UI hosts first “Telling Your Research Story” seminar

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Last Thursday the Center For Global and Regional Environmental Research helped sponsor a communication seminar entitled “Telling Your Research Story.” The event took place on the University of Iowa campus, and encouraged faculty members to discuss issues and solutions to reaching a wider audience with their research.

UI professors Jerald Schnoor, Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Amy E.T. Sparks and Don Gurnett led the discussion by sharing their success stories in communicating their studies. Afterwards the seminar opened to the audience who expressed their concerns of talking with the press and the potential for some research topics to be misunderstood by the public.

Suggestions for increasing the clarity and distribution of research included:

  • Reach out to on-campus publications
  • Prepare for interviews with reporters; anticipate the questions
  • Be ready to communicate ideas succinctly
  • Realize that your audience may have a limited understanding of the topic
  • Make yourself readily available to reporters post-interview so they can reach you to clarify any complicated statements
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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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