Entomology 2018 Workshops


Breaking Down the Border Between Readers and Writers: How to Improve Your Scientific Writing

Sunday, November 11
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee: $10 USD │ $12.50 CAD SOLD OUT
Online registration limited to the first 80 participants. Advance registration is the only way to guarantee a seat and you must be checked into the workshop at the start of the session or your seat will be given away. In order to guarantee a full session, attendees without tickets will be accommodated into the training on a first-come, first-served basis.

Writing is a key skill for scientific success, because in an increasingly connected and global world, it is critical that researchers are able to clearly communicate their research to a variety of audiences. But at all stages of their careers, scientists struggle with writing – in part because many of us lack formal training in this area. This struggle may be felt most intensely by early career professionals and students. 
The goal of this workshop is to help participants gain comfort and skill with key components of the writing process through interactive activities and discussion. Participants will be able to bring these skills back to their home institutions to help improve their research. The workshop will be led by Dr. Stephen Heard, author of “The Scientist’s Guide to Writing: How to Write More Easily and Effectively throughout your Scientific Career” and the blog “Scientist Sees Squirrel”. 

The workshop will be loosely based around the content of “The Scientist’s Guide to Writing” and lessons from an interactive writing course that Dr. Heard is currently teaching. The general style of the workshop will be brief lectures on topics, followed by group activities and discussion to support the learning objectives of each topic.

Creating Safe and Productive Environments for All Entomologists through Inclusive Leadership

Tuesday, November 13
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $5 USD │ $6.25 CAD  SOLD OUT
Online registration limited to the first 30 participants.

This interactive 2-hour workshop will teach participants to identify bias, improve communication skills, and foster inclusive workplaces. An evidence-based approach that includes empowerment, accountability, courage, and humility will be demonstrated. The skills learned will result in appreciation of diverse, inclusive, and supportive professional entomological environments to maximize scientific productivity.

Exploiting the Dynamism of R Software to Help Entomologists Adapt to a Changing World: Crossing the Border from R Admirer to R User

Wednesday, November 14
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee: $10 USD │ $12.50 CAD SOLD OUT
Online registration limited to the first 50 participants.

Visualizing data and using statistics appropriately and effectively are skills that cut across subdisciplines. The R Statistical Software is a free, open-source programming language that has been collaboratively developed among the international community, and whose versatility and power allow unmatched freedom and the ability to tackle a wider range of problems than most other platforms. This workshop is intended for beginners who would like to learn R Software. It will be co-taught by entomologists Dr. Robert Zinna (University of Arizona) and Dr. Keaton Wilson (University of Arizona), emphasizing active-learning modules to delve into the versatility of R and equip participants with resources to continue learning. These modules cover both the basic syntax needed to operate R for complete beginners as well as how to leverage the power of the R language to simplify complex analyses and produce stunning data visualizations. Sample code for a variety of data visualizations and statistical procedures will be provided to participants so that they can continue leveraging the power of R when they return to their home institutions, as well as a roadmap that includes tutorials, recommended readings, and websites for participants to continue their own journey with this software. Register now to take advantage of this opportunity! 

Extension Entomology Share Fair

Tuesday, November 13
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Advance registration not required.

Come one, come all! The Share Fair is an event that highlights Extension activities of all kinds – anyone who embraces the “do-it-yourself” or “do-it-together” spirit is welcome. This workshop is for anyone interested in improving extension and outreach activities using dynamic delivery methods. Or, maybe you just want to learn a little more about what Extension does and its purpose. The Share Fair workshop is not only an opportunity to see what Extension entomologists do to engage stakeholders, but it is your chance to try it out. So, come see the nerd, #BeTheNerd! View the promotional video.

STEMbugs 2018 Stop-and-Share, Get-and-Go Workshop

Tuesday, November 13
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Advance registration not required.

ESA's Education and Outreach Committee presents an activity smorgasbord for society members and local educators, alike. Bring along your best interactive education/outreach idea to share with peers and teachers. Stroll around this workshop setup in the back of the exhibit hall and gather for yourself a variety of hands-on activities to use in your youth presentations.

Story Circle Demo Day (with Randy Olson)

Monday, November 12
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: $10 USD │ $12.50 CAD
Active participant registration limited to the first 50 participants. An additional complimentary 20 observer seats available at the door, first-come, first-served.

Story Circles is a new form of communication training for research scientists and communicators, applicable to everything from grant proposals to research papers to oral presentations. Invest in yourself and reserve a seat for the DEMO Day to build your communication skills.

The program consists of two parts:

  • DEMO DAY - a one day event for up to 50 participants which provides an introduction and explanation of what is involved in committing to the full program, and then;
  • STORY CIRCLES* - the training itself which consists of 10 one-hour sessions spread over three months. Story Circles was created by scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson, author of three books on science communication including the recent, “Houston, We Have A Narrative” from University of Chicago Press. It is built around the ABT Framework developed by Olson and to date has involved over 1,000 scientists and communicators from a range of universities and government agencies including USDA, National Park Service, NASA, USGS and US Fish and Wildlife Service.
*After November 12, participants will have the option to sign up for a weekly Story Circles group. The workshop registration fee will be applied to the 10-week story circles fee. An additional $190 USD ($240 CND) will be collected after the meeting for participants who wish to continue with story circles. 

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