Expert Review Lunch

One of the most important parts of this workshop is the chance for our attendees to interact one on one with communication professionals. This is an opportunity for the attendees to have their own written work produced during the workshop, reviewed, and discussed in a small group led by an expert reviewer.

Gretchen Chidester, Ph.D., CMPP™, Associate Scientific Director II, MedThink SciCom

Gretchen Chidester
Gretchen is an Associate Scientific Director II at MedThink SciCom, where she is responsible for developing scientifically accurate content that may be used in a variety of formats and providing strategic direction for a diverse array of medical and scientific communication initiatives. She earned her BS in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and her MA and PhD in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following her doctorate, Gretchen completed her postdoctoral training at the Duke University Medical Center in the Laboratory of Psychiatric Neuroengineering. She is also credentialed as a Certified Medical Publication Professional (CMPP™) through the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals.

Madhusudan Katti, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, NCSU

Madhusudan Katti
Dr. Katti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science and the Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program for Leadership in Public Science at North Carolina State University. He is an evolutionary ecologist who discovered birds as an undergrad after growing up a nature-oblivious urban kid near Bombay, went chasing after vanishing wildernesses in the Himalaya and Western Ghats as a grad student, and returned to study cities grown up as a reconciliation ecologist. He studies animals and plants in cities with the goal of applying our understanding towards reconciling biodiversity conservation with human development. He writes for the Social Evolution Forum, The Nature of Cities, Network, and other outlets. He founded the Central Valley Café Scientifique and host an affiliated radio show, "Science: A Candle In The Dark" which airs on the 4th Tue of each month at 3:30PM (Pacific Time), and is also available as a podcast.

Fenella Saunders, Editor in Chief, American Scientist

Fenella Saunders

Fenella Saunders is Editor-in-Chief of American Scientist, a general-audience science magazine published by Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, where she is also Director of Science Communications and Publications. She has been a science journalist and editor for more than 23 years, and has covered science for Discover magazine, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, NYU Physician, Scholastic, The Learning Channel, and The Discovery Channel. She received an A.B. degree in computer science from Duke University and a Master's degree in psychology and animal behavior from Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist

Dr. Lindsey Haynes-Maslow an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences at NC State University.  Lindsey researches policies that lead to a healthy behavior. She is an expert on the intersection between food systems, nutrition and public health, as well as the impact of government policies driving the food system.  She has over 10 years of experience working with non-profit, private, and public organizations that focus on obesity prevention for low-resource communities. Before coming to NC State, Dr. Haynes-Maslow worked for the advocacy organization, the Union of Concerned Scientists, on federal food and nutrition policy, specifically the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act and The Farm Bill.  Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of NC State’s SNAP-Education program, Steps to Health. She has a Ph.D. in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a Masters in healthcare administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Josh Hall, Ph.D. Director of Graduate Admissions & Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program, UNC School of Medicine

Joshua Hall is Director of Graduate Admissions and the Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) at UNC School of Medicine. In addition, he serves as Science, Training, and Diversity Team Leader in the Office of Graduate Education. He  received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from UNC Chapel Hill and was a SPIRE postdoctoral fellow also at UNC. For the past nine years, he oversaw North Carolina DNA Day, an annual event that sends over 150 scientists to high school classrooms across North Carolina. Josh is passionate about helping science trainees succeed and is actively involved in research on factors that contribute to success and productivity in biomedical graduate school. In addition, he is the creator and host of the podcast, Hello PhD, which explores the human side of science and life in the lab!


Stephanie Schuttler, PhD. Research Associate, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Dr. Stephanie Schuttler studies the behavior, conservation, and ecology of mammals living in human-modified landscapes. She collaborates with K-12 teachers worldwide to implement eMammal, a citizen science camera-trapping program, into science classrooms. The students collect data for eMammal as part of their science classroom activities, and Stephanie uses the student-collected data to study the behavior, distribution, and range of mammals throughout the world.  Simultaneously, she conducts research on students’ perspectives towards the wildlife they see on their local camera traps to see if citizen science can improve attitudes and increase connections to nature. Stephanie is highly interested in increasing people’s connections with nature and is an avid blogger and science communicator through social media.


Nicole Lee, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Communication at NC State University

Nicole M. Lee is an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University in the Department of Communication. Her research focuses on public relations and digital media, particularly within the context of science communication. Her primary program of research examines how public relations practitioners can utilize two-way communication online to more effectively communicate about science with lay audiences. This work can be seen in academic journals such as Science Communication and Environmental Communication. Her research on climate change communication has also been funded by the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication. At NCSU, Lee teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in public relations, including digital media in public relations and public relations campaigns. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the NCSU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.


Marla Broadfoot, Freelance Science Journalist and President of Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC)

Marla Broadfoot is a freelance science journalist. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at UNC, a contributing editor at American Scientist, and president of the Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC). She has written about how the manipulation of microbesand genetics are transforming modern agriculture -- for better or worse -- and how the rampant use of antibiotics in the NICU is harming babies and -- very likely -- the rest of us. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Science, STAT, Discover, Nature News, and Science News, among others. Before shifting to journalism, she earned a PhD in genetics and molecular biology from UNC, and underwent a rigorous postdoctoral fellowship in clinical molecular genetics at the National Human Genome Research Institute.


Robert Frederick, Digital Managing Editor, American Scientist

Robert Frederick is the digital managing editor of American Scientist since November, 2015. Prior to that, he freelanced for a wide variety of outlets in print, radio, television, and online, and contributed a chapter on multimedia freelancing to The Science Writers’ Handbook (Da Capo, 2013), which was supported in part by a grant from the National Association of Science Writers.
His past work in science journalism includes four years as associate online editor and then web editor for Science magazine (2007-2011), where he also contributed to team multimedia projects, created videos, and hosted/produced the magazine's weekly podcast, taking it to #3 on iTunes' Science & Medicine category (behind only NPR-sponsored radio shows). Robert also manages @AmSciMag's Twitter handle and other social-media accounts, with contributions coming from all team members.

Deirdre Rodeberg, Ph.D., Associate Medical Writer, MedThink SciCom


Deirdre is an Associate Medical Writer at MedThink SciCom. She is responsible for developing scientific content to support medical communications and publications. Deirdre earned her PhD and MA in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in Neuroscience from Middlebury College. As a graduate student at UNC, Deirdre helped lead a variety of science communication efforts, including the UNC Science Writing and Communication club (SWAC), ComSciCon Triangle 2017 and 2018, and Triangle Society for Neuroscience.


Brian Clark, Ph.D., Interim Director of Duke’s Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Brian Clark is currently the Interim Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Duke University’s Initiative for Science and Society.  Previously, Brian worked as an energy and environmental policy advisor for Senator Elizabeth Warren. He earned his PhD in physics from Harvard University, where his research was in high energy experimental physics at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.  He also earned a Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University.


Ashley Yeager- biography to come!