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Ellensburg, WA 98926-7519
Phone: 509-963-1866
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Certificate in Science Dissemination

We currently live in a post-truth world. A top advisor to the President of the United States (Rudy Giuliani) has stated that facts "are in the eye of the beholder" and "truth isn't truth." We are spending critical time and energy arguing whether facts exist, not what to do about them.

 

Scientists are on the front line, as generating facts and information is our mission. However, science communication in this country is a problem. Journalists and politicians typically know limited science, while the scientists are not trained in communicating their work to these people (consider the current disconnect between the CDC and the White House). This certificate aims to provide our science students with a collection of classes designed to help bridge this gap.

 

This certificate combines scientific communication modes (statistics and visualization) with more traditional modes (verbal and written).

 

This certificate requires 6 classes (18-26 credits) spread among 6 different areas: quantitative representation, written dissemination, verbal dissemination, visualization, one elective, and a culminating experience.

 

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For more information contact the Program Director: Dr. Martha Kurtz, Associate Dean, College of the Sciences, 963-2622 or martha.kurtz@cwu.edu.

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