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ICTS supports week of programming to help investigators more effectively communicate their science to diverse audiences

In partnership with the Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine and to kick off Health Literacy Month, the ICTS supports #SciComm Week with a series of events to help researchers craft and disseminate stories about their science to any audience.

During the week of September 27- October 1, investigators participated in a variety of sessions including:

Melissa Marshall, Founder, Present Your Science: Participants learned the Assertion-Evidence slide design strategy to make more effective scientific presentation slides as well as strategies for putting this into practice.

Joyce Balls-Berry, Associate Professor of Neurology and Inaugural Lead, Health Disparities and Equity Core at the Knight ADRC: Dr. Balls-Berry led a discussion of her work with the All of Us Initiative and shared lessons from her research on determining the best approaches for inclusion of diverse populations in health research.

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science: Investigators participated in a two-hour live, workshop to help scientists and researchers engage and inspire diverse audiences through effective communication, with a particular focus on virtual interactions.

During #SciComm week, Becker Library and the Office of Health Information and Data Science also announced the launch of the Center for Health and Science Communication in order to support the Washington University School of Medicine campus community in these increasingly essential competencies. The new center was created in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Medical Education, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences based on the expressed desires of WashU clinicians and researchers, as well as larger medical sciences trends. Its mission will focus on education, skill-building and services to complement current science and health communication efforts on campus.

Learn more about #SciComm week.