Abstract: Advancements in our understanding of natural and biological phenomena are alone not sufficient to create impactful change nor address health and environmental issues. This evening lecture will explore various ways to translate scientific knowledge into engaging resources or activities to promote public awareness of a topic, technology, or issue. We will discuss the importance of communicating science and the numerous ways we can engage with the public, including programs, blogs, and social media. We will also examine specific aspects to consider when you communicate science, such as your audience, technology, and content. Throughout the lecture, we will discuss the art and importance of storytelling to educate, engage and inspire others.

Bio: Dr. Riley St Clair is a neurobiologist that is interested in how the brain is formed during development, a fundamental process that is essential for the amazing, everyday tasks of our life. She is also very passionate about science communication and uses science communication in outreach and advocacy efforts. She has volunteered with programs including LabGirls, Women Can Do and Girls’ Science Discovery Day. These programs actively recruit girls into STEM by increasing their exposure to these fields and raising awareness about gender bias. She also founded BRAIN, a K-12 program designed to bring interactive neuroscience activities to rural communities. Her goals are to use science communication to evoke a passion for science and increase awareness of scientific concepts and issues.

Cornerstone Evening Lecture: September 15, 2021, 7 pm,

Location: Quest University Campus, Multi-purpose Room (MPR)

Title: Talking Science – How We Can Use Our Knowledge to Make an Impact

Speaker: Dr. Riley St Clair

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