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Graduate minor in communicating science begins fall 2017

February 24, 2017

The Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and the IU School of Medicine, with support from the School of Science at IUPUI, have announced an innovative graduate minor in communicating science.

The minor is designed for future scientists, including researchers and practitioners, who find themselves increasingly responsible for public speaking and writing. The first courses in the minor will be offered in the fall semester of 2017.

Scientists and health professionals today need to connect to and to engage with the lay public, policymakers, funders, students and professionals from other disciplines. As a result, they find the need to tailor their communication for a variety of audiences. The program will increase students’ career prospects, help them secure funding and help them serve as effective teachers.

“The courses will offer more than public speaking and writing tips,” says Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, assistant professor of communication studies in the School of Liberal Arts and assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development in the School of Medicine. “Scientists will learn to improvise messages; to tell relevant stories; and to connect effectively with students, collaborators and funders.”

The minor emerged from Hoffmann-Longtin’s role as the IUPUI campus liaison for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. A grant from the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning supported the development of new courses. More information about the minor is available online.