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Public Policy and Science Outreach

How to Incorporate Science Outreach into Your Portfolio – Best Practices and Broader Impacts
Sponsored by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee

         Saturday, March 28, 9 AM
         Room 252B

This session will serve as an to showcase past grant recipients from the ASBMB HOPES and Outreach Seed Grant programs, and to promote upcoming ASBMB funding opportunities. The session will also provide insight into the National Science Foundation’s Broader Impacts requirement.

Science Outreach Poster Session
Sponsored by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee

Saturday, March 28, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, during the ASBMB Opening Reception
Third level foyer
Submit your Science Outreach activity and Undergraduate Affiliate Network (UAN) Chapter activity posters now!  Learn how.

Who SHOULD be Funding Biomedical Research?
Sponsored by the ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Room 253A

As federal funding becomes more competitive, more and more investigators are pursuing alternative funding sources for their research. Some of those sources have been long established, like private foundations and disease-specific charities. But emerging opportunities, such as crowd-funding, industrial partnerships and wealthy individuals, are gaining attention. Join the ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee as we discuss the benefits and pitfalls of various sources of funding to conduct research.

Improv for STEM Professionals: Creating Engaging Conversations
Sponsored by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee

Monday, March 30, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Room 253B
Chair: Raquell Holmes, founder of improvscience

Join us for this unique session that’s guaranteed to get you up and out of your seat!  Core to science communication is the ability to be attentive to an audience, to let the audience's physical and audible responses inform how the talk is given. Yet the skills that make this possible (deep listening, flexibility, and spontaneous responses) are learned through practice that is rarely part of our scientific training. More than knowing what to do, scientists need opportunities to experience and practice what to do.

In this workshop attendees will participate in improvisational theater exercises that stretch the communication muscles needed to give engaging professional talks or participate in outreach activities. improvScienceTM founder Raquell Holmes will lead session participants through a series of experiential, highly interactive exercises that will help to develop people's skills in listening and creating rapport with an audience.

Activities include:
•    “Recruiters delight,” in which participants practice speaking with others about their work and interests through performed interview and introduction 
•    Collaborative storytelling exercises
•    Workshop debriefing to assess outcomes and identify next steps

improvscience presents LIvE: The Living Improv Experiment
Sponsored by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee

             Monday, March 30, 6:30 PM
             Ned Devine's Irish Pub, 1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market Building

What does improv offer science? Come find out by taking part in “LIvE: A Living Improv Experiment,” a public event sponsored by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee.

Scientists and STEM professionals are beginning to experiment with theater-based improvisational methods to improve communication in their outreach, research and management practices. At this unique interactive event, improvscienceTM founder Dr. Raquell Holmes will lead participants through an exploration of this approach. Through a combination of dialogue, interaction and performance, scientists and non-scientists alike will take part in informative, experiential activities that will allow them to decide for themselves just how effective improv can be for communicating.

At LIvE, the living improvisational experiment in scientific culture takes center stage. Join us!

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