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WySCI: University of Wyoming Science Communication Initiative


WySCI: University of Wyoming Science Communication Initiative

WySCI is a grassroots, campus-wide initiative which envisions a campus community that values, supports, and creates effective science communication and engagement.


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WySCI Partners

WySCI partners include representatives from thirteen units on campus: Biodiversity Institute, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Communication & Journalism Department, Department of Visual and Literary Arts, Ecosystem Science and Management Department, Graduate Student Network, Haub School of the Environment and Natural Resources and the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, University of Wyoming Extension, Wyoming NSF EPSCoR, Wyoming Migration Initiative, and Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium.


Spring 2018 trainings offered

  • a “STEAM café” series
  • a Demystifying the Media three-part workshop
  • training undergraduate students who presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium to create “Engaging Public Science Presentations” and “Rethinking Research Poster Design”


Science Communication Courses offered by WySCI partners during the 2017-2018 academic year

  • ZOO 5890-4, The Art of Science Communication, a 3-credit graduate seminar during the fall 2017 semester
  • COJO 4210, Special Topics in Communication: Media, Science & Society, a 3-credit undergraduate/graduate class during the spring 2018 semester
  • AS 2100, Scientific Communication, a 3-credit COM 2 undergraduate course during the spring 2018 semester


UWyo Science Communication and Engagement Survey

This spring, we conducted a campus-wide survey to quantify existing attitudes, motives, and activities related to current and desired public communication and outreach among research faculty, staff, postdocs, and students at the University of Wyoming. This survey has been deemed IRB-exempt by the university’s review board. We are currently analyzing the data.


WySCI History

We were founded in summer 2017, as a result of several Initiative members offering science communication courses and/or obtaining grant funding which supports our work (including developing a network such as WySCI, offering graduate courses in science communication for public audiences, visiting science communication centers at universities throughout the country, hosting science communication trainings, etc.).


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