Johnson County Community College

Epicenter 2018

Johnson County Community College

Monday, April 23, 2018
Epicenter logoRegnier Center, Capitol Federal Conference Center (RC 101)
(First sessions in Hudson Auditorium)
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Celebrated author and environmental journalist Andrew Revkin will present the keynote address at this year’s JCCC Epicenter Conference on Monday, April 23.

The conference is part of Earth Week events sponsored by the Center for Sustainability at Johnson County Community College. The event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Lunch is also included.

Keynote speaker

After more than 30 years spent covering climate change and other sustainability challenges, mostly for The New York Times, Andrew Revkin moved this year to the National Geographic Society. As strategic adviser for environmental and science journalism, he is helping expand grants and support for storytelling focused on smoothing the human journey and conserving wildlife on our fast-changing planet.

Revkin's Epicenter talk is titled “What’s the Story with Climate Change?” 

Featured speaker

Skylar Bayer became an overnight sensation in the world of scallop sex (and tongue-in-cheek media) when “The Colbert Report” shed light on her research project delving into the sex lives of sea creatures. She maintains that knowledge of fish and shellfish reproduction is the only way to assure sustainability in the fishing industry. She’s now a Knauss Policy Fellow at the University of Maine.

Communicating Science

Representatives from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science will share techniques for making difficult scientific concepts more relatable. The center, located at Stony Brook University in New York, runs a “boot camp” where scientists learn to improve their communication skills regarding the fields they are researching. This outreach program is for anyone who wants to share a love of science.