Undergraduates apply LSC skills and theories to excel at summer internships

LSC undergraduate students participate in a wide variety of internships each summer and this year was no exception. Students throughout the department enhanced their science communication skills in professional settings near and far. In this story we highlight a small selection of students who demonstrated their knowledge and excellence in diverse fields.

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The start to a new school year provides plenty of opportunities for students

As the summer comes to a close, we are excited to welcome new and returning students from across the state and world to LSC’s home in Hiram Smith Hall.

Hiram Smith Hall

Hiram Smith Hall summer 2018

In the coming weeks, LSC students will explore the theory and practice of subjects at the cutting edge of science communication. Some students will begin research projects and work on manuscripts that may be published in academic journals. Other students will create multimedia projects, design original websites and media content.

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Welcome to LSC Assistant Professor Todd P. Newman

A special welcome to Assistant Professor Todd P. Newman, who is joining the LSC faculty this fall. Newman will be teaching LSC 270: Communication in Life Science Industries, a course focusing on communication planning, preparation, and implementation for internal and external life sciences industry audiences.

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LSC partners with Urban Canid Project for interdisciplinary research

Story by Ysabella Bhagroo. Ysabella is an undergraduate student majoring in LSC and the Department of Life Sciences Communication’s 2017-18 Lenore Landry Scholar.

A fox wanders through a city street in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of the UW Urban Canid Project.

A fox wanders through a city street in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo: UW Urban Canid Project.

As Wisconsin’s red fox and coyote populations grow, Madison is seeing an increasing number of these urban canids establishing their homes closer to campus. Recently, LSC chair Dominique Brossard, associate professor Bret Shaw, and faculty associate Don Stanley teamed up with the UW-Madison Urban Canid Project, a project that investigates the way canids are living in Madison and how we coexist with them.

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LSC’s online summer courses offered rich learning opportunities

Summer has now come and gone, and this past summer the Department of Life Sciences Communication offered four online courses for undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree students. The courses taught both theoretical and applied science communication, granting students from anywhere in the world access to a top-notch academic experience.

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LSC joins Planet Forward consortium

In 2018, the University of Wisconsin-Madison joined the Planet Forward consortium, a network of around 20 universities from across the U.S. dedicated to helping up-and-coming storytellers share stories of environmental and sustainability innovations.

Planet Forward is a project of the Center for Innovative Media at George Washington University and was launched in 2009 by Frank Sesno, former CNN correspondent and director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

The Department of Life Sciences Communication spearheaded the effort to bring the project to UW-Madison.

“Planet Forward is a new storytelling outlet for LSC that rewards our students in their passion for the environment and creative new ideas in sustainability,” said LSC professor and director of undergraduate studies Shiela Reaves.

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Science and social media course cuts across disciplines

Science and Social Media. Einstein writes equations and social media icons on chalkboard

The internet is transforming the relationship between science and society. Open-access peer-reviewed journals, scientific blogs and online scientific communities have made science more accessible than ever. At the same time, the ease of online searching and ubiquity of social media has fostered the spread of misinformation and pseudoscience. As a result, social media literacy is increasingly important within the sphere of science.

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John Fett, professor emeritus of life sciences communication, dies at 85

The following is a press release published by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences that has been adapted and republished here.

John Fett, a professor emeritus and former chairman of the Department of Life Sciences Communication who shaped the department’s course for more than three decades, on Jan. 30, 2018. He was 85.
John Fett

Born on May 7, 1932 in Plymouth, Wis., he earned a trifecta of degrees from UW–Madison: a B.S. in Agricultural Journalism (now Life Sciences Communication) in 1961, a M.S. in Agricultural Journalism in 1962 and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication in 1967. He was hired as an instructor at the university in 1962 and joined the faculty of the Department of Agricultural Journalism as a professor in 1967.

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Spring semester greets students with spectrum of opportunities

Hiram Smith Hall has been quiet over winter recess and LSC is excited to welcome students back for the spring semester. We hope our students have returned to campus feeling restored and invigorated.

This semester will be the first for some LSC students, and the last for many of our seniors. But for all, the new semester brings a host of opportunities.

LSC Students wait for a class in Hiram Smith Hall's Sumner Student Lounge.

LSC Students wait for a class in Hiram Smith Hall’s Sumner Student Lounge.

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LSC’s science communication colloquium featured an exciting line-up

The Spring 2018 Life Sciences Communication colloquium brought acclaimed speakers from near and far. Over the course of the semester, attendees of the colloquium heard from experts in science communication, science policy, sustainability marketing, media sociology, and other interesting areas.

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