Talking about Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Floods: Science Communication and Natural Hazards
In an age of fake news, how do we communicate the importance of scientific facts? How do we compel action from an individual to a national level when the facts alone aren’t enough? In this class you will learn the basic tools of science communication through the lens of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and extreme weather. You will learn the basics of the science that drives these hazards, and how to communicate that science to different audiences. Recent research has shown that relaying scientific knowledge alone to potentially vulnerable populations does not have a significant impact on increasing their resilience to those hazards. Therefore, it is increasingly important to train a new generation of science communicators and translators who can effectively relay complex information in engaging and understandable ways.
This course fulfills the second-level Writing and Rhetoric Requirement (WRITE 2) and emphasizes oral and multimedia presentation.