Avoiding the blank stare: workshop at UNC helps researchers communicate their work to the public

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May 2015 SWAC Seminar: Mark Derewicz

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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

Event Link: https://swac.web.unc.edu/event/mark-derewicz-seminar/

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.


PEER EDITED BY Dan Albaugh AND JONATHAN SUSSER

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This article was co-published on the TIBBS Bioscience Blog.