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WY Science Communication Initiative

Dept of Zoology & Physiology (3166)

Bethann Garramon Merkle, Director

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071


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Stay up to date by subscribing to our weekly email featuring updates on trainings, events, opportunities, and resources. Scroll to bottom for list of WySCI-sponsored events. In the calendar, WySCI events are marked with an asterisk (*).


OEO Discussion on STEM
& Outreach at UWyo

June 6 | 3:00 PM | Classroom Building, room 215

In Fall 2018, the Office of Engagement and Outreach invited the UWyo STEM community to participate in a STEM Engagement and Outreach Project survey. OEO is now hosting an informal discussion on 1) the inventory and related report and 2) next steps for STEM outreach and engagement. Please feel free to spread this invitation widely.  If you can’t make the session, OEO would be happy to visit at a different time. Contact OEO/Jean Harrison for more details.


This calendar features science communication-related events hosted by WySCI, WySCI partners, and others. Events include sessions which would likely be of interest to those doing, studying, and/or interested in learning about science communication and public engagement with science.

If you know of an event relating to science communication and public engagement (including trainings, research of scicomm, and sharing science), please let us know.

WySCI Events - 2018-2019

The following events are organized or co-sponsored by WySCI and its members. All are listed in the calendar above, indicated with an asterisk (*) at the beginning of the event title.

Spring 2019



Telling the Story of Your Science: Brief Talk & Discussion with Dr. Kika Tuff of Impact Media Lab

Zoology & Physiology Brown Bag seminar
Monday, May 13 | noon | Berry Center Auditorium

Dr. Kika Tuff, founder and creative designer of Impact Media Lab, will give a brief talk and then lead a discussion about how story and science come together. She will focus on how science is what drives the data, and how to build a story into writing a paper, giving a talk, sharing science with colleagues and beyond. Join us for pizza and a workshop/conversation about how to tell better stories about your work.

Dr. Tuff earned her PhD in ecology in 2016 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. At Impact Media Lab, Kika helps scientists and science organizations find the compelling stories in their research and develops media campaigns to share those stories with the world. As she points out, "Better storytelling helps scientists have more successful careers (write better papers, build better grant proposals, get noticed for new opportunities). It turns out that better storytelling is better for your science, your career, and our society."

Co-sponsored by Impact Media Lab, the University of Wyoming Science Communication Initiative, and the Department of Zoology & Physiology.

Science "Story Time" at the Library

Thursday, February 28, 5:30-7:30 PM at Albany County Public Library | Laramie, WY (map)

Last year, talks featured botany, biology, microbiology, censorship in Spain, and astronomy. This year will again feature a wide range of topics, with these short (less than 7 minutes each) talks tailored to a broad audience. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the UWyo Graduate Student Network and WySCI.

Panel: Federal shutdowns, Science, and You: Implications and Opportunities to Influence the Outcomes

Date/Location TBA

Hear from, and discuss with, a recent, former NSF program officer, a UWyo law professor, and additional panelists about financial, political, legal, and ethical aspects of federal shutdowns, and how you, as a scientist and citizen, can engage in this aspect of the government. Planning for this panel is in progress; we anticipate hosting the panel during the first week or two of the spring 2019 semester. Details TBA.

Sharing Science: A Panel on the Social and Ethical Implications of the Science-Policy Interface

April 11 | 1:30-2:30 PM | UW Union Ballroom | Free | Hosted by WySCI as part of the 2019 Shepard Symposium on Social Justice (April 10-13)

Panelists discuss how scientists have subject-matter expertise crucial to the intersection of social justice and environmental issues and inclusion and equity in STEM. But, often, scientists aren’t trained to appropriately engage with equity issues, and scientific knowledge isn’t appropriately incorporated into society. Panelists will share their experiences and recommend ways of rectifying this disconnect.

Panelists are:

  • Judith Antell, retired director of the UWyo High Plains American Indian Research Institute and founding director of the UWyo Native American Studies Program;

  • Saeideh Esmaeili, a PhD student studying onagers, an endangered ungulate in Iran;

  • Jimena Golcher-Benavides, a PhD student studying fish in Lake Tanganyika, East Africa;

  • Christine Porter, Wyoming Excellence Chair in Community and Public Health;

  • Moderator: Bethann Garramon Merkle, WySCI director.

Fall 2018

Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop

FREE | October 15, 2018 | 10 AM - noon | BP Collaboration Center in the Energy Innovation Center (map, flyer) | Details/RSVP: 766-3621,

NOT a WySCI event, but we heartily recommend it. The workshop is open to UW faculty and staff members, students and postdoctoral researchers. Attendees can join any or all of the sessions. The workshop schedule is as follows:

10-10:30 a.m. -- “Best Practices for Data Management.”
10:30-11 a.m. -- “Responsible Authorship.”
11-11:30 a.m. -- “Avoiding Research Misconduct.”
11:30 a.m.-noon -- “Science Communication.”

SciComm Support Drop-In

Effective 9/10/2018 | Mondays and Thursdays | 12-1 PM | 425 Wyo Hall (EPSCoR conference room). FREE CONSULTATIONS open to all, including faculty, staff, and students.

The drop-in is staffed by experienced, professional science communicators from across campus and across disciplines.

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.

STEM Speed Mentoring

FREE | October 25, 2018

Open to undergraduates

The event is geared towards undergraduate students with the goal of connecting students with STEM professionals who can give insights into careers in STEM, what types of skills/education you might need, what advice you would give to your younger self, etc.

Begin with snacks and a quick introduction, followed by a one hour speed mentoring session.  Over the course of one hour, small student groups will engage in 5 speed mentoring sessions (~10 minutes each) – rotating between mentors. 

The speed mentoring sessions will be followed by a dinner and keynote talk (possibly Governor Mead!). Contact or for registration details or to volunteer as a mentor.

Event sponsored and organized by the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, in conjunction with the Science Initiative, the Wyoming-NASA Space Grant Consortium, the College of Engineering and Applied Science's K-14 Outreach Program, and WySCI.

Sharing Your Science: A Panel on the Professional Implications of Engaging with Policymakers

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 | noon-1 pm | Coe Library, room 506 or connect via Zoom

Free | Light refreshments provided by the Science Initiative.

This panel is an opportunity to ask questions and have a discussion with several UWyo representatives and employees. Topics include the professional implications of engaging with policy makers, sharing your expertise in policy settings, what is allowed as a State of Wyoming employee, and more. Panelists: Shannon Pipes (UWyo Office of the General Counsel); Carolyn Broccardo (Director, Research Integrity & Compliance, Office of Research & Economic Development); Meredith Asay (Interim Director, Office of Government Relations); Nicole Korfanta (Director, Ruckelshaus Institute); Donal O'Toole (Chair, Faculty Senate; Dept. of Veterinary Sciences). Moderator: Bethann Garramon Merkle (WySCI; Wyoming Migration Initiative, Dept. of Zoology & Physiology) Event co-sponsors: Wyoming Science Communication Initiative; Science Initiative; Research Integrity & Compliance-Office of Research & Economic Development.

Photo 101: Tips for Photographing Lab-based Research

FREE | Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 | noon-1 pm | Ag 30

This one-hour workshop will introduce you to tips and techniques you can use to photograph your lab-based research, including yourself and your research team, your research methods and setting, and more. Topics will include getting the most out of your phone, cheap-to-free lighting fixes, developing a shot list, and using photos on social media. You are welcome to bring whatever photography equipment you are most likely to use again/for the purposes of photographing your lab-based research. This workshop is led by David Keto of UW Extension, along with Teddi Freedman (College of Engineering) and Bethann Garramon Merkle (Wyoming Migration Initiative, WySCI). Lunch will be provided by the College of Engineering's K-14 Project. Register here - limited to 25 participants. Contact with questions. 

Resume Roundtable

FREE | Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 | noon-1 pm | Union Family Room

Women in Math, Science and Engineering (WiMSE) hosts their last WiMSE lunch of the semester. At this Resume Roundtable, you'll receive a presentation on the difference between a resume and a CV. Then, you'll break out into small groups, and several experts in resume and CV writing, as well as writing cover letters, will be available to assist you.

Please bring a resume, CV, or cover letter if you would like advice on how to improve your materials. We will also talk about how to develop a resume, CV, or cover letter if you are just starting out.

Event is hosted by (and lunch provided by) the McNair Scholars Program. 

Paid Science Journalism Fellowships in Wyoming

Summer 2019 | Applications due December 1, 2018

Internship: Accepted interns will work 12 weeks in the summer of 2019, likely between 20 and 32 hours a week (possibility to work 40 hours a week under special circumstances). Internship director, Dr. Kristen Landreville, will work with accepted interns to identify a specific Wyoming media outlet for the full internship period. Compensation: $12.50 per hour, plus travel stipend ($225-$360).

Qualifications: Selected interns should be familiar with reporting, newswriting, and AP Style.We prefer applicants who have experience with newswriting, reporting, and editing, and applicants who have taken the Media, Science, and Society class (COJO 4230).

Apply: email the following to Dr. Kristen Landreville at by Sat. Dec. 1, 2018: 1) a resume, 2) completed application form, and 3) a cover letter that includes an explanation about why you’re interested in the science journalism internship. If you have any questions, please email internship director, Dr. Kristen Landreville at; Communications and Journalism Department.

Q&A with 4 AAAS Mass Media Fellows re applying for and doing a AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

FREE* | Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 | 11 am-noon | Berry Center-room 227 or join via Zoom

This moderated Q&A will feature four past AAAS Mass Media fellows: Amanda Grennell, Joan Meiners, Katherine Wu, and Yen Duong. They will not be presenting; rather, they will respond to your questions about applying for and doing a AAAS Mass Media fellowship. This session will be held via Zoom and in-person at the University of Wyoming. This is not a AAAS-organized session.

*Participation is free, but it is expected that you will have reviewed the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship application materials and will come with questions for the fellows.



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WY Science Communication Initiative

Dept of Zoology & Physiology (3166)

Bethann Garramon Merkle, Director

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071


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