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Nationally recognized science blogger & editor to give talk on communicating science in the digital age

Media Contact: Karen Southern, 401-874-6009

Bora Zivkovic will kick off social media workshop for Rhode Island graduate students with
public lecture on Monday, July 30 at 9:30am

NARRAGANSETT, RI – July 26, 2012 – It’s not rocket science, but effective use of social media is essential to communicating scientific research to a broad audience. That’s the focus of a workshop hosted by the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting in partnership with Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (RIEPSCoR) and Rhode Island Sea Grant on July 30 at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

Public Lecture
Bora Zivkovic, Scientific American blogs editor and founder of ScienceOnline, will kick off the workshop with a lecture on how the web is changing the way science is communicated in the rapidly evolving digital age. The lecture will begin at 9:30am on July 30 in the Coastal Institute Auditorium at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. The lecture is free and open to the public. Faculty, communications staff and undergraduate students from all Rhode Island colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

Workshop for RI Science Graduate Students
Following the lecture, 30 graduate students from Rhode Island universities will participate in an intensive social media and blogging workshop. Brown University social media specialist John S. Murphy will discuss the importance of differentiating personal opinion from fact in web-based communications. Workshop participants will also hear the perspectives of early-career scientists who are actively engaged in online science communications.

The Metcalf Institute was established at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in 1997 with funding from three media foundations, the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, and with additional funding from the Telaka Foundation. It is named for the late Michael P. Metcalf, a visionary in journalism and publisher of The Providence Journal Bulletin from 1979-1987. In addition to providing science training for reporters and editors to help improve the accuracy and clarity of environmental reporting, Metcalf Institute administers the Grantham Prize, the world’s largest cash prize for journalism awarded for excellence in environmental reporting.