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From PhD to NPR: Careers in Science Communication and Tips for Communicating Your Research

Workshop/Seminar: Science Skills; Speaking

Mar 14, 2018

Speaker(s): Madeline Sofia, Ph.D. | Science Desk of NPR
This event is recommended for: Summer Interns; Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.

Ever wondered how to transition from a career in laboratory research to a career in science communication? Or are you happy in the lab, but want to enhance your skills in communicating research to broader audiences? Join us as NPR's Madeline Sofia details her journey from the bench to a career in science communication, and provides practical tips for researchers to enhance their ability to communicate their science.

Madeline Sofia is an assistant producer on NPR's Science Desk, specifically for Joe's Big Idea. The goal of Joe's Big Idea is to tell scientific stories that explore the minds and motivations of researchers and highlight the scientific process. Before working at NPR, Madeline received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Rochester Medical Center. She studied Vibrio cholerae, a fascinating 4 billion-year-old, single-celled organism that evolved to outsmart the human immune system - and cause cholera.

Interested in transitioning into a science communication career? NPR has designed a program, combining science communication workshops and conferences, to help scientists stay active in science communication. Check out the Friends of Joe's Big Idea network. It's run by Joe Palca, an award winning science correspondent at NPR. There are already more than 600 science communication groupies in this community from all across the United States. Goals: help scientists find publishing opportunities outside academia (e.g., Scientific American), offer career advice, and build a science communication community.

The OITE is happy to co-sponsor this activity with PRAT