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Engaging Scientists Campus Events

Upcoming Events & Deadlines


November 8, 2018

Registration Closed
Panel Discussion
(Open to the public)

November 8, 2018

Registration Closed

Public Engagement
Contest Deadline

March 1, 2019

11:59 pm EST

Rules and submission

Public Engagement Contest

Submission Deadline: March 1, 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

Friday, November 9, 2018, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
LBJ Student Center
Texas State University (San Marco, TX)


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?

Texas State University graduate students, faculty and staff in STEM fields are invited to a free 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 on 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.

This workshop is part of an all-day “Engaging Scientists in the Science and Religion Dialogue” Campus Event, hosted by the Texas State University Department of Philosophy on November 9th, 2018. 


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.

Panel Discussion: How AI Influences Our Understanding of Human Intelligence (And Vice Versa)

Free and open to the public

Friday, November 9, 2019, 12:30 - 3:45 pm
LBJ Teaching Theater
Texas State University (San Marcos, TX)


Speaker: Maithilee Kunda 

Dr. Maithilee Kunda is assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University. Her work in artificial intelligence, in the area of cognitive systems, looks at how visual thinking contributes to learning and intelligent behavior, with a focus on applications for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Adrian Campos, Communications Director at LifeFamily, was the respondent to Dr. Kunda.


Panel Discussion: Science Engagement with Religious Publics



  • Dr. Michelle Edwards, Professor of Sociology, Texas State University
  • Dr. Christopher Serenari, Professor of Biology, Texas State University
  • Dr. Harold Stern, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University
  • Pastor Toff Salmi, United Campus Ministry, Texas State University