FOSEP Meeting Recap and Upcoming Events

It was great to see such a varied group at our Introductory Meeting yesterday.  We had around 31 people, and were excited to see new faces. Welcome!  We had an interesting discussion about communication in science: the ways we talk about / distill research, how science is reported and viewed by the public, and what our responsibilities might be. We also discussed using narrative in science and trying to meet people, respectfully, where they are at.

For those of you who were at the meeting and didn’t have time to write things down, and those who couldn’t make it, we wanted to provide information about upcoming FOSEP and FOSEP-like events.

Upcoming FOSEP Events

  • Washington Initiative 522: Labeling Genetically Modified Foods: Should you be concerned? Monday October 28th 6:00 – 7:00 PM (Refreshments from 5:30 – 6:00) at the  Husky Union Building Room 322.  We will be co-hosting this panel discussion with the Graduate and Professional Student Senate’s Science and Policy.
  • Book Club / Discussion.  Wednesday November 20th 6:00 – 7:00 PM at Schultzy’s on the Ave. We will be discussing Letters to a Young Scientist by E.O. Wilson.  You don’t have to have read the entire book to attend!  Please come if interested.
  • Gene Patents Lunch Discussion.  Wednesday December 11th 12:00 – 1:15 Location TBD.  We will be discussing gene patents, in particular the recent Supreme Court Myriad Legislation on patents of the breast cancer gene.

Upcoming FOSEP-like Events

  • Science on Stage   Saturday 10/12 and Sunday 10/13. Join Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) for Science on Stage – a creative pairing of science and theater. Presented in association with Seattle Public Theater.
  • Hive Bio Community Lab Opening – Friday October 18th 7:00 – 11:30 PM.  This is a citizen science collaborative lab.
  • BioScience Careers has a series of seminars which may be of interest to FOSEP members.  The first is Thursday October 10th about mentorship in science.

We would like to plan future events that you are interested in. In our pre-meeting survey,   we found that over 70% of you were interested in Communication, over 64% were interested in Policy, and over 58% were interested in Education.  We will try to plan events that interest you, as shown the word cloud shows the free-response interests in climate change, healthcare and healthcare policy, as well as genetic testing.

Please email us at leaders@fosep.org with ideas or questions.

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