What role can philosophy play in science communication? In an interview with PhilSciComm, Angela Potochnik and Melissa Jacquart discuss the benefits and challenges of philosophers engaging in science communication, as well as describe the Center’s upcoming workshop.
On Friday, January 22, Dr. Melissa Jacquart, an Assistant Professor in the University of Cincinnati’s Philosophy Department and Associate Director of the UC Center for Public Engagement with Science, will be presenting a poster as a part of the Philosophy of Science Association’s 2020/2021 Virtual Poster Forum.
Dr. Jacquart will be presenting a poster titled “Roles for Philosophers of Science in Public Engagement with Science.” Her presentation is a part of the thematic section, “Outreach, Teaching, and Policy,” which begins at 1:00 p.m. EST. Each section will feature live breakout sessions s with the presenters. Other sections include:
The Workings of Science (12 p.m. EST)
Philosophy of Biology (12p.m. EST)
Social Science and Societies (1p.m. EST)
Models and Modelling (1 p.m. EST)
Physical Sciences (1 p.m. EST)
Values and Ethics in Science (2p.m. EST)
Cognitive Science, Neuroscience and Mind (2p.m. EST)
Causation and Explanation (2 p.m. EST)
The Poster Forum will continue the next two Fridays (Jan 29 and Feb 5). Visit the Philosophy of Science Association’s website for more details and the registration link.
Associate Director of the Center for Public Engagement with Science Dr. Melissa Jacquart presented a poster during the Public Engagement with Science conference (PEwS) this week. She discussed a NSF-funded workshop to be hosted by the Center for Public Engagement scheduled for May 2021. This three-day workshop will focus on the role of philosophers of science in science outreach, and will cover science communication, formal education, informal educations, and working with communities. It will also provide hands-on experience and training with each topic. The goal will also be to create a “beginners guide” to engaging the public with science.
The conference this week that Jacquart is participating in is being hosted by Michigan State University.
Click here to view a full version of Dr. Jacquart’s poster, as well as her explanation of the workshop.
Last week, Associate Director for the Center for Public Engagement with Science Dr. Melissa Jacquart was featured as a speaker for the professional development workshop “Data and Computation Science Series.” The last session in the series, this week’s theme was “Promoting your Research and Research Impact.”
To help other researchers increase the impact of their research, Melissa discussed strategies such as the use of social media and reaching out to various in-person venues. She emphasized treating outreach as a two-way discussion rather than a one-sided “pitch.” She also encouraged researchers to consider their own goals and their target audience prior to presenting it to the public. Finally, she informed her audience of the service and goals of the Center for Public Engagement with Science, including support for outreach activities, partnerships, and training.
University of Cincinnati affiliates can view her presentation here.