Past #SciComm Speakers and Topics

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2019-20 Speakers and Topics

Using Popular Media to Combat Health Misinformation
Wednesday, March 11, from 3-4 p.m. in FLTC 204


Jessica Gold, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine

From Professional to Personal: Communication Tips from Children’s Mom Docs
Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 3-4 p.m. in FLTC 205


Jamie Kondis, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatrics Emergency Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine

Kendra Whittle
Media Relations Consultant
BJC Healthcare

Comics and Graphic Novels about Medicine: Healthcare Providers, Patients and the Medical System
Thursday, Jan. 16, from 3:00-4:00 pm in FLTC 205


Jessica Gross, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Taking it to the Masses: Building Science Outreach Programs
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 3-4 p.m. in Moore Auditorium


Cynthia Wichelman, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis

Erik Herzog, PhD
Professor of Biology
Washington University in St. Louis

Be Podcast-ic: Tips for hosting or guesting on a podcast
Thursday, Nov. 14, 3-4 p.m. in FLTC Room 203


Jim Dryden
Director of Broadcast & Podcasts
Medical Public Affairs
Washington University in St. Louis

Claire Gauen
Publications & Digital Outreach Initiatives Editor
Managing Producer of “Hold That Thought”
Arts & Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

2018-19 Speakers and Topics

Minding our Words: Communicating to Mitigate Negative Impact
Thursday, April 11, 4-5 p.m. in Connor Auditorium


Paola Rijos-Saitta, MSW, LCSW
Center Manager, Center for Community Health Partnership and Research
Institute for Public Health

Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD
Desmond Lee Professor Racial & Ethnic Diversity
Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

Empowering Your Audience through Visualization: Graphic, numerical, historical
Thursday, March 7, 4-5 p.m. in Connor Auditorium


Heather Corcoran
Professor of Design, Director of the College and Graduate School of Art
Washington University in St. Louis

Alvitta Ottley, PhD
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis

Communicating Prevention Messages
Thursday, Feb. 7, 4-5 p.m. in Connor Auditorium


Hank Dart, MS
Senior Health Communications Lead
Washington University School of Medicine

How to Promote Your Work with Social Media: Takeaways from Gun Violence Prevention and Stop the Bleed
Thursday, Dec. 6, 4-5 p.m. in Connor Auditorium


Laurie J. Punch, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Communicating Genetic Test Results
Thursday, Oct. 11, 4–5 p.m.,  in Moore Auditorium


Patricia Dickson, MD
Division Chief, Genetics and Genomic Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics

Sarah Hartz, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Jonathan W Heusel, MD, PhD
Professor, Pathology & Immunology; Professor, Department of Genetics

Jessica Mozersky, PhD, MBE
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences

2017-18 Speakers and Topics

Spring 2018 Series: Telling Your Story

Communicating Research with Lay Audiences
Thursday, Jan. 11, 4-5 p.m. 

Moore Auditorium
Technical Experts: Tim Poor, Health Comm. Research Laboratory and Dr. Denise Hooks-Anderson, Medical Accuracy Editor at The St. Louis American Newspaper
Faculty Expert: Dr. Will Ross, Associate Dean for Diversity and Professor of Medicine in Nephrology

Lost in Translation:  Communicating with a Multidisciplinary Scientific Audience
Thursday, Feb. 15

Connor Auditorium
Dr. Andrew Knight, Associate Professor, Olin Business School
Dr. Alan Schwartz, Alumni Endowed Professor of Pediatrics

Promoting Your Research to Non-NIH Funders
Communicating with foundations and investors can present unique challenges. Two WU researchers share their experiences in presenting to these important funding sources. 
Thursday, March 8
Connor Auditorium
Andrew Yee – Specialist in Interactive Surgery Education, Department of Surgery
Gwendalyn J. Randolph, PhD – Emil R. Unanue Distinguished Professor, Dept of Pathology & Immunology and Head of Immunology Graduate Program

Communicating Science to the Media
Thursday, April 12
Connor Auditorium
Elizabethe Holland Durando – Director of Medical News and Record Medical Editor, Office of Medical Public Affairs
Judy Martin Finch – Director of Media Relations, Office of Medical Public Affairs

Telling your Story in a “Post-Truth” World
(featuring a panel of guests from local media)
Thursday, May 17, 4-5 p.m.
Connor Auditorium

Fall 2017 Series: Crafting Your Story

Social Media for Promoting Science & Research
Thursday, Oct. 26

Technical Experts: Amy Suiter, Becker Library, and Dera Luce, Medical Public Affairs
Faculty Expert: Dr. Kenan Omurtag, OB/GYN

Preparing Dynamic & Engaging Presentations
Thursday, Nov. 9

Technical Expert: Mychal Voorhees, Becker Library
Faculty Expert: Dr. Victoria Fraser, Chair, Dept. of Medicine

Elevator Pitches – Stories in 3 Minutes or Less
Thursday, Dec. 7

Technical Expert: Sally Michael, Olin Business School
Faculty Expert: Dr. Indira Mysorekar, OB/GYN