Every summer, Dr. Hampson teaches a course on “Communicating Science” in the Wake Forest School of Graduate Arts and Sciences, Biomedical Graduate Program. The course emphasizes effective outreach and public education by encouraging students to present their work in social media-compatible venues for public audiences. The students practice interviews, “sound-bites,” summaries, and prepare 5-7 minute talks on their research – which they then present to a non-scientist audience. In past years, they have presented at the Con-Gregate Science Fiction convention in High Point, NC. This year (2020) with strictly “virtual gatherings,” they presented in a Facebook Live event sponsored by Baen Books.
The course also involves writing about their science on multiple levels – from the technical detail required by an NIH grant proposal, to the lay summary attached to public disclosures and complaince documents. The students also write a Blog Post for social media, and hear guest lectures and interviews with individuals who write, work with, or encourage the communication of science to the public.This page and the following pages will highlight the 2020 guest interviews and student public talks. Below you will find Dr. Hampson’s tips for effectively communicating science.