GLOBES Communication Training

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A key goal of GLOBES Certificate training is to encourage and empower graduate students to capably and effectively share the results of their research with diverse audiences. 

GLOBES has developed short course, intensive training modules that focus on the learning and practice of communication skill techniques. Each module is geared to researchers in the sciences and engineering who seek to engage with people outside of their specialization and outside of the academy. It provides information about effective messaging techniques for use when speaking and writing about research with new audiences, policymakers, and media specialists.

GLOBES Module Reception

Sessions focus on a particular topic or skill set such as understanding your audience, answering the "so what" question, developing a narrative style, and the role of the expert witness. Program formats include presentations and panel discussions with outside experts as well as interactive workshops and mock interviews. The policy sections expose students to  information about science and technology policy (STP), the roles that scientists and engineers take on when engaging with policy issues, and career opportunities in STP.

The modules aim to improve speaking, writing, and networking skills needed to become successful communicators. These tools are effective on a range of audiences including policymakers, the media, general public, granting agencies, and other stakeholders.

Social media as a form of communication and social networking is also explored. Be sure to check out, a blog created by former GLOBES students who post recipes for eating invasive species while offering exposition and commentary on related topics such as species’ profiles, histories and cultural significance, harvesting tips, interviews with Invasivores-at-large, and summaries of relevant scientific research.


Faculty Resources

Jessica Baron, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Reilly Center

Anna Geltzer, Assist Director of Education, Reilly Center

Jennifer Tank, Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of Environmental Change Initiative

Gary Sieber, Adjunct Professor, Film, Television andTheatre; Co-Anchor WNDU Television

Student Communications Showcase

25 Days of Fishmas is a Twitter feed created by PhD biology student Katherine O'Reilly (@DrKatfish) to share her passion and raise awareness for Great Lakes fish species. Puns and fun images are tweeted daily over the course of the weeks before the Christmas holiday.

Tiny Vampires is a blog and podcast that promotes understanding of mosquito behavior and disease transmission. Developed by Raven Forrest Fruscalzo, a PhD student in Biological Sciences, each podcast attempts to answer a listener's question referencing a scientific paper and using language that non-scientists can easily understand. Raven records one episode per month and has attracted hundreds of Tiny Vampires subscribers. 

The Pieris Project is a citizen science initiative designed to study how organisms respond to changes in their environment, using the cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) as the study subject. Founded by Sean Ryan PhD '15, the project tracks the prolific butterfly's invasion of many parts of the world with the assistance of volunteer collectors or citizen scientists. The goal is to partner with the public to create the most comprehensive collection of a single species of butterfly that will act as a powerful tool for studying adaptation and change. The website, Facebook page, and online start-up financing were developed to recruit and educate a broad cadre of citizen scientists around the world. "Invasive Species On Your Mind and On Your Plate" is a website designed by a team of GLOBES-IGERT trainees in 2011 to raise awareness of the damage perpetrated by introduced organisms to native species and their habitat. At the center of the Invasivore approach are recipes proudly featuring invasive species along with exposition and commentary on related topics such as species’ profiles, histories and cultural significance, harvesting tips, interviews with Invasivores-at-large, and summaries of relevant scientific research.