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Title: Enhancing Graduate Student Communication to General Audiences through Blogging about Nanotechnology and Sustainability

We have developed and assessed a multiauthor science blog on the topic of nanotechnology and sustainability as a tool to improve the written communication and public engagement skills of graduate students. Focus group studies revealed that after participation in the blog, student authors felt more confident and capable of communicating technical topics to general audiences. Students' research mentors viewed this as an important component of their students' education, as indicated by survey data. Important design aspects of this effort include participation of an editor as well as having flexible content and target-audience guidelines. We have explicitly outlined aspects of the effort we see as critical in order to enable others to replicate this model in related settings.
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Education, 91(10):1600-1605
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
Graduate Education/Research; Curriculum; Public Understanding/Outreach; Communication/Writing; Internet/Web-Based Learning; Professional Development; Nanotechnology