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Mark Sarvary

Cornell University
Director of the Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratories
Ithaca, NY


POSTER TITLE: A challenge in teaching scientific communication: Academic experience does not improve undergraduates’ ability to assess their own or their peers’ writing
THEME: Educational tools and interventions

Check out my website for more information: HTTP://sensitivescientist.com

I live at the intersection of education research and science communication. As an educator and science communicator, my goal is to explore more effective ways to engage my audience, establish trust and get a dialogue going with students, fellow scientists, and the publics.

I am the founder and the academic advisor of the Science Communication and Public Engagement undergraduate minor (SCoPE). We established this unique minor to make sure that science communication and public engagement are not a postgraduate afterthought, but rather integrated parts of undergraduate science education.
I developed an Applied Science Communication Course at Cornell and at the Shoals Marine Laboratory, and I direct the Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratories at Cornell University, where students learn the scientific process and improve their skills in experimental design, information literacy, and science communication. In this program, we train graduate and undergraduate lab instructors on how to use discipline-based education research to develop and implement modern pedagogical methods, including active learning.

As a strong advocate of public engagement with science, I am the co-producer of a local podcast called Locally Sourced Science, the faculty advisor of the undergraduate medical and life sciences debate club, and an undergraduate podcast called State-of-the-Pod. I have been the science advisor of a local science café for a decade and a half, helping to bring town and gown closer together in the Ithaca area.

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