Public Speaking and Communications Seminar

Monday, November 28
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sheraton, 3rd Floor, Beacon A

Tuesday, November 29
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hynes, Level 2, The Hub Stage—Hall D

Sunshine Menezes

Sunshine Menezes
Metcalf Institute

The ability to effectively convey and discuss the significance of scientific findings is an essential skill that can affect researchers’ interactions with their scientific peers, funders, the media, and public audiences. Likewise, non-scientific staff working on environmental topics at academic institutions and nonprofits often need to craft compelling messages for a wide range of audiences.

Sunshine Menezes provided attendees with an overview of why science communication matters within both professional and public contexts. This seminar also described the ingredients needed for effective science communication, best practices for crafting clear and compelling messages about scientific research, and activities and resources for honing communication skills.

  Sunshine Menezes has served as executive director of the Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI GSO) and associate director for communication in the URI GSO Office of Marine Programs since 2006. Prior to focusing her communication efforts on improving news coverage of the environment, she developed national and state-level environmental policy, first as a Dean John Knauss National Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellow with Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. and later as part of a multidisciplinary team at the URI Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant. Menezes received a B.S. in zoology from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, and was a Rhode Island Foundation Fellow from 2013-2014.

Menezes frequently gives lectures about the importance of science communication, working with the news media, and how to become a more effective science communicator.