Organizing Committee

Chair: Aggie Mika

Aggie MikaAggie Mika is a scientist and a science writer. She received a dual PhD in neuroscience and physiology from CU Boulder studying the many ways that excessive stress can wreak havoc on mental and physical health, and how certain factors can help arm the organism against these harmful effects. She’s continued this line of inquiry as a postdoctoral fellow. As a science writer, her work has appeared in The Scientist, Huffington Post, and Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine.


Vice Chair: Anna Fagrefagre

Anna is a public health veterinarian specializing in infectious diseases. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the Colorado State University Department of Microbiology Immunology & Pathology studying emerging arboviruses of bats. Anna is passionate about communicating science and biomedical research findings through writing and social media, making them tangible and accessible to the public. Fun fact - Anna plays analog synthesizers in a band and is a collage artist in her spare time. Follow Anna on Twitter (@annafagre) or reach out by e-mail (

Genevieve Lind

genevieveGenevieve Lind received her doctorate in Neuroscience in 2017 from The University of Montana where she studied the cellular and molecular basis of learning and memory. Genevieve is currently serving as an AmeriCorps Vista with The University of Montana's Blackstone Launchpad, a program designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path. With a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a PhD in Neuroscience, science communication is a natural fit for Genevieve. After attending the ComSciCon National conference, she was eager to get involved with planning a local event in the Rocky Mountain region. In her free time, Genevieve can be found exploring the mountains and rivers of Montana. If you would like to get in touch with her, Genevieve can be reached through email at

Tess Eidem

Tess EidemTess has a curiosity for the tiny things that make up life that are too small for us to see. She got her PhD in microbiology developing novel antimicrobials and studied the molecular assembly line that allows cells to function in her postdoctoral studies. She recently changed careers from bench scientist to the Education and Broadening Participation Manager for the STROBE Program at CU Boulder.

Tess SciComm’s because she wants to share amazing STEM achievements to the public and show that scientists are real people who are overcoming obstacles to understand the world around them. Tess is also a musician, loves a great hike with her husband and Aussies, and is a solid Gryffindor. Visit Tess’s website at

Amanda Grennell

Amanda headshotAmanda completed her PhD in Chemistry as an NSF fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) in 2017. She worked with Dr. Gordana Dukovic using ultrafast lasers to study the heck out of a system that can turn sunlight into fuel. As a senior editor for CU's graduate student-run blog,, Amanda got hooked on sharing the excitement and passion researchers have for science with a broad audience. She is now pursuing a career as a freelance science writer and fly fishing the wild streams of Western Montana. Connect @amandagrennell.

Alison Gilchrist

AlisonAlison Gilchrist is a fourth-year PhD candidate at CU Boulder studying the evolution and biology of dengue virus. When not in lab, she's probably writing or editing articles for Science Buffs, the CU Boulder STEM Blog. After she wrote an article in her first year of graduate school, she was addicted to scicomm and science blogs. You might also find her running in the early hours, reading at any hour, and occasionally tweeting.

Benjamin Richardson

BenBen is a PhD student member of the Anseth Research Group in the Chemical and Biological Engineering program at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Rand his work focuses on using equilibrium chemistries to make polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering. Often scientists and engineers are stereotyped as intelligent but ineffective due an inability communicate. Ben strongly feels that this is not an innate problem with individuals interested in STEM fields and that training in science communication can help both individual scientists and scientific progress as a whole. His grandmother Jean Richardson was the first woman to earn an engineering degree from Oregon State University. He can be reached at

Roni Dengler

Roni Dengler is a science writer. She sussed out this career path while earning a doctorate in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of Colorado Boulder. As a grad student, Roni wrote for and then became editor-in-chief for Science Buffs, a graduate student-run STEM research blog. After graduation, she was a 2017 AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow at PBS NewsHour. She's excited to start her next gig as a news writing intern at Science in October. Connect @RoniDengler and

Julia Herman

JuliaJulia Herman, DVM, MS has diversified interests in livestock, epidemiology, wildlife, ecology, and conservation biology. She is currently a veterinary clinic instructor at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This “Ram For Life” received her BS in Zoology, MS focusing on epidemiology, and DVM from CSU with a small stint studying marine biology in Queensland, Australia. Her first research activities began in agricultural pest management, wildlife management, and wildlife genetics. After an internship at the Smithsonian National Zoo, she decided to pursue a master’s degree in her path to veterinary school. She was awarded a NSF grant to complete her project studying genetic natural resistance to brucellosis in Yellowstone National Park bison. Julia enjoys photography and traveling to experience Van Gogh’s art in person. 

Lamesse Akacem

LameeseLameese is a Biology Instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her PhD in Integrative Physiology from CU Boulder where her research focused on examining how light at night influences the circadian physiology of preschool-age children. She is dedicated to promoting scientific literacy by both disseminating research findings to the general public and facilitating the learning of science in the classroom. She can be reached at