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September 20, 2018

Save the date for Science Communication Week, Nov. 5-10

Submitted by Jennifer Tidball

Science Communication Week — created by Kansas State University and community partners — will explore food and science communication with numerous events from Monday, Nov. 5, to Saturday, Nov. 10. 

The week includes community events surrounding the book "The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats." The nonfiction account focuses on Kansas State University alumnus and Manhattan native David Fairchild, who was a late 19th-century food explorer who traveled the world. He was the son of Kansas State University president George Fairchild. 

"The Food Explorer" author Daniel Stone will give the keynote lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. The Manhattan Public Library and the Riley County Historical Museum have organized an exhibit and tour that highlights local connections to the food exploration in the novel. The activities will culminate with a panel discussion of the importance of Fairchild’s work in the U.S by Kansas State University faculty from many disciplines. 

Other highlights of the week include workshops with Jory Weintraub, the science communication director with the Duke Initiative for Science and Society and a senior lecturing fellow at Duke University; a roundtable discussion on communicating science through story and film, led by Rebecca Safran, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado; improv workshops; and discussions surrounding CRISPR. 

Science Communication Week is part of the Kansas Science Communication Initiative and will incorporate other events such as Research and the State, Science on Tap and family activities at the Nov. 10 Sunflower Showdown football game against the University of Kansas. 

The Kansas Science Communication Initiative, also known as KSCI, brings together Kansas State University and the community to engage people in talking about science and research. Community partners include the Sunset Zoo and the Flint Hills Discovery Center. 

More information about the 2018 Science Communication Week is available at k-state.edu/scicomm/events.

Additional information, including registration information, will be available in the next few weeks.

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