Coffin Lab

Coffin Lab

Washington State University Vancouver

Science Communication

Communication takes more than intact hair cells.  While my research centers around protecting hair cells and preserving hearing, I have a broader interest in communication: how do we talk to each other to share our message?  I am particularly interested in how scientists communicate, both with other scientists and with public audiences. I’ve taught presentation workshops for students and postdocs and I blog (somewhat irregularly!) about science communication.

I’m the co-founder and acting Executive Director of Science Talk, a science communication organization that conducts workshops and annual meetings. Save the date for our 2018 conference on March 1-2 at the Oregon Convention Center!

Toastmasters International offers terrific opportunities to improve communication (and leadership) skills in a fun and supportive environment.  I’ve been a member of Toastmasters for over 10 years and I credit this organization with my current success and my continuing desire to improve. Our local Salmon Speakers Toastmasters Club is a great place for students and community members to practice their communication skills.  Stop by any Monday night at the Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital.

If you’re a scientist looking for an opportunity to share your science with a wider audience, or part of that “wider audience” eager to learn about science from someone that will talk to you rather than over you, here are a few public science series with exemplary communicators:

Science on Tap (Vancouver, WA). Now sponsored by Washington State University Vancouver!

Engage Science (Seattle)

Science Pub (Portland and western Oregon)