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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.
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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 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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Job Opportunity: Outreach Coordinator – US Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Legacy’s Environmental Stewards Program (Application Deadline: 08/05/16)

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service LogoPOSITION OPENING: OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Application deadline: August 5, 2016

Position Summary
This is a full-time, paid, one-year placement through Conservation Legacy’s Environmental Stewards program with the potential for term extension up to another full year. The ideal candidate would have a bachelor’s degree in communications, media arts, writing, or a related area of study and an interest in environmental conservation. Applicants with a degree in biological sciences or a related field and significant outreach experience will also be considered. This is not an internship, but an opportunity for someone who is prepared to take initiative and who is eager to learn about and develop communication strategies to increase public awareness of Federal conservation efforts in New York State.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, media arts, marketing, writing, or a related area of study;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Enjoys working independently;
  • Competency in developing content for a variety of social media outlets;
  • Communicates well with people of a variety of backgrounds; and
  • Brings energy and creativity to whatever they do

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Job Opportunity: Education Curator – Whale Museum

The Whale Museum LogoEducation Curator – Whale Museum (Friday Harbor, WA)
Position:
Education Curator
Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, USA

The Whale Museum is seeking a person to fulfill the role of Education Curator. Year-round FT employment, includes benefits.

Established in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in the wild, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. Our facility is located on San Juan Island, northwest of Seattle, Washington. This remote island is accessible only by ferry, boat or plane.

The Education Curator’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:
· conduct education programs, guided tours, other educational programs, and special events as needed
· development and implementation of programs, events and activities that address the Museum’s mission to education and build stewardship within the community as well as with visitors
· management and evaluation of the education programs and associated volunteers
· help coordinate volunteer recruitment, database management, and scheduling
· The Education Curator works closely with the E.D., staff and/or contracted consultants to plan, budget and implement educational programs and outreach projects/events associated with their areas of responsibility.

The successful candidate will be highly flexible. Work schedule requires some evening and weekend coverage.

Qualifications:
· Bachelor’s Degree required (Master’s preferred), plus a minimum of 3 years of experience in a related field (natural history museum, science center or similar educational institution).
· Strong knowledge of marine ecosystems and marine mammal biology and natural history, specifically the Southern Resident orcas and the Salish Sea.
· Strong verbal and written communication skills necessary for department planning and grant writing, as well as conducting educational programs and tours as needed.
· Ability to create and present age appropriate learning experiences related to the marine ecosystem.
· Ability to understand the educational field and curriculum specific information.
· Team player with excellent interpersonal skills, able to interact effectively with Museum staff & board, volunteers, visitors, and members.
· Ability to multi-task and work flexible schedule, specifically some weekends and evenings.
· Able to collect and synthesize information; effective problem solving skills.
· Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
· Computer skills should include word processing, database management, spreadsheets, graphics, and social media. Specific programs include: Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Access, Excel, and Publisher.

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Job Opportunity: Communications Officer – Environment America

Environment America LogoCommunications Officer

Overview
Environment America seeks a Communications Officer to build the organization’s brand in the public and among opinion leaders, spearhead its national media outreach strategy, write and edit media materials, and build relationships with reporters and bloggers.

About Environment America
Environment America is an advocacy group that tackles tough environmental problems – from fracking and the climate crisis to protecting our prized natural landscapes ensuring clean water to drink for all Americans.

Through grassroots campaigns, research reports, news conferences, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, and more, we’re mobilizing public support for the environment, promoting sensible solutions, and winning tangible results.

The changes Environment America has championed and won in Washington, D.C., and more than 25 states are reducing global warming pollution, creating more solar and wind power, sparing our parks and forests from fracking, keeping beaches, rivers and streams clean, and protecting our wildlife and wild places.

We have offices in 20+ states, with members in all 50 giving us a strong and broad base of grassroots support and action and a track record of local and state victories, all of which have set the stage for even bigger accomplishments on the national level.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute strategic communication plans to support campaigns to get the nation to commit to 100 percent clean, renewable energy; to ensure clean water; to take the next steps in the fight against global warming; to protect our special landscapes and more.
  • Organize, promote and participate in news conferences, telepressers, media breakfasts, and similar, and write associated opinion media, press releases and statements.
  • Write edit and pitch rapid-response press releases, statements and social media content on a wide variety of issues and campaigns as needed.
  • Develop and deepen relationships with reporters, bloggers, and opinion writers through face to face meetings, phone calls, and written correspondence. Respond to media inquiries. Maintain a up-to-date database of top national reporters.
  • Work with program directors to write and post regular blogs on Huffington post, Medium, Environment America’s website, and other media.
  • Track media coverage and reach into key outlets, and adapt strategies to grow and improve coverage results over time
  • Coordinate with digital campaigners to guide creation of compelling online content, including photos, videos and infographics.
  • Develop a twitter following of at least 500 and follow and interact with 300+ national reporters.

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