About the Symposium

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West Virginia University hosted its inaugural symposium on science communication on April 5th, 2010, at the Mountainlair in downtown Morgantown, WV. The symposium was a day long event consisting of workshops, lectures, a poster session for student researchers, a citizen science event, and networking opportunities.

We are working to accommodate a variety of audiences, including (but not limited to) students, public school teachers, policy makers, members of the media, university faculty, and members of the board of education. Members of an audience listed above will find useful information about what sessions are particularly relevant to their interests. A comprehensive list of the day’s events can be found under the “Events” tab at the top of the page.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required for most events.

Symposium News

  • “Comparisons between climate change denial and creationism,” presented by National Center for Science Education’s policy directors and scientists Josh Rosenau and Steve Newton, will be hosted by the WVU Geography Department on Monday, April 4th, at 5:30 PM in Brooks Hall. No registration required.
  • Abstract submission for participation in poster session deadline extended to Friday, February 25th.
    • Call for Abstracts: Undergraduate and graduate students at WVU are invited to submit abstracts for the opportunity to participate in a poster session at the symposium.
    • High School and Middle School science classes from around the state are participating in workshops on critical thinking and pseudoscience presented by award-winning science podcast host Brian Dunning.

Keynote Speaker

Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshembaum will be discussing her book Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, which is also a lecture in the David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas series, on April 5, 2011, at 7:30 PM. This lecture does not require pre-registration.

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Read more...