The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science is featured in an online tool that showcases and compares public engagement training programs in the United States.
The dashboard aims to help various stakeholders including trainers, scientists, federal officials, foundations, policy advocates and others find science communication programs. It features more than 300 initiatives from hundreds of organizations.
“This dashboard is a wonderful initiative,” said Laura Lindenfield, executive director of the Alda Center and dean of the School of Communication and Journalism. “It offers a comprehensive overview of science communication in this country, and I hope it helps individual researchers and organizations continue to learn about and embrace effective and engaging science communication practices.”
The dashboard includes a customizable, searchable dashboard with downloadable summaries and can be embedded in other sites. Training and educational programs are classified by initiative type, training domain and scientific field.
Fanuel Muindi, a neuroscientist and journalist, built the interactive Training Initiatives for Scientists in Public Engagement Dashboard during a civic science fellowship at Research!America. Muindi created the dashboard so individuals and organizations could explore a catalog of U.S.-based science communication programs.
With support from the Lasker Foundation, Research!America will continue to work on the dashboard and solicit feedback from users.