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18th Annual KY EPSCoR Conference

Thursday, October 17 2013


See pictures and posters from the 2012 KY EPSCoR Conference at our Facebook page.

More information to follow.

"Science: Becoming the Messenger" Workshop

The NSF workshop "Science: Becoming the Messenger" provides one-stop shopping for those seeking to reach a broader public about their work.


  • March 5, 2013
    7:30 am - 6:00 pm


  • Founders Union Building, University of Louisville Shelby Campus
    312 N. Whittington Parkway
    Louisville, Kentucky 40222


  • Limited to Universities & Colleges in Kentucky
    An invitation extended to principal investigators (PI), early career researchers and engineers, and students and postdocs from institutions and universities in Kentucky who would like to learn to communicate effectively to a broad audience. And also public information officers (PIO) communicating on behalf of the institutions and universities in Kentucky.


  • Today, across academia and the research community, there is a growing interest in science communication. Scientists are asking how they can share their knowledge and findings across an increasingly challenging information environment.

    Seminars and training workshops are springing up, accordingly, to meet this need. But never before has there been a team like the one NSF has assembled to help members of the scientific community at all levels become more effective messengers.

    Featuring 3 accomplished communicators and trainers:

    • Emmy-award winning television producer Joe Schreiber
    • Former PBS executive Dan Agan
    • Best-selling science author Chris Mooney

    Over the course of this full day of training, participants will learn how to craft a message and deliver it to a variety of audiences. They will also have the opportunity to experience live interview training, to develop writing and new media skills, to hone their public presentations and even to produce video. See attached Agenda for Day One for a complete description of each session.*

Second Day

  • For a specially selected group of RESEARCHERS, there will be a 2nd day on March 6, 2013. During this 2nd day, they will refine their message further, train to talk to their colleagues, public audiences and the media.

    See attached Agenda below for Day 2 for a complete description of each session. If you are interested in participating in the 2nd day of the workshop and would like to be considered, please complete the questions on the registration form. IF YOU ARE CHOSEN FOR THE SECOND DAY, YOU MUST ALSO COMMIT TO STAY FOR THE ENTIRE DAY.

    If you are not interested or a PIO, simply type N/A in the box on the registration form.

    Laptops/tablets are required for Day 1 and Laptops are required for Day 2. Power strips will be provided to keep them charged.



  • Deadline to Register:  February 22, 2013

    There is no registration fee to attend but pre-registration is required.  Please complete the registration form.  Registration may close early if the workshop fills up prior to the deadline.

    Register for this event, NSF Online Registration
    Breakfast and lunch will be served.  Please advise of dietary restrictions in the Comments Box on the registration form.

    PLEASE CREATE A TWITTER ACCOUNT PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP on Twitter, and key your Twitter username into the Comments field on the Registration form. See attached instructions.

Additional Information

KYNSFEPSCoR awards $20,000 grant to the
Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s (BCTC) Biotechnology program

The funds will be used to support four BCTC students during their research for the “Aloe Project.” The project is a long-term study investigating the possibility of using Aloe Vera as a biofuel. The BCTC Biotechnology program will partner with the University of Kentucky’s Advanced Genetic Technologies Center on the project, which is part of a new focus on applied research in BCTC’s Biotech curriculum.

“Learning science should be an active endeavor that focuses on science as a process and not just a set of facts to memorize,” BCTC biotechnology instructor Keith Devon Allen said in the grant proposal.

Allen will play a key role as the principal investigator of the BCTC Undergraduate Research Biotechnology in Education.

Four undergraduates are working on this project: Cagney Coomer, lab technician at the Advanced Genetic Technology and team leader; Tiffany Carol Richard, student researcher; Sandhya Paudel, student researcher; and Mila-Ruth Wright, student researcher.

“We believe this opportunity to participate in active learning will support students’ interest in science as well as build more sophisticated lab skills,” Allen said.

Students involved with the Aloe Project will be encouraged to present their findings at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System conference for student research, Kentucky Academy of Science and may have the opportunity to publish their findings in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

“We have to devote the necessary resources to scientific and technological research and development, including biotechnology,” Allen said. “We must further encourage innovation among our undergraduate students and insure that we introduce new developments into our productive activities.”

The project began in November 2012 and will continue through July 2013.

source: http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/News and Events/

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1355438.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s)
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