Communicating Science course Schedule, Fall 2013

Six graduate-level courses in Communicating Science will be offered by Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism in Fall 2013 in cooperation with the Center for Communicating Science. They are 1-credit modules, which may be taken consecutively or separately. These courses are open to master’s and PhD students in the sciences. Tuition is covered for PhD students. We recommend that you take JRN 503 first, followed by JRN 501. Matriculated students can register through Solar; non-matriculated students can take these courses through the School for Professional Development. If you have questions, please email

JRN 503: “Communicating Science: Improvisation for Scientists”

This innovative course uses improvisational theater techniques to help students communicate more directly and responsively. It’s not about acting; it’s about connecting with an audience.

JRN 503.01: Tuesday, Aug. 27, Sept. 10, 17 and 24; 5:30-9 p.m.
JRN 503.02: Thursday, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; 5:30-8:20 p.m.

JRN 501: “Communicating Science: Distilling your Message”

Students learn to speak clearly and vividly about their work and why it matters, in terms non-scientists can understand. Includes a video interview with a journalist.

JRN 501.01: Thursday, Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26; 5:30-8:20 p.m.
JRN 501.02: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 5:30-8:20 p.m.

JRN 502: “Communicating Science: Writing to be Understood”

Students develop their ability to write about science or health for a public audience without “dumbing down” their material. The course focuses on such forms as letters to the editor, blogs and op-edits.

JRN 502.01: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Dec. 3; 5:30-8:20 pm..
JRN 502.02: Wednesday, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and Dec. 4; 5:30-8:20 p.m.

JRN 504: “Communicating Science: Using Digital Media”

How to use blogs, podcasts, Twitter and other forms of social media for two-way communication with different segments of the public. Includes hands-on instruction, tailored to students’ experience.

JRN 504: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9 and 16; 5:30-8:20 p.m.

JRN 508: “Communicating Science: Engaging Key Audiences”

This course is for students who have taken either JRN 501, Distilling Your Message, or JRN 503, Improvisation for Scientists, and want to build on the skills introduced in those courses. Through role-playing and other exercises, students will practice communicating with key audiences, such as potential employers, students, journalists and public officials.

JRN 508: Thursday, Nov. 7, 14, 21 and Dec. 5; 5:10-8:30 p.m.

JRN 612 / School of Medicine Elective: “Communicating Health Sciences”

For medical, nursing and dental students, an introduction to effective communication.
1 credit

JRN 612 / School of Medicine Elective: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 9, 23 and Nov. 6, 13, 20; 4:00-7:00 p.m.