Translating our Science: Internship prepares scientists in training to communicate with the public
In a recent article in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science (JCTS), a Medical University of South Carolina team describes an internship in the College of Graduate Studies (CGS) that aims to build lay communication skills in scientists in training. The internship is a collaboration between the CGS, the Office of Communications and Marketing, and the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR).
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder of the importance of keeping lines of communication open between scientists and the lay public and the dangers of failing to do so.
“Communication and trust between scientists and the lay public is not as good as it could be,” said Kimberly McGhee, Ph.D., SCTR science writer, CGS director of science communication initiatives and lead author of the article. “We’re trying to teach scientists in training to provide good, solid information about science in a lay-friendly way to address gaps and restore trust.”