Sustainable Infrastructures Workshop Presentations

On December 9, 2013 and January 10, 2014 The Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences hosted a workshop, Sustainable Infrastructures for Life Science Communication.  PDF and video links to speaker presentations and panel discussions are provided below. All videos are external links to the NASInterface YouTube channel.

DAY 1 (December 9, 2013) [YouTube Video Playlist]

Welcome and Opening Remarks – Kenneth Ramos, University of Louisville [PDF] [Video]

SESSION 1 BACKGROUND AND VISION

What do we mean by sustainable life science communication infrastructure? – Brooke Smith, COMPASS  [PDF] [Video] Why is a science communication infrastructure important – a scientist perspective – May Berenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  [PDF] [Video]

SESSION 2 LIFE SCIENTISTS ENGAGED

Panel Discussion: On the Ground, Paving the Way

  • Opening Comments – David Ewing Duncan, Freelance reporter [Video]
  • Forest Ecologist  Nalini Nadkarni, University of Utah  [Video]
  • Cellular Neuroscientist – Daniel Colon-Ramos, Yale University [Video]
  • Marine Biologist  Craig McClain, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (by phone) [Video]
  • Panel Discussion, On the Ground Paving the Way [Video]

SESSION 3 FRICTIONS AND MOMENTUM

Moderator overview– Bruce Lewenstein, Cornell University [PDF] [Video] Agricultural Extension Programs: A Model for Life Sciences Communication? – Sonny Ramaswamy, US Department of Agriculture [PDF [Video] Public Affairs Offices and Transparency in Federal Agencies– Kathryn Foxhall, Freelance health and medical reporter [PDF of transcript] [Video] Experiences with Science Communication in Academia, Industry, and Science Centers– Phillip Needleman, Washington University (by phone) [PNeedleman] [Video] Science Communication in Academic Institutions – Diane Harley, University of California, Berkeley (by phone) [PDF] [Video] Scientist Perceptions of Infrastructure-Related Barriers – Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin-Madison [DBrossard] [Video] Panel Discussion: Who is Going to Champion Institutional Change? [Video]

SESSION 4 HOW DO WE CONNECT LIFE SCIENTISTS TO PUBLIC INTERFACES?

Infrastructure to connect scientists to public interfaces: overview of knowns and unknowns – Matt Nisbet, American University [PDF] [Video]

Panel Discussion: Sustainable Connections

  • Academic Research Centers – Donald Boesch, University of Maryland [Video]
  • Federal Science Communication Programs – Rick Borchelt, US Department of Energy [Video]
  • Boundary Organizations –Chad English, COMPASS [Video]
  • Academic Institutions & Broader Impacts – Jack Schultz, University of Missouri [Video]
  • Scientific Societies – Erika Shugart, American Society of Microbiology [Video]
  • Panel Discussion: How do we connect life scientists to public interfaces? [Video]

Response to Day 1– Daniel Sarewitz, Arizona State University [Video]

DAY 2 (January 10, 2014) [YouTube Video Playlist]

Videos for Day 2 are primarily organized by discussion themes that may not be reflected in the workshop agenda.

Welcome and Recap of Day 1 – Brooke Smith, COMPASS; Bruce Lewenstein, Cornell University; Rick Borchelt, US Department of Energy [PDF] [Video]

SESSION 5 WHO IS PAYING FOR THIS?

The Changing Landscape of Funding for Science Communication – John Burris, Burroughs Wellcome Fund [Video]

Panel Discussion: Frictions and Momentum in Science Communication Funding

David Malakoff, Science Magazine (moderator); John Burris, Burroughs Wellcome Fund; Kei Koizumi, Office of Science and Technology Policy; Kai Lee, David and Lucile Packard Foundation (by phone); Dennis Schatz, National Science Foundation; Alan Slobodin, House Energy and Commerce Committee; Amanda Stanley, Wilburforce Foundation

  • Investing in science [Video]
  • Evaluation of science communication activities [Video]
  • Balanced viewpoints: neutral vs agenda-driven science communication [Video]
  • Audience discussion [Video]

SESSION 6 BUILDING SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURES FOR LIFE SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

Audience Engagement: Community Ideas as Building Blocks – Brooke Smith, COMPASS (facilitator) [Video]

Panel Discussion: Building Sustainable Infrastructures 

David Ewing Duncan, Freelance Health and Science Journalist (moderator); William Provine, DuPont; Amanda Stanley, Wilburforce Foundation;Erika Shugart, American Society of Microbiology;Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists

  • The Ideas Wall: Summary, Reflections, and Discussion of Major Themes [Video]
  • Audience Reactions to Audience Engagement Exercise [Video]
  • Looking Forward [Video]
  • Audience Discussion on Where Do We Go from Here? [Video]

Workshop Wrap-Up – Brooke Smith, COMPASS [PDF] [Video]