Science Cafe Course: An Innovative Means of Improving Communication Skills of Undergraduate Biology Majors
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To help bridge the increasing gap between scientists and the public, we developed an innovative two-semester course called Science Cafe. In this course, undergraduate biology majors learn to develop communication skills to be better able to explain science concepts and current developments in science to non-scientists. Students develop and host outreach events on various topics relevant to the community, thereby increasing interactions between budding scientists and the public. Such a Science Cafe course emphasizes development of science communication skills early, at the undergraduate level, and empowers students to use their science knowledge in everyday interactions with the public to increase science literacy, get involved in the local community and engage the public in a dialogue on various pressing science issues. We believe that undergraduate science majors can be great ambassadors for science and are often overlooked since many aspire to go on to medical/veterinary/pharmacy schools. However, science communication skills are especially important for these types of students because when they become healthcare professionals, they will interact with the public as part of their everyday jobs and can thus be great representatives for the field.
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Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
Goldina, Anna and Weeks, Ophelia I., "Science Cafe Course: An Innovative Means of Improving Communication Skills of Undergraduate Biology Majors" (2014). All Faculty. 50.
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