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WY Science Communication Initiative

Dept of Zoology & Physiology (3166)

Bethann Garramon Merkle, Director

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Email: wysci@uwyo.edu

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What is WySCI?

 

WySCI: 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.

 

WySCI Partners

WySCI partners include representatives from fourteen units on campus: Biodiversity Institute, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Communication & Journalism Department, Department of Zoology & Physiology, 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. 

 

Leveraging WYSCI to Meet Major University Goals

WySCI could lead or co-facilitate the development of a campus-wide plan for identifying and tapping into the extensive science communication and public science expertise at UW. Such a plan would, ultimately, leverage WySCI and campus-wide expertise to launch and assess comprehensive science communication training and scholarship which elevates UW's research status, enhances private- and public-sector fundraising efforts, and meaningfully connects the people of Wyoming to the world-class science research conducted by UW.

 

WySCI + Grand Challenges 

WySCI is uniquely positioned to contribute meaningfully to the pursuit of the Grand Challenges initiative and the transformation of the AMK/Teton Campus. Currently, WySCI’s advisory board comprises representatives of 17 units on campus, ranging through the STEM disciplines and including arts, humanities, and social sciences. The WySCI advisory board launched WySCI as a grassroots, faculty- and staff-driven initiative to enhance the UW community’s capacity to effectively share science with the state and the world.

With no dedicated budget and primarily volunteer work, we have already offered training to over 300 UW faculty, staff, and students (all degree levels) since 2017. We have done so by facilitating over 20 trainings and at least 9 credit-bearing courses involving all the major disciplines on campus. As such, WySCI is already a multi-year example of exactly the cross-disciplinary innovation and investment that we hope will be generated through the Grand Challenges initiative. We have done this work, to date, with no committed funding apart from a limited percentage of the director’s job description allocated to WySCI in 2019. With more dedicated investment, WySCI could become a powerful asset to the university's vision for Grand Challenges and beyond.

 

Meet the WySCI Staff & Board

Follow this link to meet the individuals who founded, govern, and make WySCI happen.

 

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. Today, we are a 17-unit effort, campuswide, which works to support, create, and value the following:

TRAINING
RESEARCH
CULTURE
10+ semester-long courses (2017-2021) Leadership in Science of SciComm on and beyond campus Enhance internal (UW) awareness & valuation of SciComm and Broader Impacts
22 trainings (2018-2020; others canceled due to pandemic; trainings will resume after pandemic) Enhanced grant writing and Broader Impacts efforts Build campus community & capacity
300+ participants UW-led research on SciComm & Broader Impacts Awards & Fellowships
Weekly resources newsletter Campus-wide surveys T&P credit (for all employee types)
SciComm certification (will launch in 2021) Course-based surveys Growth towards peer model institutions

 

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WY Science Communication Initiative

Dept of Zoology & Physiology (3166)

Bethann Garramon Merkle, Director

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Email: wysci@uwyo.edu

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