Resource and programs to enhance the communication of faculty, staff, and students to more effectively engage a diverse set of audiences.
New Center for Health & Science Communication
Becker Library expanded its communication services in FY22 by launching the new Center for Health & Science Communication.
The center’s launch was the culmination of years of service in these two areas. It was established to engage and instruct the School of Medicine community in the fundamentals of communication through workshops, training opportunities, and conversations with leaders in the field.
To serve as a hub for health and science communication-related activities on campus, the center developed a website in January 2022, which promotes free communication resources and highlights relevant events to the campus community.
To celebrate the launch of the center, Becker Library hosted #SciComm Week (September 27-30, 2021), highlighting trends in both health and science communication. More than 160 attendees participated in the week’s virtual events. The center hosted two additional #SciComm Seminars in FY22 outside of #Scicomm Week with 106 participants in attendance.
FY22 Scicomm Seminars
Transforming Slide Design
Sept. 28, 2021
Inclusion of Diverse Populations in Health Research
Joyce E. Balls-Berry, PhD, MPE
Sept. 29, 2021
Creating Connections: An Introduction to the Alda Method
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
September 30, 2021
Using Empathy to Become a Better Science Communicator
Rebecca Schwarzlose, PhD
November 16, 2021
Communicating with Policymakers to Maximize Impact
Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH
Timothy McBride, PhD
April 13, 2022
Plain Language Review Service
The Plain Language Review Service continued to work with several departments on campus, reviewing more than 120 pages of patient-facing materials in FY22. These materials included surgery guides, research surveys, and patient handouts. Additionally, Becker Library’s health communication specialist spoke to 336 attendees as both an invited speaker and curriculum lecturer on topics including:
Media literacy in health care