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Wednesday, September 26 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Let's Get Engaged! Landmark Research Revealed at SMASH

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Two landmark science media studies release their results at SMASH: one about capturing that Holy Grail of audiences: millennials; the other on the most effective science stories. Then several science foundations disclose how they measure impact & engagement. How do institutions calculate Return on Investment when funding a project?

Speakers
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Greg Boustead

Program Director, Science Sandbox, Simons Foundation
With a background in neuroscience, film, and journalism, Greg Boustead brings sophisticated science content to general audiences, across many platforms. In 2015, he helped launch Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to inspiring a deeper interest in science, especially among those who don't think of themselves as science enthusiasts. As program director, Boustead oversees the initiative's strategy and funding decisions. He also leads the group's documentary film work. Before joi... Read More →
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Valentine Kass

Program Director, National Science Foundation
Valentine Kass has had an eclectic career in film and television, including being one of the first women Producer/Directors at KQED in San Francisco, the first Director of the Navy Pier IMAX Theater, and the Founding Director of the American Children’s Television Festival.  During... Read More →
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Ru Mahoney

Science and Impact Producer
Ru Mahoney is a Science and Impact Producer. She advocates evidence-based strategies for filmmakers tackling the world’s most important science, conservation, and social issues. Her work developing interdisciplinary collaborations has been supported by numerous non-traditional media... Read More →
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Sue Ellen McCann

Executive in Charge of Science, KQED
Sue Ellen McCann is the Executive in Charge of Science at KQED, the public broadcasting station in San Francisco. The KQED team is the largest science journalism unit in California producing science news and features for TV, radio, web and social media as well as professional development... Read More →
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Louis S. Nadelson

Department Chair for Leadership Studies, College of Education at University of Central Arkansas
Louis S. Nadelson, PhD is the department chair for Leadership Studies in the College of Education at University of Central Arkansas.  Dr. Nadelson holds a B.S in biological and physical sciences from Colorado State University, a B.A. with a concentration in mathematics and computer... Read More →
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Dustin Renwick

Program Officer, Storytelling Grants, National Geographic Society
Dustin Renwick is the program officer for storytelling grants at the National Geographic Society. He advises potential applicants on project ideas, and he provides initial reviews for all storytelling grant submissions. Renwick previously served as the communication lead for the innovation... Read More →

Session Producers
avatar for Ru Mahoney

Ru Mahoney

Science and Impact Producer
Ru Mahoney is a Science and Impact Producer. She advocates evidence-based strategies for filmmakers tackling the world’s most important science, conservation, and social issues. Her work developing interdisciplinary collaborations has been supported by numerous non-traditional media... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Yawkey Theater 1 Guest St, Boston MA 02135
  • moderator Ru Mahoney