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Virtual Chat Book Club: Getting to the Heart of Science Communication

Virtual Chat

Click here at 2 PM ET on June 17th to join this virtual chat book club! A Connect Extension account is required to participate.

This event is for Extension Foundation Members.

Join us for the second Virtual Chat Book Club of 2021. This quarter’s book selection is the newly released Getting to the Heart of Science Communication: A Guide to Effective Engagement, which is garnering rave reviews. We are excited to announce that our event moderator is Dr. Faith Kearns, the book author, and an expert in #Extension and #SciComm.

In this virtual chat we’ll discuss the rapidly changing landscape of the field, and our evolving role as Extension communicators. You do not need to have read the book to participate. Participants can expect a wonderful opportunity to share and learn about best practices, strategies, and resources. We’ll also be discussing how communication occurs on social media.

About the book

In an age of seemingly endless crises related to climate change, extreme weather, pandemic, and social and cultural upheavals across the globe, how we communicate about the science of these events has changed in dramatic ways, driven in large part by social media. Science communicators can no longer simply relate facts to captive audiences.

In “Getting to the Heart of Science Communication: A Guide to Effective Engagement,” readers and practitioners will learn to equip themselves to navigate a changing landscape where conflict, emotion, and trauma are a critical part of the conversation that must be acknowledged, and one from which we can learn.

This book is an essential read for graduate students, science communicators, and “adjacent” professionals, such as research scientists, journalists and policy makers. Professional communicators in all fields will find much of value in this ground-breaking book.


Dr. Faith Kearns is a scientist and communications expert with the University California Institute for Water Resources, which is affiliated with Extension. She writes about water, wildfire, climate change, and people. Her work has been published at New Republic, On Being, Bay Nature, and more. She hosts the Water Talk podcastwith Mallika Nocco and Sam Sandoval. Faith previously developed science communication projects at the Ecological Society of America, served as a AAAS Science and Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, managed a wildfire research and outreach center at UC Berkeley, and bridged science and policy advocacy efforts at the Pew Charitable Trusts. She earned her bachelor's degree in environmental science, geology, and political science from Northern Arizona University and doctoral degree from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. You can find her on Twitter: @frkearns


Pamela Kan-Rice

Pamela Kan-Rice is a senior communicator with the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources. She serves as the Assistant Director of News and Information Outreach. A seasoned Extension professional with more than three decades of experience, Kan-Rice has also served as managing editor of  California Agriculture, a peer-reviewed journal. She holds a BA in Technical Journalism from Oregon State University, and an MBA from St. Mary’s College. You can find her on Twitter @UCANRPam

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