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Connecting Cancer Researchers with the Local Community

Seminar (BIOMS 5665)

We offer a class each spring titled Cancer-Based Cancer Research Presentations and Discussions (BIOMS 5665). This is one course of the 4 course curriculum that leads to a Graduate Certificate of Engagement in Public Communication of Science & Technology.

One speaker noted that the class is perhaps the most diverse class at Cornell – we have community members with cancer, family members, doctoral students in the basic sciences, premeds, health administration students, bioengineering students, and more.

The 2019 class will meet on Wednesday Evenings from 5:15 – 6:30 and offers a combination of guest lectures, student presentations, and sessions on science communication. Class syllabus for Spring 2019 

Special considerations for community members in the class

  •  Do not ask for medical advice. The students are not physicians, and the physicians who do attend are not there for that purpose.
  • Ask questions. Part of the rationale for the course is to give students practice in explaining science to the public.
  • If you have a science background, remember that we’d rather learn about the science from the students and faculty.
  • Remember that the students are students. Be supportive and kind.
  • Do not focus exclusively on your own cancer.
  • We encourage community members to share their own cancer experiences throughout the semester, but do nt overshare. These are not medical students. They do not need to know every detail.
  • Bring positive energy to the class.

Special considerations for students in the class

  • Be professional. Always follow-through with your commitments.
  • Be engaged during the class. Don’t go through your email or otherwise distract yourself and your neighbors.
  • Know that it is ok to ask questions to community members. We want to share with you.
  • Bring positive energy to the class.


Previous Class Materials

Class syllabus for Spring 2018

Class syllabus for Spring 2017

Course Description 2018


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