ScienceTalk NW - Annual Meeting 2018
Next Meeting - DoubleTree Hotel Portland, Lloyd District
Dr. Allison Coffin is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Washington State University Vancouver, where she studies acoustic communication and hearing loss. She has more than 10 years of experience teaching communication workshops to a variety of scientific and professional audiences and was the Audience Choice winner at the 2014 U.S. FameLab Finals, a science communication competition hosted by NASA and National Geographic. Dr. Coffin runs the science communication website communicatalyst.com and is a long-time member of Toastmasters International. She is a conference co-chair.
Janine Castro, Ph.D., R.G., is a geomorphologist for both the US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service in Portland, Ore., where she facilitates communication between and amongst scientists, engineers, policymakers, and the public. She is a founding member of River Restoration Northwest, a non-profit that seeks to improve communication between restoration and science practitioners, and is the Technical Director of the Portland State University River Restoration Professional Certificate Program. Janine regularly teaches public speaking workshops and maintains a Science Communication page on the Fish and Wildlife Service webpage. Janine is a conference co-chair.
Thuy T. Tran, Ph.D., M.B.A., directs marketing and communications at Oregon State University’s College of Engineering. In this leadership position, she works to manage external perceptions, strengthen relationships with stakeholders, and support efforts to achieve the college’s strategic goals. Thuy’s unique experience enables her to combine a deep understanding of technical concepts with the ability to tell a compelling story to communicate the impact of scientific research. After graduating from Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and French, Thuy earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Hawaii. In her early career, she was a research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and held management positions in several engineering firms. While pursuing her technical career, she obtained an M.B.A in marketing from Washington State University.
Steven Sobieszczyk is an outreach scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, adjunct professor at Portland State University, and blogger/podcaster at YourNextBIGspeech.com. He is heavily involved in science communication, media relations, and public engagement, especially with Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs. In summer 2016, Steve took a temporary position as media lead and spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management in California focusing mostly on the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan in the Mojave Desert. For more information, see SteveSobie.com
Eleanor Vandegrift is the Associate Director of the University of Oregon’s Science Literacy Program and a senior biology instructor there. She supports development of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students as excellent science teachers and science communicators through the University of Oregon Science Literacy Program. The program encourages undergraduate student success by making undergraduate science courses relevant, accessible, and engaging to students. Elly is the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Affiliate Director for the University of Oregon.
Teresa M. Wolfe, Ph.D., is a scientist and science educator, interested in how students form science identities within the context of large, lecture science courses. She teaches science education research methods at Oregon State University, helping guide graduate students through their projects. Prior to her work in science education, she was a public health scientist researching viral and bacterial infectious diseases at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She worked for many years as a clinical laboratory scientist and taught medical laboratory courses at Oregon Institute of Technology. In her spare time, she runs a consulting business assisting clients with education research and evaluation, and is currently working on projects related to open education resources (OER).
Amelia Veneziano is a Masters in Public Affairs student at Washington State University at Vancouver. Amelia has an undergraduate degree in communication from Washington State University in Pullman. Amelia has worked as a journalist, in public relations and marketing, and as a technical editor. She is also the Assessment and Accreditation Intern in the Public Affairs Program at WSUV. Amelia is researching the intersection of science, public opinion, and public policy, with an eye on how the changing media landscape has affected the discourse.