May 2015 SWAC Seminar: Mark Derewicz


Mark Derewicz

Speaker: Mark Derewicz, Science Communications Manager at UNC School of Medicine/UNC Health Care

Date: May 26th, 2015

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Bondurant Hall, Room G030

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Last month, SWAC hosted a very successful first seminar featuring Lauren Neighbours, PhD, RAC, from Rho, Inc., a contract research organization in Chapel Hill. This month we are switching gears from medical writing and regulatory affairs to writing about science for a non-scientific audience.

Our featured speaker will be Mark Derewicz, Science Communications Manager at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care. Mark’s main role at UNC is to write press releases and feature stories on both basic science and clinical research ongoing at the university. He also manages relations between UNC and local, state, and national media. Additionally, Mark was formerly a writer and editor for UNC Endeavors, an online magazine profiling research efforts at UNC, where he pitched several stories to NPR. Mark is especially skilled at making high-level scientific concepts accessible, an ability that is currently more valuable than ever with the advent of social media and increased interactions between scientists and the general public.

If you are interested in learning to better communicate about science with a broad audience, please come to SWAC’s Monthly Seminar on Tuesday, May 26th at 5:30 PM in Bondurant Hall (Rm. G030) and hear what Mark has to say.


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About Nicole M. Baker

Nicole M. Baker received her PhD from the Department of Pharmacology at UNC in September 2016. She is currently a member of the Der Lab where she studies the role of p21-activated kinases in regulating the growth and metabolism of KRAS-mutant pancreatic cancer cells. Nicole's interest in pursuing a career in scientific writing led her to start SWAC. She was both a co-founder and the first SWAC President. Her hobbies include reading, playing cello, laughing when it’s inappropriate, and playing difficult video games and bragging about it to people who don’t care.

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