Skip to main content

Howard University

Engaging Scientists Campus Events

Upcoming Events & Deadlines


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Register Here

Event: TEDxLeDroitPark 2019:
Translation to Transformation

(Open to the public)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

6:00 pm

Register Here

Public Engagement
Contest Deadline

EXTENDED: Tuesday, April 15, 2019

11:59 pm EST

Rules and submission

Public Engagement Contest

Submission Deadline EXTENDED: April 15, 2019, 11:59PM EST

This contest is to recognize ongoing or prospective science engagement by partner university STEM graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff that is focused on (or explicitly inclusive of) religious publics.

Eligible submissions must include:
    - Short essay describing the engagement activity
    - Support letter from collaborating community representative
    - Engagement product (finished or in progress)

Applicants must participate in a DoSER workshop in order to be eligible. Workshops will be offered at each partner university. A digital version of the workshop will also be available (forthcoming).

Up to four awards of $1,000 each per campus. 

Read the full rules, submission instructions, and other information here.

See creative science engagement examples here.

Professional Development Workshop: Science Communication and Engagement with Religious Publics

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Howard University, Interdisciplinary Research Building
2201 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 


About the Workshop

Are you involved in public science engagement, or thinking about it? Are you interested in promoting dialogue about science with a broader spectrum of individuals and communities? Are you concerned about effectively navigating tensions at the intersections of science, culture, and faith in your classroom, your laboratory or practice, on social media, in policy discussions, or in public settings?

Howard University graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and staff in STEM fields are invited to a workshop on Science Communication and Engagement with Religious Publics, developed as a collaboration between the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program and the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, both situated within the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

AAAS staff will lead participants through an overview of why it is important to consider religious cultures and identities in science engagement, and present some strategies and best practices for effective dialogue. The workshop will include moderated discussion and a small-group exercise to respond to a challenging question or scenario with peers. While the focus of the workshop is on dialogue with religious publics, the content is relevant and applicable to effective science communication with a broad range of audiences.


Participants will:

  1. learn why dialogue with religious/spiritual publics is important for effective public science engagement;
  2. discuss potential barriers to engagement with religious publics on genetic topics and issues;
  3. understand social science perspectives on science communication and faith in the US;
  4. apply approaches for effective engagement on challenging questions or topics.

The DoSER workshop will be offered at six universities around the US in 2019 as part of the Engaging Scientists in the Science and Religion Dialogue project.

Contact for more information.

Event: TEDxLeDroitPark 2019: Translation to Transformation

Free and open to the public

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00PM
Cramton Auditorium
Howard University (Washington, DC)



The inaugural TEDxLeDroitPark will spur conversations and dialogue through diverse talks and live performances. Centered on, “ideas worth spreading,” the theme, “Translation to Transformation" will be explored through live and recorded presentations on an incredible range of science in society topics (including precision medicine, astronomy and climate). Other highlights include the performing arts of music, song, dance and the spoken word.

Free to the public, this event offers the opportunity for all to come and participate in this interpersonal experience in the historical community of LeDroit Park in Washington, DC, a neighborhood, rich in its cultural diversity.

TEDxLeDroitPark is sponsored by the Whole Genome Science Foundation, Inc., in collaboration with the Howard University Graduate School, in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion (DoSER) program. Ethan Arnheim, President, LeDroit Park Civic Association, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for positive exposure and a chance to come together to experience local, national and global perspectives in our community.”



Dr. John Carpten, Professor and Chair, Translational Genomics and Director, Institute of Translational Genomics, is an internationally recognized expert of genome science. He has training in multiple disciplines including germline genetics for disease risk and predisposition, somatic cancer genomics, health disparities research, cell biology, functional genomics, and precision medicine.


Dr. Jarita Holbrook, astronomer and Associate Professor, University of Western Cape, is an expert on African Indigenous Astronomy. Her work examines the relationship between humans and the night sky, and she has produced scientific publications on cultural astronomy, starburst galaxies, and star formation regions.


Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, Director, Atmospheric Sciences Program and Professor, Department of Geography, University of Georgia’s (UGA), is a leading international expert in weather and climate. He uses remote sensing, weather-climate modeling, and risk-vulnerability approaches to address challenges such as urban flooding, energy-food-water nexus, weather-climate risk, and communication-warnings.

For more information about the speakers and performers, click here.