2, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
During our scientific training we spend much time preparing ourselves for writing scientific papers, proposals and teaching students. In contrast we spend very little time (almost none) on preparing ourselves to communicate our ideas to the public, and these are extremely different tasks. This is truly unfortunate since our communications to the public are becoming a more important and essential part of our outreach efforts. In this presentation I will describe a new NSF-funded effort to develop a new website (funsizephysics.com) which makes it particularly straightforward to develop graphically pleasing web-based presentations to the public. While it is certainly not easy to design a good and informative page which gets across the excitement and importance of your research in an accessible way, working within your research group can make the process easier and at the same time help to train your students. Funsizephysics now makes it easy to have multiple authors for a page. Have a graduate student draft their work and then have other members critique the good points and bad points of the web page. Then iterate with an eye to improving the presentation. In this presentation we will provide some simple guidelines and hints which we think can help your outreach efforts.
We acknowledge the support of the National Science Foundation through grants DMR-1725823 and DMR-1726026.