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Senior Symposium 2017

The Office of Undergraduate Research invites all members of the campus and community to celebrate the scholarly and artistic endeavors of members of the Class of 2017 at the eighth annual Senior Symposium beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28.

Photo by Jennifer Manna

Photo of the Week: On April 27, Oberlin College is looking for 1,000 donors from the Oberlin community to go “All In” for Oberlin. For this fundraising challenge, Chris Canavan ’84 promises to match every donation with an additional $100. To support the effort, Ed Helms ’96 enthusiastically joins third-years Khalil Rivers and Sunshine Figlio and first-year Jacob Britton in a video about the giving challenge. Watch the video.
The day’s events during All In will be livestreamed and include a full day of programming such as student musical performances, the comedic stylings of a student improv group, and conversations with faculty. Comment »

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Writing Science Truth

Harnessing the momentum from the March for Science rallies held across the nation on April 22, faculty from the sciences and the Rhetoric and Composition Program hosted “Truth to Power: Writing Science to Your Local Representative,” as part of a week of action dedicated to scientific advocacy. Held in the Science Center’s Bent Corridor, the event included write-in stations for such topics as such immigration and science, funding for the Great Lakes, and support for basic scientific research.

“Writing to your representative is one of the best ways to be heard in the political sphere,” says Rebecca Whelan, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. “Your personal experience and why the issue matters to others in the representative's district are key.”

According to event organizers, effective communication efforts of this kind are direct, free of jargon, and based in evidence. Any communication with local representatives, no matter how brief, is important. “Even if it's only in the form of writing a postcard, every show of support matters,” says Whelan.

“Truth to Power” facilitators will continue to organize around the topic of science communication. The group is planning the symposium “Translating Science,” for fall 2017. For this, they plan to invite alumni who work in science policy, journalism, and communication.


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