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March 23, 2015



Improve your communication: Spots still open for free National Science Foundation Workshop

By Pat Melgares

Online registration is still open for the nationally recognized workshop, "Science: Becoming the Messenger," being presented April 13-14 at Kansas State University by the National Science Foundation.

Register online for training that will help faculty, students and staff communicate complex research information to nonscience audiences. All sessions will be at the Kansas State University Alumni Center's main ballroom.

"We are pleased to provide this outstanding opportunity to the campus," said Karen Burg, vice president for research. "Effective communication of complex research, scholarly and creative activities, and discovery, or RSCAD, topics can be very difficult but is crucial to underscoring — both internal and external to the university — the importance of RSCAD to the state, nation and world."

On April 13, NSF presenters will provide practical tips on developing science messages that help to influence thinking, how to succeed in interviews, using PowerPoint presentations effectively, using social media for impact, and the basics of developing a great science video.

Due to time constraints, the workshop's second day, April 14, is invitation-only and limited to 30 Kansas State faculty and students. The focus of this day is one-on-one coaching and mock press conferences. You must be registered for the April 13 workshop in order to participate in the April 14 session.

To request a spot on April 14, please submit a half-page bio paragraph with relevant background, and a two- to three-sentence statement indicating why you are interested in this training. Send documents to orsp@ksu.edu with the subject line, "NSF Workshop." Your request must be received by Friday, April 3.

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