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  May 2013  |  Volume 4, Issue 4
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Summer NSF Workshop To Focus on Communicating Science - Sign Up Today!

NDSU faculty, early career researchers, engineers, students, postdocs, and public information officers are encouraged to save the dates of Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27 for a workshop designed to assist them in championing their work effectively to the outside world.

Sponsored by ND EPSCoR, "Science: Becoming the Messenger" is a workshop created by the National Science Foundation and being presented across the country. The workshop is meant to address the fact that many scientists and engineers have had no meaningful training in how to clearly, concisely, and convincingly express the importance of their work to key internal and external audiences.

Three expert communicators will reveal professional approaches and real-world insights, revealing their secrets for communicating effectively. Workshop communications experts include:

  • Dan Agan, President of Panthera Group LLC, a marketing, communications and media consultancy.
  • Chris Mooney, bestselling science journalist and commentator, host of the Point of Inquiry podcasts, and author of three books, including Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future.
  • Joe Schreiber, president of Mattmar Productions, who helped launch and produce NBC’s George Michael Sports Machine.

Techniques and skills for effective communications are offered in an interactive setting for developing effective communications—from grant proposals and classroom lectures, media interviews and presentations. These professional communicators offer practical advice, easy-to-use guides, and incorporate talk-and-slides, blogs, videos, Twitter, media interviews, and Q&A sessions into the hands-on workshop.

Only 150 principal investigators, early career researchers, engineers, students, postdocs, and public information officers from institutions and universities in North Dakota who can clear their calendars for the full day June 26 may register to attend. From that pool of attendees, approximately 20 will be chosen for more intensive training on the second day, June 27. For more information and to register, go to http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/epscor/news/index.htm.

Researchers Warn of Pseudo Journals

Researchers are warning colleagues and the public about the alarming increase in the number of "pseudo journals" to be found online. Many of these journals and meetings have names that are nearly identical to those of established, well-known publications and events. One danger, according to a story published in the New York Times, April 7, 2013, is that online information seekers may have trouble distinguishing credible research from junk.

The phenomenon is the result of the movement to make scholarly publications freely available in response to demands for open access. As a result, the number of new journals and conferences has exploded in recent years, many of them not necessarily reputable and willing to print almost anything for a fee.

Even reputable scientists can become caught up in this pseudo-academic world without realizing it until later, since these journals use email to invite academics to submit articles and to be on editorial boards. And universities are also facing new challenges in assessing the résumés of academics.

Nature, one of the most competitive and well-regarded scientific journals, published a special news report recently to raise awareness about con artists who are stealing the identities of real journals to cheat scientists out of publishing fees.

Researchers In the News

Interest continues in research underway at NDSU. Here’s just a sample of media coverage. Some links to these news outlets are available for a limited time.

Pitcher Plants Provide Tipping Point

“Smart” paper, Antenna-free RFID Tags in Works at NDSU

Simple Technology to Produce Nanospheres Discovered

Prime Therapeutics in Partnership with NDSU

Study Aims to Break Stereotype of Western ND

Proof in Numbers

Energy Beet Juice Can be Stored for Ethanol Production

The Dakota Prisoner of War Letters

Why Do I Get Nostalgic?

If you’d like to suggest a story highlighting NDSU research, let us know. While we may not be able to use every suggestion, we would like to hear from you.

Upcoming Events


2013 UAS Action Summit - "Where the Future Gets Its Flight Plan"
Hosted by the Red River Valley Research Corridor
May 30 & 31, 2013
Alerus Center-Grand Forks, ND
What many thought would takes years is now upon us with the growing use of unmanned systems in civil and commercial markets – and the pending announcement of six national test sites. With increased use of UAS by law enforcement and first responders and growing interest, new applications and research being conducted by precision agriculture, transportation, infrastructure and planning agencies, the future is indeed here. Join North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, Northrop Grumman, the City of Grand Forks, and the Red River Valley Research Corridor in Grand Forks, for the 7th annual UAS Action Summit as they explore where the UAS industry is now and the potential it has in the future. See more information >>

"Science: Becoming the Messenger"
An NSF/EPSCoR Communications Workshop for Scientists, Engineers, Researchers and Educators
June 26-27, 2013
Hilton Garden Inn-Fargo, ND
This NSF/EPSCoR communications workshop is designed to assist scientists, engineers, researchers and educators to champion their work effectively to the outside world. Three expert communicators will reveal professional approaches and real-world insights, and let you in on their secrets for communicating effectively. Techniques/skills for effective communications are offered in an interactive setting for developing effective communications—from grant proposals and classroom lectures, to media interviews and presentations. These professional communicators offer practical advice, easy-to-use guides, and incorporate talk-and-slides, blogs, videos, Twitter, media interviews, and Q&A sessions into the hands-on workshop. Please Register >>

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