Good communication with the public positively impacts career development, funding opportunities, government policy, and overall perception of science. My goal is to increase awareness of scientific research by helping researchers communicate their objectives and results effectively to non-scientists, including the news media, policymakers, advocacy groups, university administrators, funding agencies, philanthropists, family and friends.
I received a PhD in medical microbiology from West Virginia University and postdoctoral training in cellular immunology at the University of Michigan. After serving on the medical/dental school faculty of the University of Rochester Medical School for five years, I moved to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda MD where I coordinated funding for infectious disease research and served as a senior advisor for over 16 years before retiring from civil service in 2011. I also served as an Associate Dean for Research at the University of Southern California for three years.
I embarked on the CTS initiative in 2012 with the encouragement from government officials, university/company administrators, faculty, students and family/friends who were frustrated that they couldn't understand what scientists were saying. I immersed myself in learning the principles and techniques of effective communication and currently teach students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty the art of communicating science to the public. I'm also involved in initiatives with college and high school science teachers to integrate science communication into STEM curricula, and occasionally write opinion articles about science for the local newspaper.
I live with my wife and a poodle-mix dog in the North Bay area of San Francisco and Nashville TN. Hobbies include searching for my lost golf balls, hiking, public speaking and being trained by the dog.
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