LSC’s exciting lineup of renowned speakers for the 2024 science communication colloquium

Mark your calendars as LSC’s 2024 science communication colloquium is bringing distinguished speakers from all over the U.S., and the world, to our UW-Madison campus. Colloquium attendees will hear from experts in science communication, science policy, science and technology studies and new information technologies, among other interesting areas.

The colloquium will take place every Wednesday from 12:05 to 1 p.m. in 1120 Hector DeLuca Biochemistry unless otherwise noted on our social media platforms. All UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend, as well as members of the public.

This semester the colloquium is organized by LSC chair Dominique Brossard. You can find a list of this year’s speakers below and click on their names for more information about them. A recording of the presentation will be made publicly available following the individual talks.

Every spring, you can follow @UW_LSC or #uwlsc700 on X for live coverage of the talks.

Speaker schedule

01/31: Nicky Krause – Morgridge Affiliate Researcher, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison, “How anti-science discourse limits research and action on science polarization.”

02/07: Catherine Arnott Smith – Professor, School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences, UW-Madison, “Patient Portal Panic: Open Notes and Health Literacy”

02/14: Bret Shaw – Professor, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison, “Promoting Ecologically Informed Management of Aquatic Invasive Species in Wisconsin’s Lakes”

02/21: Elyse Aurbach – Director of Public Engagement and Research Impacts, University of Michigan, “Three Approaches to Bridge the Research-Practice Divide”

02/28: Mariah Wellman – Assistant Professor, Department of Communications, University of Illinois – Chicago, “Sharing with Authority: Social Media Influencers, Credibility, and the Wellness Industry”

03/06: Adam Seth Levine – Associate Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, “Policymakers’ Unmet Desire for Science”

03/13: Dietram Scheufele – Professor & Taylor-Bascom Chair, Department of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison, “Finding Common Ground: A Roadmap for Good-Faith Debates Over Science, Policy, & Innovation.”

03/20: Fanuel Muindi – Founder and CEO, Sai Resident Collective, “The Journey from Neuroscience to Civil Science Scholarship and Entrepreneurship

03/27: Spring Break

04/03: Jenell Johnson – Professor, Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, “What Does “Life” Do?

04/10: Jingbo Meng – Associate Professor, School of Communications, Ohio State University, “Using AI Chatbots for Supportive Communication in Health Contexts”

04/17: Amy Becker – Professor, Department of Communication, Loyola University Maryland, “Using Media Narratives to Advocate for Change: Applying Research on Entertainment, Public Opinion, & Scientific Engagement

04/24: Elizabeth Christopherson – President and CEO, Rita Allen Foundation, “Philanthropy as a Catalyst: Towards a Future Where Science is Civic!”

Written by: Julia Wiessing, LSC M.S. ’25
Published: January 2024