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‘Career Options: Science Journalism’

Event: AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Panel

Oct. 16, 2020—Join alumni of the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship for a panel on their experiences being a fellow as well as applying to the program. (More details on the Fellowship and how to apply are here.) Thursday, November 5 1:00pm Zoom registration required   Panelists Lorena Infante Lara, PhD Lorena Infante Lara, PhD, was a graduate...

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AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship 2021 Application is Available

Oct. 7, 2020—AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship Providing career exploration for over 40 years. AAAS works every day to increase public understanding of science and technology and to enhance communication among scientists, engineers, and the public. Through the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows program, AAAS aims to strengthen the community of scientists who are...

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Early-Career Science Journalism Fellowship opportunity

Sep. 15, 2020—Open Notebook is partnering with the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to support eight-month, part-time fellowships for early-career science writers. Fellows will report and write six articles for the Open Notebook, participate in a professional discussion group, and receive a stipend of $4,200. Applications are due October 25.The next TON/BWF fellowship period will begin on January 4,...

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New ASPIRE Module!! SciComm for All, led by Abby Olena, PhD

Jul. 30, 2020—Successful science communication is at the core of just about everything in science. This module—essentially an eight-part workshop—will give trainees in the sciences greater skill, ease, and confidence in formal and informal science communication scenarios. Through a series of practical exercises, participants will gain experience speaking to and writing for a variety of audiences and...

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How to Write an Op-ed , Nov 20th

Nov. 4, 2019—How to Write an Op-ed Wednesday, November 20, 2019 11:10 am – 12:45 pm Alumni Hall, Rm 201 Do you have an interesting opinion on a local, regional or national trending news topic? Are you interested in exploring new channels for sharing your thoughts, experiences and relevant research work with a wider audience? An Op-ed...

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Learn more about AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

Oct. 30, 2019—Learn more about AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship with the Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology. Increasing public understanding of science and technology is a principal goal of AAAS, so it only makes sense that it recognizes the need for scientists who are well versed in communicating complex ideas to a general...

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Campus Visit from Skype-a-Scientist founder

Oct. 24, 2019—Dr. Sarah McAnulty is a squid biologist and the founder of the Skype A Scientist program that matches scientists with classrooms around the world. Come by her talk to hear more about squids and effective science communication!

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Informal VU SciComm group just started!

Oct. 23, 2019—Grad students Cole Harris and Stephanie Castillo, postdoc Allison Whitten, and alumna/staff member Lorena Infante Lara have started an informal group on campus called VU Scicomm. The group is meant to be a community for all scientists on campus (any discipline) who are interested in some form of science communication or other, including but not...

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The Role of an Editor: A Career Path Talk Featuring Manuel Breuer, PhD

Sep. 26, 2019—Do any of the following apply to you? you have an interest in science communication/writing/editing you have always wondered what it was like to work for a science journal you career path is still undecided, but you would like to learn more about science communication you know what you want to do, it’s not related...

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 The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship now accepting applications

Sep. 18, 2019—We are now accepting applications for the next two rounds of The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship for early-career science writers. (See here for stories written by our previous fellows.) The Fellowship The next TON/BWF fellowship period will begin on January 2, 2020 and end on August 31, 2020. The subsequent fellowship period will begin on July 1, 2020 and end on...

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Coffee Chat with alumna Abby Olena, Ph.D.

Aug. 30, 2019—If you have ever considered a career in science writing and communication, we encourage you to come visit with alumna, Abby Olena, Ph.D., over coffee to hear about her career as a science communicator.  Abby completed her PhD in Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University in 2015. During her PhD training, she was awarded a coveted...

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ASPIRE Module: Biomedical Research and the Media, Fall 2019

Aug. 1, 2019—The ASPIRE Modules are short, non-credit bearing electives that broaden the training experiences of biomedical sciences trainees. These elective modules provide efficient exposure to topics in four theme areas: Business/ Entrepreneurship, Communication, Teaching, and Clinical research.The ASPIRE Modules are optional and open to any biomedical sciences PhD student or postdoctoral fellow who wishes to take them to supplement their research...

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Massive is currently waiving the registration fee!

May. 30, 2019—Massive is currently waiving the registration fee (“If you think a friend should join the consortium, tell them to use the code MEXIA to get free membership!”). It’s a great tool to improve your scicomm abilities (and get paid after your first 2 articles!) Register here: https://massivesci.com/consortium/

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Where to Find Science Communication Internships

Nov. 27, 2018—Looking for an internship in science communication and don’t know where to start? Erin Winick, Associate Editor Future of Work:MIT Tech Review was in the same boat and compiled a great resource to help.  Find opportunities in journalism, research and nonprofit organizations, and more. Check out her list here: https://code.likeagirl.io/where-to-find-science-communication-internships-53d7edea471e

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ASPIRE Module: Biomedical Research and Media, Fall 2018

Jul. 17, 2018—The ASPIRE Modules are short, non-credit bearing electives that broaden the training experiences of biomedical sciences trainees. These elective modules provide efficient exposure to topics in four theme areas: Business/Entrepreneurship, Communication, Teaching, and Clinical research.The ASPIRE Modules are optional and open to any biomedical sciences PhD student or postdoctoral fellow who wishes to take them to supplement their research training....

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Health Writer I, CommunicateHealth, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Apr. 5, 2018—Description: Health Writer I (1 Full-Time Position in Northampton, MA or Rockville, MD)   This is us CommunicateHealth is a mission-based consulting company that helps public and private sector organizations simplify health information. We design healthcare services, personal health tools, public health and emergency communications, and innovative interactive media. We employ a talented team of...

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The 2018 Communicating Science (ComSciCon) Workshop for graduate students is now accepting applications

Jan. 26, 2018—Applications are now open for ComSciCon 2018, the 6th annual Communicating Science workshop, to be held in Boston, MA on June 14-16th 2017. Graduate students at U.S. and Canadian institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics, and related fields are encouraged to apply.  The application will close on March 1st. Acceptance to...

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PhD Career Connections: Scientific Communications and Marketing

Jan. 4, 2018—  PhD Career Connections presents:  Scientific Communications and Marketing Thursday January 18th 2:30-3:30p Light Hall 214 featuring Melissa Vaught, PhD, Scientific Editor at Medical Science & Computing, LLC, (MSC) contracted to the National Institutes of Health.  ​Registration is requested Melissa Vaught, PhD, is scientific editor at Medical Science & Computing, LLC, (MSC) contracted to the National...

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Event: Engaging the Public with Social Media, presented by AAAS

Oct. 24, 2017—Seminar on Engaging the Public with Social Media, presented by AAAS Monday, November 6 4:30pm Student Life Center Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 Register here. This 1- hour seminar will provide guidance to scientists who wish to engage publics via social media. It is designed to build skills for public engagement via social media, confidence in...

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AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Informational Webinar November 7th

Oct. 18, 2017—Webinar: AAAS Mass Media Fellowship November 7th at 2:00 PM Eastern Time The webinar will provide an overview of the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship; the experience, the application process, and tips from application reviewers. The Fellowship Director will lead the informational discussion with 2017 Fellowship Alumni providing their insight.  The AAAS Mass...

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