Social Media for Scientists featuring Christie Wilcox and COMPASS

Savvy scientists use social media to enhance their careers, their research, and their broader impacts. How? AFSUW, Washington Sea Grant, and COSEE OLC have teamed up to bring in the experts, Scientific American Blogger Christie Wilcox and COMPASS, to teach you. Part of the Beyond the Ivory Tower Series on broadening the impact of scientific research, join us on Monday, February 13, at Foege Auditorium (Genome Sciences) for a series of lectures, workshops, and a social. Events begin at 2pm and run until 6:30pm, and are FREE and open to UW students, faculty, staff, and their guests.

Our first speaker in this series is Christie Wilcox, an award-winning science writer, Scientific American blogger, and a PhD student in cell and molecular biology at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. Her recent series of posts on social media for scientists covers the personal and professional benefits that scientists gain by using social media, including improving your communication skills, networking, and managing your web presence. Christie makes the point that social media helps build dialogue between scientists and the general public, policy makers, funders, and even other scientists. Christie says:

When I say scientists should be involved in social media, it is because we need to open that dialogue. If people don’t know who we are or what we do, they will never really care about or trust what we say. Once upon a time I would have said this meant walking down the street and talking to people, but we now live in a digital age. 57% of Americans say they talk to people more online than they do in real life. Scientists need to be on social media because everyone else is already, talking about their thoughts and feelings, having discussions about things they care about, and generally, well, being social.

The second half of this series includes a hands-on workshop from Liz Neeley at The Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS). Learning to use social media can be daunting, what with the myriad of tweets, likes, hashtags, +1s, and @mentions. Even if you are already know the lingo, there is still and art to using social media professionally, and not becoming a meme. The workshop will cover the basics, like creating your twitter handle, and some lesser known ways that scientists can use social media to their advantage.

The day ends with food, beverages, and conversation sponsored by COSEE OLC our parent chapter, the WA-BC Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Whether you are new to social media or a seasoned pro, a principal investigator or an undergraduate, there will be something for you to learn at this event.

Special thanks to the Associated Students at the University of Washington, and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate for providing funding for this event.

WHERE: Foege Auditorium (Genome Sciences) Interactive Campus Map

WHEN: Monday, February 13,
Christe Wilcox at 2pm
Liz Neeley at 3:30 pm
COMPASS workshop at 4:45pm
Social at 5:30pm

HOW MUCH: Free and open to the public