Public Policy and Science Outreach

For a full list of outreach abstracts across our sessions during the 2015 annual meeting, click here.

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 showcase past grant recipients from the ASBMB HOPES and Outreach Seed Grant programs, and promote upcoming ASBMB funding opportunities. The session will also provide insight into the National Science Foundation’s Broader Impacts requirement. The full program for this event is here. Please register here if you plan to attend.

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

Please join us for the Science Outreach Poster Session during the ASBMB Opening Reception on March 28th. Held in the third level foyer of the convention center, this session will showcase a diverse range of outreach efforts across our membership. We encourage you to attend! More information can be found here.

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

         Sunday, March 29, 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.

Broader Impacts Workshops
Sponsored by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee

         Sunday, March 29 - Tuesday, March 31, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
         Outside Room 252

Learn how to craft successful NSF Broader Impacts statements at these intimate workshops. Our experienced mentors will work with you to make your application more competitive by providing valuable insight into what separates winning Broader Impacts statements from the rest. Come see how you can incorporate your existing program into a grant application, or get ideas on how to develop novel educational and outreach activities. To get the most out of this activity, please bring a working draft of your Broader Impacts statement.

 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 improvscienceTM

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:
•    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.”

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. These principles apply across all topics, not just in science, and so this event is open to the public! Please bring your friends and colleagues, whether they are STEM professionals or not.

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

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