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MIT Research Slam showcases postdoc and PhD communication skills

The 2nd Annual Research Slam featured three-minute talks on cutting-edge research from across MIT in an engaging public showcase and competition. Can you tell the story of a complex research project in only three minutes? Could a presentation emerge from extreme time compression transformed like a diamond from coal? The MIT Research Slam Public Showcase […]
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ARIS Announces 2022 Fellowship Award to Jacqueline Goldstein

The Center for Advancing Research Impacts in Society (ARIS) is pleased to announce Jacqueline Goldstein, MIT Communication Lab, is a fellowship award recipient. As ARIS Fellows, Goldstein and Dione Rossiter, Executive Director, Science, University of California Berkeley, will work together on their project: The Integration of Inclusive SciComm Principles and Practice into Research Impacts The […]
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Participate in MIT’s 2nd Annual Research Slam!

Looking to build your research communication skills? Excited to compete for hundreds of dollars in prizes? Participate in MIT’s 2nd Annual Research Slam and Three Minute Thesis (3MTTM) competition! Spread the word to friends and labmates! Perks of participating Hundreds of dollars in prizes! Winner gets $600. Runner-up gets $300. Audience-choice award of $300 We […]
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A Talk Outside the Tower: EECS Communication Lab in the news

Walking into MIT can feel like entering a foreign country—one with a number for every building and an unwieldy acronym for every organization. Deeper conversations are even more opaque, as fields and subfields command their own complex scientific argot. But if the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that bridging the gap between scientists […]
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When science doesn’t have all the answers

Demarcating science in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis By Maria Eugenia Inda, EECS Communication Fellow It matters enormously if I alienate anyone from the truth. — C. S. Lewis   In 2020, life was crushed by an invisible enemy that stopped everything… or rather, almost everything, since people’s fears, worries, and questions have only […]

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A Designer’s Perspective on Data Visualization

Strategies scientists can use when creating graphics for a broader audience By Craig McLean, Yerri Portillo, Tianna Rivera, Tui Calvette, and Christine Lopez Craig McLean is a Communication Fellow in the MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering Communication Lab. All of the authors are members of the Unofficial Committee: a collective of artists and scientists who […]
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Let’s not make it viral!

Help flatten the curve of misinformation As the numbers continue to rise in the evolving coronavirus pandemic, the amount of information is also increasing exponentially. News and speculation are spreading so fast that the normal mechanisms for releasing information supported by the scientific consensus may fail for a number of reasons: lack of reliable data, […]
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How to Be Clear When Nothing Else Is, Part II

Reading Responsibly During a Pandemic by Sarah Schwartz, Biological Engineering Communication Fellow Science communicators—and the general public—have professional and ethical responsibilities when writing or sharing information. That is especially true during stressful, high-stakes situations—for example, a pandemic. But communication is not one-sided; it relies upon engagement between the communicator and the audience. As readers, we […]
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How to Be Clear When Nothing Else Is

Communicating Science During a Pandemic by Sarah Schwartz, Biological Engineering Communication Fellow In the last month, coronavirus has rapidly rewritten the rules for how we engage with each other. Science communicators play a crucial role as they investigate, clarify and contextualize incoming data. Communicating complex concepts is a standard challenge that researchers, journalists, physicians, and […]

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