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Lunch & Learn | Communicating Research Effectively

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Join the Graduate School and Dr. Christine O'Connell, a renowned research communication expert, for a presentation on effective research communication.

Effective communication is necessary for fostering ongoing conversations between academics, policymakers, and the general public. The ability to communicate clearly and vividly can also help with securing funding, collaborating across disciplines, and strengthening research. The challenge is for academics to establish a connection with their audience and be clear and engaging without oversimplifying. This interactive presentation suggests tools and examples to help researchers communicate in ways that resonate with people outside of their field about what they do and why it matters. We will cover general principles on how to craft clear and conversational statements, and engage with your audience.

All graduate students are invited to attend and lunch will be provided. Please help us to be better prepared by RSVP'ing in advance. Sign up today at

About the Speaker:

Christine O’Connell, Ph.D., is an expert in the field of science communication, policy and engagement. She provides strategic direction to grow non-profit and academic organizations, research initiatives, and environmental and community campaigns. She was the founding Associate Director at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University where she helped create and build the Center and its curriculum to international acclaim. She led the growth of many of the Alda Center’s flagship programs and under her direction the Alda Center’s workshop program trained thousands of scientists worldwide to be more effective communicators. She received her B.S. from Cornell University, and Ph.D. in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. She currently teaches and builds research and curriculum initiatives at the Alda Center and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Her research focuses on best practices in science communication, environmental communication, science policy, and women in STEM.

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