#SciComm Thursdays – Communicating Your Science

What good is discovery if you can’t share it?

Join us for a monthly series all about Communicating Your Science featuring WashU faculty and staff, plus expert guests from the St. Louis community. Hear valuable perspectives on crafting and disseminating stories about science for any audience, including grantors, scientists from other fields, the public and the media.

All members of the WashU and medical center community are welcome to attend!

Registration is encouraged but not required (see links and schedule below).

Contact Mychal Voorhees at (314) 362-4734 or mychal.voorhees@wustl.edu with questions.

2018-19 #SciComm Thursdays Series

Minding our Words: Communicating to Mitigate Negative Impact

Thursday, April 11, 4-5 p.m. in Connor Auditorium

During our conversation, we will discuss communication strategies that address bias, macroaggressions, lack of understanding and origins of colloquialism.



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

Register (optional)

Additional 2018-19 dates will be announced soon!

Topics include:

  • Cultural considerations and cultural competency in science comm
  • Team science and communicating across disciplines
  • Communicating prevention messages
  • Communicating to lay audiences
  • Visualizing science
  • Social media

Previous 2018-19 Sessions:

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


Recap of 2017-18 Speakers and Topics

Download recorded 2017-18 presentations from Digital Commons@Becker

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


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