OWW recently joined The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS), a growing grassroots network of universities, scientific societies, science centers and museums, government agencies, advocacy groups, media, schools, educators, businesses, and industry — basically, anyone who cares about science and is concerned about national scientific literacy. COPUS and its participants lead the way in the celebration of the Year of Science 2009 (YoS09) — a national, year-long celebration of science to engage the public and improve public understanding about how science works, why it matters, and who scientists are. Read more about the Coalition’s activities here.
Natalie Kuldell, OWW member and an instructor in Biological Engineering at MIT, is coordinating the Boston-area COPUS hub. The hub is open to anyone who is interested in networking and partnering with great institutions around town (such as WGBH, Boston’s Museum of Science, and lots of others) to cross-promote activities like Science Cafes, DIY bio groups, and work on the Encyclopedia of Life/Encyclopedia of Species. If you’d like to see science moved from the fringe to center stage, COPUS is a great place to get involved.
Feel free to email Natalie (nkuldell at mit dot edu) for more information about the Boston hub. Participation is open to anyone in the science community in the Boston area (or anyone within driving distance), the more the merrier! After hosting a great kick-off meeting in early May, the Boston COPUS Hub will be holding its second mixer event on July 29th at the WGBH studios in Somerville to preview the summer NovaNOW series. In addition, the Boston folks have a third mixer and showcase planned for Sept 26th at the MIT Museum as part of its anniversary celebration. If you’re not in the Boston area, there may be a COPUS hub in your area.
Natalie writes, “My experiences with this group have been inspiring. There are so many incredible folks involved, doing exciting educational and engaging work. Hope you’ll consider joining the fun!”