Training Courses / Workshops

Science Communication 101 - Option A

Anti-science rhetoric is on the rise. Policymakers often fail to grasp the research necessary to make informed decisions in the best interests of their constituents. But empirical data suggest that good science communication both empowers citizens and benefits the careers of scientists. Effective science communication skills are not imparted through lecture, but rather through the act of encouraging participants to practice, with supportive coaching, rehearsal and feedback from both facilitators and peers. This half-day workshop helps scientists develop communication skills and put those skills into action. The topics for this session include:

  • Science Communication Overview
  • “At the Block Party” (practice/feedback session)
  • Making your Point(s): Delivering Better Presentations and The Power of Visuals
  • We’re Here to Help: Working with your News Office/Public Information Officer to Advance Your Visibility
  • I’m Ready for my Close-Up: How to Nail Media Interviews

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 8, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Jory Weintraub, Duke Initiative for Science and Society
Fee: $150


Science Communication 101 - Option B

Anti-science rhetoric is on the rise. Policymakers often fail to grasp the research necessary to make informed decisions in the best interests of their constituents. But empirical data suggest that good science communication both empowers citizens and benefits the careers of scientists. Effective science communication skills are not imparted through lecture, but rather through the act of encouraging participants to practice, with supportive coaching, rehearsal and feedback from both facilitators and peers. This half-day workshop helps scientists develop communication skills and put those skills into action. The topics for this session include:

  • Science Communication Overview
  • “At the Block Party” (practice/feedback session)
  • Getting Social: Using Social Media to Communicate your Science
  • Controversy?  What Controversy? (Communicating Controversial Science in Non-Controversial Ways)

Date and Time: Thursday, August 9, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Jory Weintraub, Duke Initiative for Science and Society
Fee: $150

Understanding Radiochemistry Testing and the TNI 2016 Standard - ASTM D7283 and EPA 906.0 (Liquid Scintillation Counting)

Using ASTM Method D7283, ASTM Standard Test Method for Alpha and Beta Activity in Water By Liquid Scintillation Counting, and EPA Method 906.0, Tritium in Drinking Water, as examples, this course will provide participants with a general understanding of the theory behind the radioanalytical techniques used, and applicable requirements of TNI 2016 Standard Volume 1 Module 6 (V1M6). A mixture of theory-lecture and interactive exercises using real laboratory data examples will help participants see how analytical processes translate into actions, results, and records that one might encounter in a typical radioanalytical laboratory. It will also address typical challenges that may be encountered. This class will be of benefit both to radiochemistry laboratorians and radiochemistry assessors. Topics addressed will include:

  • Method scope, application, and limitations;
  • Radioactive decay;
  • Radiochemical preparation;
  • Sample test source preparation;
  • Liquid scintillation counter (LSC) set-up, performance checks, efficiency and cross-talk calibrations, and background determinations;
  • Calculation and reporting of results and associated statistics (i.e., counting uncertainty vs. combined uncertainty, critical level vs. minimum detectable concentration vs. SDWA Detection Limit, chemical yield);
  • Common problems and challenges encountered with these methods;
  • TNI Standard Volume 1, Module 6 requirements as they relate to the two methods.

Date and Time: Friday, August 10, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Instructor: TNI Radiochemistry Expert Committee
Fee: $195