Journal Club: Wednesday, November 28

Social Media for Scientists: #Tweetyourscience

Social Media for Scientists: #Tweetyourscience 

 Wednesday November 14, 1:00-3:30pm

204 Loomis

Social media presence is increasingly important as one of the ways in which scientists can reach broader audiences. Whether you are a newbie on Twitter or a frequent user looking to increase your reach to different audiences, this workshop will have something for you. Students, postdocs, faculty, and staff are all welcome. Mike Firmand of the Graduate College will spend the first hour on the topic of creating an effective online presence, followed by a panel with peer scientists from campus who have garnered a strong Twitter following to share their experience. We will conclude with breakout activities to put to practice different aspects of Twitter engagement. Attendance is free but please register so that we can plan for refreshments.

Please register here by November 12 if possible:  https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/5201052

This event is a joint effort between the Illinois MRSEC, Beckman Institute’s 21st Century Scientists, and the Graduate College.

21 Sci Workshop: The Gift of Conflict: Conflict Engagement Inside (and Outside) the Lab

The Gift of ConflictConflict engagement inside (and outside) the lab
Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D., Univ. of Illinois
April 20, 2018, 1-2:50pm, Room 2269 Beckman Institute

Sponsored by the 21st Century Scientists Initiative at Beckman
Please note: this workshop will immediately follow Sandra Loh’s Lecture.

This workshop will create conditions for exploring:

  • the importance of walking towards conflict
  • strategies for moving from judgment to connection during challenging encounters
  • the ways to finding a win-win during conflicts and heated interactions
  • the underlying meaning of “hard to hear” messages
  • building containers for dialogue

About Restorative Justice and Restorative Circles:

Restorative Justice is a roughly 40-year international movement consisting of a variety of different restorative practices from all over the world, many of which have indigenous roots. While the specifics vary from practice to practice, at the heart, restorative practices provide an alternative (or additional) approach to the punitive systems that currently dominate most Western mainstream societies’ approach to crime and conflict. Rather than focusing on assigning blame and administering punishment, restorative practices typically bring together the parties involved and impacted by what happened for the purpose of mutual understanding (of what happened and the harm that occurred) and working together to fix the harm and, if appropriate, restore the relationships. Restorative Circles are a specific restorative practice developed in the favelas of Brazil by Dominic Barter and his associates.

About Mikhail Lyubansky:

Mikhail is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois. His work is broadly focused on conflict and restorative responses to conflict in a variety of different contexts, including schools, organizations, and intentional communities. As part of Conflict 180 (co-founded with Elaine Shpungin), he supports schools, organizations, and workplaces in developing restorative strategies for engaging conflict, building conflict facilitation skills and evaluating the outcomes associated with restorative responses.

Logistics:  The workshop will be April 20th 2018 from 1-3pm at the Beckman Institute, room 2269.  Contact Kate Clancy kclancy@illinois.edu with any questions or to share accommodation needs.

Journal Club, Monday, 3/12

Journal Club Monday, November 13!

Tackling the Science Communication Certificate program

So you’re psyched to get your Certificate in Science Communication. Where to begin?

The best place to start is a careful reading of the requirements. Then download the application. The application is a PDF document that contains all the requirements and can be edited as you complete them, and this (with attachments) is what you’ll submit when you’re done.

Next, consider your time frame. When do you hope to complete the certificate? It was designed for comfortable completion within a year, but you may take longer (if you have a lot on your plate) or shorter (if you’re about to graduate). We recommend making a plan for when you will complete each part of the certificate based on your own time frame. Note that the timing of some parts of the certificate aren’t under your direct control, for example, when you will lead a journal club, or when there will be workshops that you can attend. (The annual 21st Century Scientists Workshop, held every April, is a required part of the certificate.) You may want to leave extra time for these so you don’t find yourself unable to finish in time if they are difficult to schedule.

As part of your plan, we suggest you think not just when you will complete each requirement, but how. Who will you read/listen to/watch as a professional science communicator? What science communication project will you do yourself? Think about what you really enjoy, what you may already have done that you can either get credit for or expand on, and what skills might be useful in your future career.

We are happy to look over your plan, and in fact encourage you to check in with us. Our requirements are intentionally non-specific to allow a wide range of ways to complete them. However, we don’t want you to be surprised at the last minute if the project you chose turns out not to be appropriate. So check with us! We strongly encourage you to join 21sci on slack as you move through the certificate process, and this is a great place to check in. Join slack with your illinois.edu address and you’ll be allowed in. Then post to the #grad-certificate channel – you can either post your question, or note that you are looking for someone to talk to more privately, either on slack or in person. If you’re just looking for ideas and aren’t ready to make your plan yet, we’re happy to help with that, too.

Finally, come to 21sci meetings! (The meeting time is posted on the right sidebar of this site.) These are a great way to get to know other people with similar interests and to stay on top of what’s happening on campus in terms of science communication opportunities.