Ahna Skop blends science and art as newest LSC affiliate faculty member

Art and science may seem like a mismatch, but to Ahna Skop, the newest affiliate faculty member in the Department of Life Sciences Communication, they make perfect sense. Raised by two artists and holding an associate professorship in the Department of Genetics, she strives to be interdisciplinary in all of her work. When not researching cell division in her lab, she is teaching her science students how to write effectively and think about using visuals to communicate. She also incorporates art into her research interests. For example, she has organized the bi-annual Worm Art Show for the International C. elegans Meeting for the past 19 years. [caption id="attachment_10842" align="alignleft" width="150"] Ahna Skop, associate professor of genetics.©UW-Madison University Communications Photo by: Jeff Miller[/caption] “I know there are ways to communicate science effectively through the visual and I spend a lot of time thinking about them,” she said. “It’s not just through writing. There are ways ...
September 1, 2015

LSC to help host Politics and the Life Sciences conference

The Department of Life Sciences Communication, housed in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, is excited to be partnering with the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences to put on its annual conference Oct. 23-24. The association is a diverse group of scholars, scientists, and policymakers who work in the intersections of politics and the life sciences. For example, many use evolutionary, genetic, and ecological knowledge to further work related to political behavior, public policy, and ethics. “UW-Madison and LSC bring tremendous energy and expertise to the study of biopolitics, as suggested by the large number of UW–Madison scholars who are participating,” said Gregg Murray, APLS executive director. “And we at APLS are excited about the possibilities for collaboration and further advances in research that this conference brings with such an intellectually rich venue and hosts.”
September 21, 2015
Morgan Strauss

Undergraduates apply LSC skills and theories to excel at summer internships

Lots of LSC undergraduates had very exciting summers, interning everywhere from a UW-Madison Center for Limnology field station to a weather station in Chicago. Undergraduate classes in LSC give students the theoretical base and skills to work in many areas of science communication. For example, senior Morgan Strauss was a marketing intern for Didion Milling in Johnson Creek and Cambria, WI. [caption id="attachment_10903" align="alignleft" width="300"] Morgan Strauss[/caption] “I've been able to learn a lot about numerous communication methods in LSC and have been able to improve my writing and oral communication skills immensely, which was especially helpful for all the blog posts and press releases I wrote,” Strauss said. “LSC has also expanded my knowledge of social media marketing, web design, and print/electronic design, which was relevant to a lot of projects at Didion.”
September 17, 2015

Recent Publications

  • Spartz, J.T., Yi-Fan Su, L., Griffin, R., Brossard, D., Dunwoody, S. (2015). YouTube, Social Norms and Perceived Salience of Climate Change in the American Mind. (more…)

  • Witzling, L., Shaw, B., Amato, M.S. (2015). Incorporating Information Exposure Into a Theory of Planned Behavior Model to Enrich Understanding of Proenvironmental Behavior. (more…)

  • Akin, H., Shaw, B.R., Spartz, J.T. (2015). Promoting Economic Development with Tourism in Rural Communities: Destination Image and Motivation to Return or Recommend. (more…)

  • Yeo, S., Xenos, M., Brossard, D., Scheufele, D. (2015). Selecting Our Own Science:
    How Communication Contexts and Individual Traits Shape Information Seeking. (more…)

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