support for science and technology is imperative to science
funding. Public recognition of scientists as trusted sources
of unbiased information is critical to maintain the respect
for science in the American culture. Scientists must play
leadership roles in describing science and its consequences
to citizens, decision makers, and taxpayers. Most federal
programs that support science ask for, or require, scientists
to propose to engage in topics labeled “broader impacts
(NSF)” or “education and public outreach (NASA).”
The current state of graduate, and undergraduate, education
programs that prepare scientists do not place much emphasis
on communication and leadership skills.
This workshop will
provide a forum for describing current effective practice
and offering recommendations for improved future practice.