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NUPF Science Communication Career Event

Modified: June 7, 2017

NUPF and CGSA Present:
The Disseminators of Science - A Discussion of Science Communication Career Opportunities
This event aims to provide graduate students and postdocs who are interested in transitioning to careers in science communication with an opportunity to (1) hear about the career paths taken by experts in the field, (2) learn how to find career opportunities and what skills are necessary to transition to this industry, and (3) network with professionals from the local and national science communication sector.

The event will start with a short introductory talk by Sara Grady, editor of Helix Magazine and Communications Specialist at Northwestern, followed by two keynote talks from Gail Teitzel, PhD, Editor at Trends in Microbiology, and Lovett Evan Reddick, PhD, Medical Science Liaison for AstraZeneca. The talks will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the three speakers and additional participants including: Jessica Turner-Skoff, PhD: Science Communicator and Treeologist at Morton Arboretum; Lisa Qu, PhD: Medical Writer at Weber Shandwick - Element Scientific Communications - Northwestern alum; and Julie Wang, PhD: Medical Writer at AbbVie - Northwestern alum. The event will conclude with a networking reception.

NOTE: Registration is mandatory to ensure a high quality of interactions.

Friday, June 23rd, 2017 from 4 to 6 PM (CDT)

Prentice Women's Hospital - Northwestern Memorial Hospital - 250 E Superior St - 3rd floor - Room L North - Chicago, IL 60611

Registration is open! (limited to 150 participants)


The program at a glance:
4-5 pm: Short talks by Sara Grady, Gail Teitzel, and Lovett Evan Reddick
5-6 pm: Panel discussion
6-7 pm: Networking happy hour

Speaker and Panelist Bios:
Sara Grady: Sara Grady's interests bridge connections between science and culture, from public discourse and policy to art-science collaborations. As a writer, editor, teacher and producer she creates inspiring content in collaboration with fascinating people. She is editor of the online magazine HELIX, judges the DGP Science and Society writing awards, and co-teaches Skills & Careers in Science Writing, a graduate level course in writing for public audiences. Sara studied Interdisciplinary Engineering at the University of Michigan and earned her Masters in Cultural Studies while on a fellowship at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Gail Teitzel, PhD: Gail Teitzel is the Editor of Trends in Microbiology and a Senior Managing Trends Editor at Cell Press. She spends her days identifying current trends in microbiology, developmentally editing manuscripts, and determining and enacting a strategy for the journal. Gail earned her PhD at Northwestern University and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago. She joined Cell Press as an editor in 2007 and became Editor of Trends in Microbiology in 2010.

Lovett Evan Reddick, PhD: Lovett Evan Reddick grew up in rural East Tennessee where he attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on an athletic scholarship. After graduating with a BS in Biochemistry, he stayed at Tennessee and earned dual PhDs in Biochemistry and Biophysics; his research sought to understand the mechanism of chloroplast protein import and resulted in publications in Plant Cell, Nano Letters, JBC, and MCB. During his PhD, he worked as a scientific consultant for Jupiter Entertainment and founded and operated his own brewery. Dr. Reddick currently resides in Houston, TX and is responsible for Head and Neck, GI, and GU malignancies with a focus on immuno-oncology for US Medical Affairs. 

Jessica Turner-Skoff, PhD: Jessica started as a 'Treeologist' at The Morton Arboretum in January 2016 after completing her dissertation in Biology (aka, the 23rd grade.) At The Morton Arboretum, she plays a unique role in communicating, consulting, and promoting science and conservation with numerous stakeholders and audiences. While centered in the Science and Conservation Department, she supports the mission of The Morton Arboretum by working closely with Education, Collections, and Marketing to help catalyze tree advocacy by creatively making tree science, horticulture, and conservation relevant and accessible.

Lisa Qu, PhD: Lisa is a Scientific Communications Associate on the Element Scientific Communications team at WeberShandwick, a global communications agency. Lisa supports a variety of health, science and technology clients, where her work focuses on developing creative and scientifically sound digital communications content.

Julie Wang, PhD: Julie graduated with a PhD in Microbiology from Dr. Alan Hauser's lab at Northwestern University in early 2016 . Her thesis work was on identifying novel virulence factors using transposon sequencing in Acinetobacter baumannii. Julie has been with AbbVie as a Senior Medical Writer for about 1.5 years. Julie's work now involves writing regulatory documents for AbbVie such as Clinical Study Reports.


Northwestern University Postdoctoral Forum (NUPF)
The Northwestern University Postdoctoral Forum (NUPF) is an organization focused on creating a community among Northwestern University (NU) postdocs across all disciplines, while sharing postdoc-specific resources for career and personal development.

Chicago Graduate Student Association (CGSA)
The Chicago Graduate Student Association (CGSA) is a student organization that encompasses graduate students in various science programs at Northwestern University’s Chicago campus.

Supported by
The Graduate School (TGS) - Northwestern University

Professional Development