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Penn State graduate students are invited to attend a science communications workshop on October 17. Learn how to make your research accessible to the media, policymakers, and the public.

  • Time: Noon–2:30 p.m.
  • Date: October 17, 2018
  • Location: 233 HUB-Robeson Center

Learn how to become part of the conversation through informed word choice, narrow/broad focuses of subject matter, and explaining your work as being one small part of a larger topic. This hands-on workshop will offer a comprehensive walk-through of COMPASS's most fundamental communication tool.

There is no cost to attend, and registration is limited to the first fifty. Lunch will be provided.


Amy Mathews Amos

Science Communication Coach  |  @AmyMatAm

Amy Mathews Amos is a Science Communication Coach for COMPASS. In this position, Amy helps scientists navigate the alien worlds of journalism and public policy, giving them the tools and confidence necessary to share their expertise effectively with those outside their areas of specialty. In doing so, she draws on decades of professional experience at the interface of environmental science and public policy. That experience began with her undergraduate degree from the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, and graduate degrees in environmental science and public affairs from Indiana University. It continued to grow over 25 years as she worked in Washington D.C. for the congressional Government Accountability Office, conservation groups, a scientific society, and charitable foundations. In 2013, Amy completed her M.A. in Science and Medical Writing at Johns Hopkins University and began a new phase of her career as a freelance writer. Her stories on the environment and health have appeared in The Washington Post, Scientific American, Pacific Standard, High Country News, and other outlets. Amy also hones her storytelling skills each year as a selector for the American Conservation Film Festival. When not pounding away at the computer, Amy spends as much time as possible outside hiking, kayaking, and wildlife-watching.

Meg Nakahara

Policy Engagement Specialist  |  @menakahara

As the Policy Engagement Specialist at COMPASS, Meg encourages scientists to find a seat at the table for policy conversations and effectively share their science. She works at the intersection of science and policy, bringing our evolving understanding of the natural world to those making decisions about how we live in it. Meg also co-manages COMPASS' social media presence and helps scientists explore new ways of engaging with their communities and beyond through social media. Before joining COMPASS, she focused on federal geoscience policy in Washington, D.C. Meg earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Environmental Science and Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. She enjoys baking, reading science fiction novels, traveling around the world to watch soccer, and volunteering at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.


The workshop plans to return in fall 2019.