Register for free SciComm Exchange to gain confidence testifying before state & federal legislative committees
Who: Research staff, graduate students, and natural and social science faculty from Rhode Island colleges and universities
What: SciComm Exchange
When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015| 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch will be available at 11:45 a.m.)
Where: Roger Williams University, 1 Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI
How prepared are you to testify before a Congressional committee in Washington or to provide expert testimony at a public hearing on Smith Hill? Testifying is a rare and exciting opportunity to tell your story and promote your research in the process, but it can also be intimidating.
Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting’s SciComm Exchange will help Rhode Island researchers better understand what policy makers are looking for in scientific testimony. Two speakers experienced in working directly with lawmakers will provide tips on preparing and delivering remarks and answers to questions for this important audience.
SciComm Exchange Speakers:
- Amy Carroll, Ph.D., director of research and supportive services, Brown University. Carroll previously worked for Senator Susan Collins of Maine as an advisor on energy, environment, and science issues. She also served as staff director of the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Environment, Technology and Standards.
- Kelly Mahoney, executive director of external relations and communications, University of Rhode Island. Mahoney previously served as director of policy for former Governor Lincoln Chaffee, policy director for the Rhode Island Department of Administration, and deputy director of policy in the Rhode Island Senate.
The SciComm Exchange, supported by Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), is free and open to natural and social science faculty, research staff, and graduate students from colleges and universities throughout Rhode Island. Register here by Friday, April 10.
About RI NSF EPSCoR
Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR conducts groundbreaking research and develops academic talent in the science and technology fields to increase competitiveness in research and development, build a more capable workforce and fuel economic growth in the Ocean State. Funded by the National Science Foundation and state contributions, RI EPSCoR brings together nine of the state’s public and private institutions of higher education in pursuit of a strong and sustainable marine ecosystem that serves as a foundation for Rhode Island’s economy and quality of life. Its partner institutions are University of Rhode Island, Brown University, Bryant University, Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Providence College, Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University.
About Metcalf Institute
Metcalf Institute is an internationally recognized leader in providing environmental science training for journalists. The Institute also offers communication workshops for scientists, science resources for journalists and free public lectures on environmental topics. Metcalf Institute was established at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in 1997 with funding from three media foundations: the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, with additional support from the Telaka Foundation. Metcalf programming is underwritten by federal and foundation grants, as well as private donations managed by the University of Rhode Island Foundation.