Communicating Chemistry

  • September 7, 2016 at 7:03 pm #591
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    A new session will be introduced at the October 2016 Teacher-Scholar symposium: Communicating Chemistry. The invited Teacher-Scholars are asked to produce a 2-3 minute video about their research and its potential importance, with much of the content to be aimed at non-scientists. At the symposium, noted videographers Gino Del Guercio and Stephen Lyons will select segments from these videos and present them with commentary. Note that these videos will also be posted on the Foundation website.

    Given the contemporary issues of broad importance that hinge upon chemistry, such as climate change, understanding molecular biological phenomena, purity of available water, etc., it is especially important that chemists do their part in ensuring public understanding. Indeed much of chemistry research is based on public support. The Mystery of Matter (http://www.pbs.org/program/mystery-matter/), which recently aired nationally on PBS, is a rare example of chemistry being successfully presented to a broader audience. Your comments regarding effectively communicating to the public about the contemporary issues related to chemistry are most welcome here.

  • September 29, 2016 at 4:38 pm #611
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    The ~40 Teacher-Scholar videos that have been produced are now online at http://www.dreyfus.org/symposia/2016TSSvideo.shtml

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