The American Chemical Society (ACS), the SENCER Centers of Innovation Southwest and South, and Bellhaven University welcome you to Jackson, Mississippi and to our symposium with a theme of STEM Education in Mississippi: Issues and Innovations. Throughout a full-day of activities, we will focus on use of innovative and proven pedagogy to reduce barriers to learning, student success, and retention. Presenters include educators and administrators from throughout the country. 

We look forward to seeing you at Belhaven’s Kim Center -- Friday, September 29, 2017! Remember to REGISTER so we know how many meals to prepare!

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Friday, September 29 • 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Dual Posters: Communicating Your Discipline to the Public

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Many scientists do important work that could have a profound impact on their own field as well as others, but then struggle to communicate their results. Part of the challenge is that each discipline, and specialty within it, has jargon that is often not understood by the general public or others in complementary fields of research.

By learning to reduce jargon and describe highly complex ideas so that most well-educated people can understand, researchers will be better equipped to share the significance of their work with those in other disciplines, and better able to inform policy makers about their science.

We are early in the process of learning how we learn a discipline, and how learning in one discipline varies from learning in another. Mental skills needed for undergraduate success are not generally explicitly taught. By guiding students through the steps essential to acquiring the needed communication skills, we can guide their metamorphosis from novice to professional scientist.

Dual posters may be an effective way for science students to learn how to e_ectively communicate their research to non-experts. Using a handbook with a step-by-step process for translating an existing scientific "technical" poster into a "public" poster version that is more easily understood by general audiences, student researchers learn how to explain their work in an understandable way while keeping the integrity of their science intact.

Collaborators are sought to work on this concept in a variety of academic institutions and disciplines. We have some basis to say that creating a public version of a technical research poster may be an effective tool, but considering our extremely small sample size, additional data from other institutions is desirable to add credibility to this claim. Results of our pilot study of dual poster effectiveness are included along with questions that focus our future research.

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Cynthia Maguire

Senior Lecturer, Texas Woman’s University
Cynthia Maguire earned her bachelor of science in medical technology from Central State University in 1976. She later earned two M.S. degrees--biology teaching (2001) and chemistry teaching (2004), both from Texas Woman’s University. She remained at TWU and is now a Senior Lecturer... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm CDT
Kim Center 100