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West Virginia Local Science Engagement Network

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and early career scientists from WVU are launching the West Virginia Local Science Engagement Network (LSEN).

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Our Vision

The West Virginia Local Science Engagement Network (LSEN) seeks to increase the quality of life for West Virginians by fostering collaborations between scientists and communities across the state. The West Virginia LSEN is a voluntary effort being launched by scientists and engineers at West Virginia University. This team believes that connecting scientists with West Virginia communities can lead to evidence-based solutions that address the most pressing issues across West Virginia.

The West Virginia LSEN will:

  1. Recruit and cultivate a network of scientists and engineers across the state;
  2. Provide training and professional development opportunities meant to increase the positive societal impact of network advocates' research and outreach; and
  3. Host engaging activities and events to empower West Virginians to participate in the scientific process, gain access to scientists and scientific information, and use science to address the needs and desires of their communities.

Join the West Virginia LSEN Now!

Are you a scientist or science enthusiast interested in becoming an LSEN advocate? Join The West Virginia LSEN through AAAS in two steps:

1.) Create a AAAS ID           2.) Join the West Virginia LSEN

Meet Our Leadership Team

Brooke

Brooke Eastman

Co-LSEN Liaison,  "Network Weaver," Strategic Planning


WVU Davis College (Forestry)

be0011@mix.wvu.edu

"By creating bridges between scientists and the public, I believe that the West Virginia LSEN can help address societal needs in West Virginia while broadening the impact of scientists in our state."

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Robin Oliverio

Co-LSEN Liaison, Graduate Student Engagement


WVU Heath Sciences (Neuroscience)

rboliverio@mix.wvu.edu

"Over the past decade, West Virginia has become my home. Making myself available as a scientific resource and open to feedback from West Virginians is a great priority of mine."

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Barrett-Anne Briggs

Communications Manager, Webmistress

WVU Eberly (Biology) 

bcb00015@mix.wvu.edu

"WVLSEN facilitates communication between community members which I find to a be a valuable necessity for our society."

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Kevin Orner

Partnership Management, Science Engagement Training


WVU Engineering Research

kevin.orner@mail.wvu.edu

"I find West Virginia LSEN valuable because I believe the impact of WVU can be multiplied by listening to and engaging with people throughout the state." 

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Brenden McNeil

Scientist Recruitment, Funding Opportunities Management


WVU Eberly (Geology & Geography)

Brenden.McNeil@mail.wvu.edu

"I find the idea of LSEN valuable because it gives me hope for our fractured society. Engaging with science means engaging with an inclusive method of discovering shared truths about the place we all call home." 

Amy

Amy Metheny

Community Partnership Management,
Event Planning


WVU Davis College (Plant & Soil Science)

ammetheny@mail.wvu.edu

"As a 10th-generation West Virginian and a scientist, I'm excited to be involved in the West Virginia LSEN. Communicating our work as researchers to the public in a way that allows them to use that information to improve their lives is absolutely vital to our Land Grant mission at WVU."

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William Peterjohn

Event Planning, STEAM collaborations,
Issues Management


WVU Eberly (Biology)

william.peterjohn@mail.wvu.edu


Upcoming Events

Training Opportunities

Civic Science 101 Webinar

Tuesday, March 5, 12 pm - 1 pm. Virtual. 

This webinar will introduce Civic Science to STEM professionals in West Virginia, and all are welcome!
We will discuss local civic engagement, using Morgantown, WV, as an example of local government structure and opportunities to engage.
Register for Civic Science 101 Webinar


Storytell Your Science Workshop Series

With the West Virginia Storyteller Guild

Workshop 1: I Have a Story to Tell

March 20, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm in the Mountainlair

Introduction to storytelling as a means of communicating ideas and networking.
Registration information coming soon.

Workshop 2: Workshopping Our Science Stories

April 18, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm in the Mountainlair

Practice sharing your "science" story and get feedback from local storytellers in a small group setting. Participants who complete both workshops will be invited to share their stories at the public event below. Register for Storytelling Workshop

Storytelling Science Open Mic

April 25, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Morgantown Brewing Company

Newly trained science storytellers and seasoned storytellers will share their stories in an open mic setting at a local establishment in Morgantown.


How to Communicate With Your Civic Leaders

April, 2024. In-person on WVU Morgantown campus

Learn about different outlets for communicating with your civic leaders. Gain expert tips on how to craft your message for the greatest impact. Details and registration information coming soon.



West Virginia LSEN Topical Webinars

Every other month, we will host webinars on topics related to challenges and opportunities in West Virginia that are rooted in science and technology. Details TBA.

Coming Soon!

LSEN Learning Forum

Starting in 202: Every other month, we will hear from one of the six AAAS  LSEN liaisons who will present virtual webinars on various topics related to local science engagement skills building. Details TBA. 

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