Jory Weintraub, PhD

Duke Summer Doctoral Academy

Together Duke is pleased to announce the creation of the Duke Summer Doctoral Academy, a two-week program of short courses designed to introduce doctoral students to skills, tools, and knowledge that augment their regular coursework and help them prepare for dissertation research, innovative teaching, leadership, and/or public engagement. All Course Offerings Learn More & How to Apply

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Courses in the Duke Summer Doctoral Academy will cover topics that are not typically included in a doctoral curriculum and will be led by Duke professors as well as working professionals. There are 22 courses offered this year on a broad range of subjects, including How To Build An App, How To Conduct Oral History Interviews, How To Work More Effectively In Teams, and How To Communicate Science More Effectively.

The Summer Academy welcomes all Duke doctoral students, in all of Duke’s schools, at any stage of their doctoral studies. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses and all are offered at no charge. All we ask is that you come to each class having prepared in advance and being ready to engage.


Programming Authored Through Science & Society

June 7 – 18, MWF 9:30am – 12pm EST

Scientists speak and think differently from non-scientists, often to their own great frustration when they try to communicate effectively with media, policymakers and the general public. Why do we struggle to communicate, and what can we do to ease the problem? If we want to be ambassadors for science, we’re going to have to brush up on the language and culture of the non-science community.

In this mini-course, we will present both the theory and practice of effective science communication in written, oral, visual and social media channels. Topics include the empirical benefits of communicating science; development of speaking, writing, and storytelling practices for diverse audiences; answering difficult, controversial, and critical questions; and tweeting, blogging, and presenting research to engage non-scientists, including potential funders and policymakers.

The course is led by Karl Bates and Jory Weintraub. Karl is a science journalist and Director of Research Communications at Duke’s University Communications Office. He also runs the Duke Research Blog. Jory is Science Communication Director for the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. Jory is also a biologist (Ph.D. in Immunology from UNC-Chapel Hill) who has focused his career on science communication, education, and outreach.


May 24 – 28, 9:30am – 12:15pm EST

Our goal is to help students understand the process of science policy making. Topics include government regulation of science; technology, expression, and power within the context of Section 230, antitrust, and the US-China Tech Cold War; the mis- and dis-information crisis; cybersecurity and data privacy; and the science publication industry.

This course is taught by Michael “Buz” Waitzkin, Deputy Director of Science & Society; Matt Perault, Director of the Center on Science & Technology Policy; David Hoffman, Steed Family Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity Policy; and Scott Brennan and Misha Angrist of Science & Society.

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