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Engaged Scientist Series

Engaged Scientist Series

Event 3

Science is Culture:  Understanding Power & Privilege in Community-based Research

As communities increasingly grapple with problems of resiliency and environmental health and safety, scientists who are equipped to help are needed. The Engaged Scientist project is a series of free public talks and associated workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. These events aim to equip scientists with community engagement skills.

The final event in the Engaged Scientist Series is on April 6, 2017. A public lecture will be presented in the CIRES Auditorium (CIRES Main, 338) and a workshop for graduate students and postdocs will be held in the CIRES Fellows Room (Eckeley, S274) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the CU Boulder main campus.

Scientists often work in and with communities whether working on research, promoting findings especially in the fields of resiliency, environment and sustainability.

Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, Energy & Climate Justice Program Manager at the CU Boulder Environmental Center, and Heidi McCann, Associate Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, will give a public lecture and then co-lead a workshop with Susan Sullivan, Director of CIRES Education and Outreach.

The workshop examines the scientific worldview lens and explores best practices for working with communities, including developing inter-cultural awareness, conducting research so that communities benefit, and understanding the value of local communities (including disenfranchised communities) and “informal” knowledge.  

During this workshop we will:

  • Look at relevant, mini case-studies 
  • Look at cultural communication and behavior patterns
  • Work through equity and justice dilemmas for community-engaged research 
  • Discuss how to initiate and strengthen community partnerships

“This generation of researchers is more interested than ever in working with communities,” said Susan Sullivan, director of CIRES Education and Outreach. “Given new University investments in science communication and in demonstrating research impact, the time is right to support those interests and provide models for doing it effectively."

Lecture registration (optional)

Workshop registration (required)

 

The Engaged Scientist series is coordinated by CU's new Albert A. Bartlett Center for Science Communication, CIRES Education and Outreach, INSTAAR, and Learn More About Climate at the Office for Outreach and Engagement.

 

Engaged Scientist Event 1 Resources

Bringing Science to the table - Stories, tips, and lessons-learned from working with communities

Public lecture: Dr. Rajul Pandya, Director of Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union 

The Engaged Scientist Series kicked off on October 20, 2016 with a public lecture featuring Thriving Earth Exchange Director Raj Pandya and his talk on case studies and stories to explore the elements of successful partnerships.

There are lots of places where scientists, community leaders, and community members are working together to use science – including Earth and environmental science -  to build a better future. Whether it is to improving vaccination strategies in Ghana, building a flood-resistant town-hall in Georgia, or looking for dangerous chemicals leaking into Denver basements, we’ve seen lots of examples of community science partnerships that encourage resilience and support environmental justice. The best of these partnerships advance community priorities, connect research to on-the-ground impact, introduce new ideas and people to science, and introduce scientists to new questions and new ways of thinking.  In short – the best partnerships help science become more included and inclusive.

Workshop: After the lecture, a workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers on developing strong scientist/community partnerships was co-led by Dr. Pandya, Susan Sullivan, director of CIRES Education Outreach, and Ben Kirshner, faculty director of CU Engage. We talked, frankly, about some of the risks and costs of partnership - for both scientists and communities – and explored some strategies to mitigate those risks and minimize those costs. The workshop participants left inspired and learned how to get started.

 

The Engaged Scientist series is coordinated by CU's new Albert A. Bartlett Center for Science Communication, CIRES Education and Outreach, INSTAAR, and Learn More About Climate at the Office for Outreach and Engagement.

 

Engaged Scientist Event 2 Resources

Uses and Practices of Community Dialogue in Geosciences and Environmental Sciences

The second event in the Engaged Scientist series was held on January 19, 2017 in the Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado (SILC) at the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Complex on the CU Boulder east campus.

Public lecture: Fostering community dialogue presented by Boulder Talks director Phaedra Pezzullo and co-director Leah Sprain of the Department of Communication at the Univesity of Colorado Boulder 

Workshop: Drs. Pezzullo, Sprain, and Sullivan co-lead the associated workshop for graduate students and postdocs after the lecture.

During this workshop participants:

  • Discussed the possibilities and limitations around science, communication and democracy
  • Analyzed real world transcripts of scientists communicating during community dialogues
  • Practiced framing your research with feedback to help you move towards your goals

 

The Engaged Scientist series is coordinated by CU's new Albert A. Bartlett Center for Science Communication, CIRES Education and Outreach, INSTAAR, and Learn More About Climate at the Office for Outreach and Engagement.