Invited Speakers

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Keynote Lecturer: Dr. Mónica Feliú-Mójerfeliumojerheadshot

I grew up in rural Puerto Rico, surrounded by nature, catching lizards and with a cow in my backyard, which sparked my interest in all things biology. I am a bilingual (Spanish and English) scientist-turned-communicator and tap into my training (a PhD in neurobiology), personal background, and culture (a woman from a working class community in Puerto Rico) to engage historically underserved and overlooked audiences, especially to Puerto Ricans and Latinxs, with science. 

Among many other roles, I currently serve as the Director of Communications and Science Outreach for Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), a non-profit and global community of more than 13,000 scientists, students, educators, and allies creating social impact in Puerto Rico and have been very active in this role in Puerto Rico during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Best Practice for Science Communication: Todd Newman

Todd P. Newman is an assistant professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an affiliate of the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Newman’s research focuses on the role of strategic communication within the context of science, technology, and the environment. He has worked on a number of collaborative projects within this context funded by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, USDA, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and The Kavli Foundation.

Newman is the editor of Theory and Best Practices in Science Communication Training (Routledge, 2019), which covers the growing body of research in this emerging field, and the co-author of Brand (Kendall-Hunt, 2018), which examines the role of brand strategy across various markets and industries. He has published a number of research articles on the topic of strategic science communication in outlets such as Public Understanding of Science, Science Communication, International Journal of Science Education–Part B, Journal of Political Marketing, as well as media outlets including The Conversation and Fast Company.

Newman received his Ph.D. in Communication at American University, and previously served as a postdoctoral research associate at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.


Science Behind Science Communication: Baruch Fischhoff

 Baruch Fischhoff is Howard Heinz University Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy and Institute for Politics and Strategy, Carnegie Mellon University. A graduate of the Detroit Public Schools, he holds a BS (mathematics, psychology) from Wayne State University and a PhD (psychology) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. He is past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and of the Society for Risk Analysis. He has chaired the FDA Risk Communication Advisory Committee and been a member of the Eugene (Oregon) Commission on the Rights of Women, the DHS Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the EPA Scientific Advisory Board, where he chaired the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. He has received the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology, Carnegie Mellon’s Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching, a Doctorate of Humanities honoris causa from Lund University, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He is a Fellow of APA, the Association for Psychological Science, Society of Experimental Psychologists, and Society for Risk Analysis. His books include Acceptable Risk (1981), A Two-State Solution in the Middle East (1993), Risk: A Very Short Introduction (2011), Communicating Risks and Benefits (2011) and Counting Civilian Casualties (2013). He has served on many committees of the National Academies, including recent ones on science communication, intelligence analysis, cybersecurity, global change, and pandemic disease.


Graduate Students Taking Action: Dual-led by Jessica Maccaro and Magda Argueta-Guzmán

Magda Argueta-Guzmán is a 3rd year PhD Candidate in the McFrederick Lab at UC Riverside whose research focuses on how natural communities assemble. Magda loves all arthropods but uses as a model of study the system formed by bees, flowers, and their shared microbiota. As an international student in the US, Magda recognizes the importance of promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion not only in academic spaces but in our community as a whole. In June 2020, Magda co-funded Insects For Inclusion with Jessica Maccaro to raise money to support the "Advancing Inclusivity in Entomology Scholarship" through the selling of paintings, photographs, and music. She creates virtual content in English and Spanish with two main objectives: 1) Communicating insect natural history, and 2) Highlighting the careers and journeys of LGBTQ+, black, indigenous, and scientists of color. Magda enjoys being surrounded by nature, camping, and dancing latin rhythms in her free time.

Jessica Maccaro is a 2nd year PhD Student in the McFrederick lab at UC Riverside working on wild bee conservation and microbe-bee coevolution. She has her BS in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley. She is passionate about combining the arts with science to promote equity and inclusion in Entomology and founded Insects For Inclusion ( in collaboration with Magda Argueta Guzman. This initiative serves as a platform for insect artists, photographers, and musicians to sell their work to raise money towards advancing inclusivity in Entomology through paid undergraduate scholarships. Her SciComm mediums range from interactive websites with her macrophotography to popular science about insect natural history to social media posts. In her free time she enjoys climbing, backpacking, taking headshots of wild bees, making music, and playing chess!


Accesibility in Science Communication: Syreeta Nolan

Syreeta Nolan is a disability justice advocate. She serves as co-founder of Disabled in Higher Education on Twitter (@DisInHigherEd) and is the founder of JADE (Justice, Advocacy and Disability Education) as a holistic disabled justice platform focused on empowering disabled students, faculty, staff and alumni through community and support. Her lived experience as a Black, Disabled, bisexual woman have informed her advocacy goals along with her career goals. As a board member of HealthAdvocateX, she hopes to expand the reach of health advocacy in partnership with her organization while bringing disability advocacy and health advocacy together.

Syreeta graduated with her Bachelor’s in Human Health Psychology from the University of California San Diego and hopes to continue to obtain a PhD in Health Policy or Prevention Science toward her goal to transform the mental health field through comprehensive preventive systems similar to what we have in our physical health system.


Science Journalism: David Poulson 

David Poulson is the senior associate director of Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. He teaches researchers to better explain their work to the public and journalists to better report on the environment and science. The International Association of Great Lakes Research recognized him in 2015 for “sustained effort to inform and educate the public and policymakers.” At MSU he teaches science communication and environmental, investigative, public affairs and data analysis reporting. He is the founder and editor of Great Lakes Echo, a non-profit environmental news service and the creator of The Food Fix, a multi-media platform for explaining food systems innovations. Before arriving at MSU in 2003, he was a professional journalist for more than 22 years.


Art in SciComm: Jaye Gardiner, PhD

Dr. Jaye Gardiner received her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology in 2017 from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she studied how HIV effectively spreads between cells and how that infection changed the cells behaviors. Now, she researches pancreatic cancer's tumor microenvironment, specifically focusing on how the non-tumor cells communicate to support the tumor at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA. As a first generation American and graduate, Jaye is passionate about and involved in a variety of science communication (scicomm) efforts to increase access, exposure, and IDEA (inclusivity, diversity equity, and accessibility) in STEM; predominantly through art, organizing spaces/platforms for diverse scientists and science communication, and teaching (check out her comics group JKX Comics, the science communication workshop for graduate students ComSciCon, and the teaching program she has taught in, TRIP Initiative). You could say that in lab and out, Jaye is all about communication. When not chasing her dreams, you can find Jaye chasing her two pet bunnies, working out, or playing video games.


Careers in Science Writing: Edward Dunlea, PhD

Edward Dunlea is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry with an emphasis on the chemistry of the atmosphere from the University of Colorado and an A.B. in Chemistry from Harvard University. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, he has held positions at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as a Senior Program Officer with the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a Program Manager in the Climate Program Office. LinkedIn profile


Navigating Difficult Conversations: Dr. Gizelle Sherwood

 Dr. Gizelle A. Sherwood is currently an Associate Teaching Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her Ph.D. in 2008 where her research focused on the effects of aggregation on the photo- physics of oligomers related to MEH-PPV and CN-PPV. She primarily lectures General Chemistry and Quantitative Chemical Analysis laboratories to the sophomore chemical engineering, biology and pre-med students as well as a Cosmetic chemistry course targeted  to both science and non science majors. Her passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has her serving as an advisor and mentor to minority students at the Mellon College of Science. In addition, she is also involved in several outreach programs working with both the Boy Scouts of America and the Leonard Gelfand Center.


Science Policy Panel: Emily-Therese Cloyd, Dr. Yvette R. Seger, PhD, Dr. Craig Stow

Emily Therese Cloyd is the Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology. She oversees all Center programming, including the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute, the AAAS How We Respond project, and the Communicating Science program. Prior to joining AAAS in 2016, Emily led engagement and outreach for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, served as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and studied the use of ecological models in Great Lakes management. She holds an executive certificate in nonprofit leadership (University of Notre Dame), a master’s in conservation biology (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) and a bachelor’s in plant biology (University of Michigan). Emily enjoys paddling on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers (especially in a dragon boat), hiking, and tending her plot in the local community garden. Follow her on Twitter @EngageClimate. 


 Dr. Seger is the Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs and Director of Science Policy for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), a coalition of 29 scientific societies collectively representing over 130,000 individual biological and biomedical researchers. In these roles, she contributes to the overall strategic vision for the Office of Public Affairs, specifically guiding the efforts of FASEB’s Science Policy Committee and the work of its topical subcommittees groups. Prior to joining FASEB, Dr. Seger held senior policy positions at the research advocacy group FasterCures, the National Institutes of Health, and Thomson Reuters.


Craig Stow is a scientist at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor. His research interests include nutrient effects in aquatic ecosystems, model uncertainty and skill assessment, and the integration of complex systems and resilience concepts into environmental decision-making. He serves on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annex 4 sub-committee, which established the updated phosphorus targets for Lake Erie, and is currently developing an adaptive management plan to monitor progress toward achieving the targets and associated lake ecosystem objectives. Craig began working on Great Lake issues as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology, studying PCB accumulation in Great Lakes fishes.

Prior to moving to GLERL, Craig was on the faculties of Duke University and the University of South Carolina, wrote NPDES permits for the State of Louisiana, worked in a contract lab analyzing industrial effluents, and drove a fork-lift at a lumber yard. Craig has a B.S. in environmental technology from Cornell University, an M.S. from Louisiana State University in marine sciences, and a PhD from Duke University in environmental modeling. 


Careers in Science Communication: Joey Rodman, Tyus WIlliams, Dr. Edwin W. Lee II

Joey Rodman is an Oklahoma based science communicator. Joey has worked in informal science education for over 10 years in museums, schools, summer camps, and planetariums. Joey is currently the director of the Okie Space Theater, a portable planetarium that they take to rural areas to bring the wonder of space to small towns, and writing a book about how to discuss science in an edifying way with people who do not accept  the current scientific understanding of the universe. 


During my senior year for my thesis, I wrote a grant proposing a study to investigate how jaguars in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve of Belize spatially overlap across a landscape utilizing camera trapping and the environmental implications that influence their movement. I was awarded the grant so I spent a month in Belize with a research team from Virginia Tech gaining field experience studying large carnivores and collecting data through camera traps. From my experience studying predators, my research interests align with carnivore ecology and the integration of spatial analytical methods to assess movement patterns, landscape interactions, and predation dynamics which influences ecosystem functioning. My work has been featured on Nat Geo Open Explorer and I've been invited on multiple podcasts (see Speaking and Outreach) discussing what I do in the science world!

Aside from my research, I'm also an enthusiastic science communicator! I love utilizing Twitter (@SciencewithTyus) to disseminate information to the public and answer questions. Among these efforts, I've also created a science communication series called #SciQFriday where each week on Friday I host a special guest for a live chat over Twitter about their work! My mission is to make science fun and inclusive where all are welcome and every voice is heard, so I welcome you to my world and the world of SCIENCE! Recently, I've accepted a Ph.D. offer for Fall '21 at the University of California, Berkeley to continue my research on carnivore ecology. 

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Dr. Edwin W. Lee II (he/him/his) currently serves as the Program Manager for Retention and Student Academic Success in the Office of Diversity, Outreach & Inclusion in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. His current work focuses on teaching metacognitive problem solving to underrepresented students through his tutoring and supplemental instruction programs and enhancing their exposure to career opportunities in academia and industry through the career engagement programming that he spearheads. Edwin completed Bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at Louisiana State University and his Master’s degree and PhD in Electrical Engineering at OSU. He is a “students-first” administrator who focuses on empowering them with his knowledge of navigating engineering programs at predominantly white institutions. A quote Toni Morrison shared with her students underscores his work: “When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”