Breakouts - Session 1
Eyes on Earth Workshop: Dennis Dimick, who served for many years as National Geographic's environment editor, and National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson founded Eyes on Earth to ignite interest with visually compelling, scientifically based environmental photography. They will share with students lessons learned from their decades of experience creating powerful environmental storytelling — and challenge them to make a difference in our world with their photography.
DENNIS DIMICK, National Geographic Editor Emeritus
JIM RICHARDSON, National Geographic Photographer
The Power of Diversity in Moving the Planet Forward: To move the planet forward we need to improve efforts and public policies around diversity and inclusion, in particular in fields related to the hard sciences. How can we create systems, organizations and leadership opportunities that encourage more women and ethnic minorities to enter science-based fields, find their voice, or go into leadership positions? This panel will feature three champions of diversity and inclusion.
DR. FELECIA NAVE, Prairie View A&M, former Provost and current Director for Faculty Development & Engagement and Chemical Engineering Professor
DR. NORA SAVAGE, National Science Foundation, environmental engineer and program director
PAYTON HEAD, public speaker, campus inclusion consultant, and alum of University of Missouri
DR. JAMIE HESTEKIN, University of Arkansas, Diversity and Inclusion Core Team Leader (Moderator)
Escaping Your Bubble Without Losing Your Bearings: Preparing to Talk about Climate Change: We now live in social/media bubbles of our own choosing. As a result, we can be surprised, even stunned, when we try to talk about planetary issues like climate change with people outside our sphere. In this session, you will learn about the arguments most frequently offered for dismissing climate change, and you will learn some common-sense, storytelling techniques for countering them. These techniques may not enable you to persuade hardened cynics, but they may help you keep others, including yourself, from being persuaded by them.
MICHAEL SVOBODA, Assistant Professor of Writing, GW Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Sharing Science with Anyone and Everyone: Being able to tell a good story is a must in successful communication, scientific or otherwise. However, before you even think about what story to tell, you need to understand who you’re telling that story to. In this interactive presentation, participants will learn how to identify and connect with their audience, craft an effective message, and practice via roleplay with their peers.
SHANE HANLON, Sharing Science team at AGU
OLIVIA AMBROGIO, Sharing Science team at AGU