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News: DBBS Grad Student Eric Hamilton Places 3rd in NSF Graduate Education Challenge

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DBBS Grad Student Eric Hamilton Places 3rd in NSF Graduate Education Challenge

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6/14/2013 12:00 AM

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Congrats Eric!! ​

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  • Team/Name: Eric Hamilton and Melanie Bauer

  • Title: Communicating Science to the Public: A New Graduate Course and Practicum
  • University: Washington University in St. Louis
  • Field of Study: Plant Biology (Eric) & Psychology (Melanie)
  • Bio: We are both graduate students at Washington University in St. Louis with experience doing science outreach. Melanie Bauer, a 3rd-year graduate student in psychology, has presented science to the public through participation in science outreach and science journalism. Eric Hamilton, a 1st-year plant biology graduate student, is working to establish a strong relationship between area plant biologists and community gardeners.
  • Entry Summary: We scientists try and often fail to communicate our research to the general public. To address this issue, we propose a graduate level course to train students to translate the jargon of their fields and communicate a message that is interesting and relevant for the general public. We also propose a practicum component for this course in which students would practice their science communication skills with local, regional, and national audiences.

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