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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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Broader Impacts Consulting & Collaboration

SciComm Support Drop-In

Via zoom. Details here. Weekly, free consultations. Open to all career stages, including faculty, staff, postdocs, and students. You can get advice, brainstorm, and find collaborators for topics including (but not limited to): Broader Impacts, communicating with journalists, connecting with school groups, designing figures & infographics, poster and slide design, public-oriented science writing, graphic design tips, annd more! We're also happy to be a sounding board for your great ideas.


Broader Impacts Consulting & Collaborations

Looking for ideas, collaborators, domain expertise, etc.?

Members of the WySCI board are available to consult and collaborate with you to develop Broader Impacts proposals, identify mechanisms for implementing them, etc. We are available to serve as Co-PIs, senior personnel, collaborators, and mentors. See below for specific areas of expertise we offer.

Don't see what you're looking for?

Contact WySCI director, Bethann Garramon Merkle, at wysci@uwyo.edu for recommendations on folks within and beyond WySCI who may have the expertise you're looking for.


What are Broader Impacts?

As defined by NSF, broader impacts are the potential of scientific research to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.

These include, but are not limited to:

-Full participation of women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in STEM
-Improved STEM education and educator development at any level
-Increased public scientific literacy and public engagement with science and technology
-Improved well-being of individuals in society
-Development of a diverse, globally competitive STEM workforce
-Increased partnerships between academia, industry, and others
-Improved national security
-Increased economic competitiveness of the United States
-Enhanced infrastructure for research and education ​

See this resource from the National Alliance of Broader Impacts to get you started.


WySCI Team Expertise

This list includes a wide range of specific aspects of broader impacts that WySCI affiliates are willing to collaborate and consult on. For details, or advice regarding topics not on this list, contact WySCI director, Bethann Garramon Merkle, at wysci@uwyo.edu. We're happy to provide recommendations on folks within and beyond WySCI who may have the expertise you're looking for.

  • Art-science integration (including drawing, multi-media, and transdisciplinary approaches)
  • Broader impacts assessment
  • Collaborative communication
  • Creative writing
  • Facilitation (e.g., conflict mediation, program facilitation, etc.)
  • Field courses (e.g. REUs, etc.)
  • Grant writing
  • Humanities approaches
  • Journalism (including journalism research)
  • Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in STEM
  • K-12 education
  • Mass media and society
  • Program design/implementation
  • Public health + science engagement
  • Science writing
  • Social science research and methods
  • Storytelling
  • Transdisciplinary approaches
  • Video production
Contact Us

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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