellent presentation and public speaking skills
-Excellent team engagement skills
-Dedication to mission of the organization & ability to represent the organization
-The ideal candidate will be reliable, flexible, self-motivated, and willing to challenge themselves.
-Bright and engaging personality

Qualified applicants should e-mail their cover letter, resume, 3 references and salary expectations to programs@necsi.edu

Job Opportunity: Science Communication Program Manager – Chesapeake Environmental Communications (CEC) (Application Deadline: 08/12/16)

Chesapeake Environmental Communications LogoScience Communication Program Manager Position Announcement
Chesapeake Environmental Communications (CEC) is looking for a motivated and talented Science Communication Program Manager (SciComm Program Manager) to join our growing
team. CEC specializes in connecting science to decision-making processes. We create broadly
understandable science content, custom tools and visualizations, and strategic project
management and facilitation. Our work focuses on coastal and ocean resource management,
environmental education, and eco & heritage tourism in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

The SciComm Program Manager will assist principal staff in project development, management
and execution. He/she will synthesize, interpret, and communicate scientific information and
prepare reports on findings; work and communicate with a wide range of audiences; and manage multiple projects, including staffing, workloads, and finances under deadlines. The successful applicant must be a self-motivated, outgoing, and creative thinker, with the ability to
communicate effectively through content and graphic development.

This position offers the opportunity to delve into key issues related to the intersection between
society and marine/coastal resources, including climate change and sea level rise, water quality,
habitat restoration and protection, fisheries management, and more. The SciComm Program
Manager will work with regional experts and leaders to translate science to broad audiences and produce products that provide long-term benefits.

This is a full-time position located within our Richmond, Virginia office. CEC provides the
necessary hardware and software and a competitive benefits plan. Additionally, CEC provides
professional development and networking opportunities.

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Job Opportunity: Social Media & Science Communication Coordinator – Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (Application Deadline: 08/05/16)

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium LogoSocial Media & Science Communication Coordinator – Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (Chauvin, LA)
A Social Media & Science Communication Coordinator is sought for employment at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). LUMCON is entering an exciting new 5-year growth phase. We are looking for someone who has a passion for all things social media and content development. Above all, we are looking for someone who has the same passion for marine science that we do.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
–Develop a social media and science communication plan that highlights Louisiana marine science across our consortium members; the science, natural history, and facilities of the LUMCON Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA; and conveys the excitement and energy for the new growth phase of LUMCON.
–Implement and adjust this plan to drive traffic, engagement, and community growth across all LUMCON social media channels.
–Manage day-to-day content production and execution for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, etc.
–Engage and connect with the public, Louisiana residents, students, and various LUMCON stakeholders.
–Coordinate events with science communicators interested in marine science and social media.
–Coordinate with media outlets to highlight LUMCON marine science.
–Communicate and collaborate with education and development teams to support existing programs, cross-functional campaigns, and new initiatives.
–Analyze social media metrics and identify opportunities to better engage with the community and drive goals.
–Stay up-to-date on best practices on social media marketing and content development

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Events: Summer Genomics Salon

We invite all of you to participate in a summer genomics “salon” to discuss social issues in genomics. The goal is to provide an informal forum for discussing subjects of general intellectual interest related to genomics and, more broadly, modern biology. The general idea comes from the Stanford AI salon, which gets students and faculty together every other week to discuss high-level issues related to artificial intelligence.

We would love to see you there! So far, we’ve set the following schedule for the first part of the summer, and we’ll add sessions in August and September based on interest and feedback. The format of each session will be a short, framing statement by the organizer following by free-form discussion. We’ll provide some snacks and drinks, and feel free to bring some of your own. We hope this will be light, fun, and interesting for everyone involved!

Thursday, June 23, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Public understanding of science
Katherine Xue (Genome Sciences) and Molly Gasperini (Genome Sciences)

Everyone agrees that science communication is important, but no one seems to agree how it should be done. Science communication–particularly science writing–is subject to criticism from multiple directions: for hype, for oversimplification, for inaccuracy, for uncritically taking scientists at their word. This session will explore the complications and contradictions of communicating science to the public. What do these criticisms suggest about how science communication is and should be done? What is it, really, that the public should know about science?

Thursday, July 14, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Medicine and identity
Jolie Carlisle (Genome Sciences) and Hugh Haddox (MCB)

Growing interest in personalized medicine has generated initiatives that aim to develop medicines for demographic groups based on characteristics like race and gender. This session will examine the complex ways in which medical science shapes ideas about identity at the level of both social groups (for instance, race and gender) and individuals (for instance, personality characteristics and mental health). How does science draw on and reinforce social concepts of identity? What are the implications for policy design?

Thursday, August 4, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Bioscience as change agent: rhetorics of restraint and inevitability in response to advances in genetic technologies
Leah Ceccarelli (Professor of Communication)

Last year, a group of scientists and bioethicists published an editorial in Science calling for a moratorium on the use of CRISPR-Cas9 for germline genome modification, drawing comparisons to the 1975 Asilomar letter calling for voluntary deferral of certain kinds of recombinant DNA research. This session will compare the rhetoric of these two influential statements. How does the language and framing of these two letters portray bioscience and its capacity for change? What do they suggest about our collective ability to shape the course of technological change?

Job Opportunity: Outreach Coordinator – Wildlife Center of Virginia

The Wildlife Center of Virginia LogoOutreach Coordinator
Organization: Wildlife Center of Virginia
Address: Waynesboro, VA
Website: Wildlife Center of Virginia

Working with the Director of Outreach, expand the Center’s strong national online presence through the website, social media, videos, and email newsletters. Efforts will include promoting and sharing Center stories and information with supporters and the general public, including updates about current patients, stories about education animals, and current wildlife issues. Identify, develop, and carry out new online outreach programs and opportunities through the Center’s webcam network and moderated discussion. With other outreach staff, create and produce regular video content for supporters and the general public on a variety of wildlife topics. Monitor and identify successful online efforts by similar organizations. Monitor Wildlife Center online activity and traffic; work to market the website and online efforts to a wider audience.

Promote, schedule, and present on- and off-site outreach programs and events for various age groups. These programs are interactive, include non-releasable wild animals from the Wildlife Center, highlight the work of the hospital, and include instruction about lessening human impact on the Earth’s ecosystem. Help to expand Center programs to reach additional non-school audiences and to increase use of technology to deliver information.

Responsibilities also include invoicing, program and payment tracking; monitoring program success through post-presentation written/telephone evaluations. Work with the Director to fine-tune current programs and explore new audiences and new opportunities to create popular and successful outreach programs. Maintain database and monthly spreadsheets tracking number of programs presented and animal use during those programs.

For complete description, please visit: http://wildlifecenter.org/about-center/employment-opportunities (link is external)

How to Apply:
Please email a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample, to:
Amanda Nicholson
Director of Outreach
outreach@wildlifecenter.org