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Dope Labs Science Communication Week at Penn State

The topic-specific workshops were designed to introduce early-career faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to the broader science communication community and teach them to use social media, storytelling, and a web presence to network with other scientists and engage with diverse audiences. The event was run by Dope Labs Podcast creators and hosts Zakiya Whatley and Titi Shodiya and sponsored by the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute with support from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences; the EMS Energy Institute; and the college’s Department of Geosciences, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. All sessions were recorded and video will be made available to all Penn State scholars from February 15 – March 1, 2022

Dope Labs Science Communication Week took place February 7 - 10, 2022 via Zoom

Anyone with a Penn State email address has a second chance to catch the sessions they may have missed. All five sessions were recorded, and the recordings are available for all Penn Staters to watch through March 1.

 You can find the recordings here: 

Overview of sessions:

Broad Interest Session (BI)
Monday, February 7, 12 – 1 PM: Why science communication; Speaking to broad audiences

Workshop: Joining the Science Communication Community (W1)
Monday, February 7, 2:30 – 4 PM: The science communication landscape (formats and styles) and communities

Workshop: Leveraging Social Media (W2)
Tuesday, February 8, 2:30 – 4 PM: Platforms and thought leaders; Communication styles; How to engage

Workshop: Storytelling (W3)
Wednesday, February 9, 2:30 – 4 PM: Repurposing your work; Backwards design your talk; Examples and starters

Workshop (Intermediate Level): Make It Happen! (W4)
Thursday, February 10, 2:30 – 4 PM: Content starter kit; Twitter and LinkedIn as living CVs; Creating a landing page