Presentations

“How can NASA establish and affectively communicate a common, unifying vision?” (presentation), Committee on NASA’s Strategic Direction, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council, June 25, 2012, Washington, D.C.  See: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DEPS/ASEB/DEPS_067029  (For my Powerpoint slides, scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

“How Do We Explain Ourselves? Challenges in Communicating about Astrobiology,” Astrobiology Science Conference, April 26, 2012, Atlanta, GA. To view the webcast, see: http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/p8vqd3n9ixt/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

“Problematizing public engagement with space exploration” (presentation), Society for Social Studies of Science, Cleveland, OH, November 5, 2011.

“Astrobiology in culture: science accomplishments, public perceptions” (presentation), Conference on the History and Philosophy of Astrobiology, Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Ven, Sweden, September 27, 2011.

“Astrobiology in culture: communication, education, outreach, and engagement” (session organizer and chair), International Society for the Study of the Origins of Life, Montpellier, France, July 8, 2011.

November 10, 2010: “Building long-term constituencies for space exploration: the challenge of raising public awareness,” Space Studies Board (National Academy of Sciences) Workshop, Irvine, CA. (archived video available (Session 7) at: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/CurrentProjects/SSB_057195).

September 30, 2010: “50 years of exobiology and astrobiology: science accomplishments, public perceptions,” International Astronautical Congress, Prague, Czech Republic.

September 28, 2010: “Empowering scientists and citizens through participation in space exploration,” International Astronautical Congress, Prague, Czech Republic.

August 11, 2010: “Nature and spirit in extraterrestrial environments,” 7th International Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture, Toronto, Canada.

June 4, 2010: “Virtuality: theory and researcher,” Committee on the Origin and Evolution of Life, Space Studies Board (National Academy of Sciences), Washington, DC.

March 11, 2010: “Space exploration: good for the universe, good for the Earth, good for the nation, or good for business?”, National Council for Public History/American Society for Environmental History, Portland, OR.

February 23, 2010: “Socializing space flight,” Space Propulsion and Energy Systems International Forum (plenary session), Laurel, MD.

February 20, 2010: “Are we all there is? Astrobiology in culture,” American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Diego, CA (session organizer, cochair, presenter).

December 16, 2009: “Are we all there is? Astrobiology in culture,” American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (session organizer, cochair, presenter).

October 31, 2009: “Astrobiology, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and UFOlogy: in and out of bounds,” Society for Social Studies of Science, Arlington, VA (session organizer, chair, presenter).

October 24, 2009: “What’s in a word (or a picture)? Constructing and demolishing roadblocks to community,” NASA Ames Research Center Workshop, “Improving Minority Institution Collaborations at NASA,” Mountain View, CA.

October 28, 2008: “Fifty years of NASA and the public: What NASA? What public?”, NASA’s First 50 Years: A Historical Perspective,” Washington, DC.

September 18, 2008: “Thinking strategically about communication in planning for Mars Sample Return: considering public participation,” Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group, Monrovia, CA.

September 3, 2008: “Authority, credibility, and facts: UFOlogy and the alien abduction phenomenon,” Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.

July 14, 2008: “Science at the ends of the Earth: astrobiology field expeditions as outreach tools,” Committee on Space Research, Montreal, Canada.

July 14, 2008: “The narrative power of astrobiology: telling the story of the quest to understand life’s origins and the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life,” Committee on Space Research, Montreal, Canada.

June 30, 2008: “The rhetoric of space exploration: new worlds, new perspective(s),” Kenneth Burke Society triennial conference, Villanova University, Wayne, PA.

June 5, 2008: “Media, citizens, and space exploration: Conquest and exploitation, or discovery and understanding?”, U. Colorado conference, “Media, Spiritualities, and Social Change,” University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

April 15-17, 2008: Presentations, Astrobiology Science Conference, Santa Clara, CA: “Thinking strategically about communication: why astrobiologists should care”; “Innovative approaches to communicating about science on astrobiology field expeditions”; “Communication skills for astrobiologists (and astrobiologists-to-be).”

April 14, 2008: “Communicating About Astrobiology with Experts and Others: Why Graduate Students Should Care,” Astrobiology Graduate Conference, April 14, 2008, Santa Clara, CA.

Feb. 1, 2008: “Earth, life, space: the social construction of the biosphere and its expansion into the solar system,” International Assn. for Science, Technology, and Society, Baltimore, MD.

Dec. 12, 2007: Poster presentation, “Community, Identity, Service: Strategic Communication Planning For NASA’s Astrobiology Program,” American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Aug. 10, 2007: Poster presentation, “Sex! Aliens! Harvard? A Study of How Journalists Participate in Constructing Scientific Authority,” Assn. of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, DC.

Oct. 23, 2007: roundtable session (organizer and moderator), “What role has space exploration played in the cultural environment of the U.S. and the world?”, NASA-NASM history conference, “Remembering the Space Age,” Washington, DC.

Feb. 16, 2007: Session organizer/co-chair/presenter,“What is the value of space exploration? Lessons from history.” Presentation: “Conquest of the space frontier: ideology, advocacy, and exploration.” American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Francisco, CA.

Feb. 18, 2007: Session organizer/chair/presenter. “Who speaks for science? Scientific authority in the 21st century.” Presentation – “Sex! Aliens! Harvard? Journalists, Scientists, and Scientific Authority.” American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Francisco, CA.

Oct. 5, 2006: “Advancing public understanding by attitude adjustment: strategic communication about space science and exploration,” International Astronautical Congress, Valencia, Spain.

Oct. 4, 2006: “Motives and meanings: the role of the frontier metaphor in the discourse on space exploration,” International Astronautical Congress, Valencia, Spain.

April 1, 2006: “Crisis in Science Communication? Science, Journalism, and Public Understanding,” Crisis in Communications Conference, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

March 30, 2006: “Scientists are from Saturn, Journalists Are from Jupiter?” (panel organizer and speaker), Astrobiology Science Conference, Washington, D.C.

March 13, 2006: Guest lecture on participatory communication, graduate seminar on science policy, Department of Microbiology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

November 2005: State Department U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program representative, Budapest and Pecs, Hungary.

October 22, 2005: Workshop organizer and moderator, “Who Speaks for Science?”, National Association of Science Writers, Pittsburgh, PA.

August 31, 2005: Organizer and moderator, media workshop on planetary protection, Association for Politics and the Life Sciences, Washington, DC.

August 31, 2005: Panelist, “Bridging the Gap,” roundtable discussion of best practices in science communication; Association for Politics and the Life Sciences, Washington, D.C.

August 20, 2005: Presentation, “Communicating About Science with Experts and Others: Strategies that Work,” Astrobiology Graduate Conference, La Jolla, CA.

May 29, 2005: Poster paper, “The case of the deviant doctor: a rhetorical analysis of journalistic boundary-work,” International Communication Association, New York, NY.

March 18, 2005: Presentation, “Communication research for NASA’s planetary protection program: expanding the dialogue,” First International Conference on the Impact of Space on Society, International Academy of Astronautics, Budapest, Hungary.

March 18, 2005: Poster paper, “The frontier, the wilderness and the moral equivalent of war: metaphor and space exploration,” First International Conference on the Impact of Space on Society, International Academy of Astronautics, Budapest, Hungary.

December 16, 2004: Poster paper, “Communication Research for NASA’s planetary protection program: science, risk, models, strategy,” American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

August 2004: Poster paper, “Participatory Communication in Science and Technology Policy Making,” Gordon Research Conference on Science and Technology Policy, Big Sky, MT.

July 23, 2004: “Conference on Communicating Astronomy to the Public: Taking Action,” Committee on Space Research, Paris, France.

July 23, 2004: Presentation, “Public communication strategy for NASA’s planetary protection program: expanding the dialogue,” Committee on Space Research, Paris, France.

May 28, 2004: Presentation, “Communication strategy for NASA’s planetary protection program: a place for participation?”, International Communication Assn., New Orleans, LA.

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