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11/8/19 - Sign up today for communicating science seminar

The need for scientists to communicate their research effectively reaches far beyond the bench or the discipline. The Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State University will host a "Tips and Tricks to Effectively Convey a Scientific Message" seminar on Nov. 20. Interested faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to register for this free seminar at

Jason Organ, an assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, will lead the seminar. He is also co-editor and writer for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) Communication Blog. Follow him online at @OrganJM.

This event will kick off with a general session at 8:30 a.m., and be followed by a breakout session. One of the breakout sessions will begin at 9:45 a.m. with the other starting at 1 p.m. Participants may choose which breakout session to attend. The seminar will be held in Colvard Student Union's Foster Ballroom in sections S and U.

During his presentation, Organ will discuss the importance of storytelling and empathy in science communication, and his experiences training more than 500 scientists to be more effective communicators. Additionally, he will facilitate hands-on breakout sessions designed to teach the importance of connecting with an audience and distilling a message to make communication of science meaningful and effective to those who are not only inside, but also outside the discipline.

Organ earned his Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in Functional Anatomy and Evolution from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed research papers on evolutionary and mechanical adaptations of bone and muscle in scientific journals and over 40 peer-reviewed teaching modules in digital human anatomy references.

He recently completed a three-year term as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Association for Anatomy (AAA), where he advocated for the importance of effective science communication and public outreach at the association level, with an emphasis on connecting with policymakers to ensure sufficient federal funding for science. Last year, he received the prestigious AAA Basmajian Award for excellence in teaching gross anatomy and outstanding accomplishments in biomedical research and scholarship in education.

Additional information about ORED's Fall 2019 seminars is available at

Contact Lynn Taylor at or 662-325-3168 with questions.

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