The Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development, in collaboration with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Office of Strategic Communication, have developed a workshop for small groups of faculty to gather insights about communicating their research to non-peer and non-expert audiences.

The goal is offer participants practical tips for crafting and honing their messages, interviewing with journalists, and presenting their research to a variety of audiences. At the end of the session, faculty have the opportunity to record a brief video clip about their research.


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Participants (Faculty Communications Corps)



Workshop details



Faculty Communications Corps


Joyce Berg, Professor and Director, Iowa Electronic Markets


Gabriele Villarini, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Aliasger Salem, Division Head , Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics


Timothy Marler, Senior Research Scientist, Virtual Soldier Research Program


Susan Wagner Cook, Assistant Professor, Psychology


Nathan Holton, Assistant Professor, Orthodontics


Marizen Ramirez, Associate Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health


Miesha Marzell, Assistant Professor, Community and Behavioral Health


David Cwiertny, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Paloma Giangrande, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine


Anne Kwitek, Associate Professor of Pharmacology


Natalie Denburg, Assistant Professor, Neurology


Brad Wright, Assistant Professor, Health Management & Policy


Rebekah Kowal, Associate Professor, Dance


Chris Adams, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine


Tamara Afifi, Professor, Communication Studies


Michelle Voss, Assistant Professor, Psychology


Greg Howes, Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy


Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Associate Professor, V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Fellow in Catholic Studies


Maurine Neiman, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology


Eli Perencevich, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine


Marianne Smith, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing


Sarah Vigmostad, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering


Nicholas Zavazava, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine




"The program has given me new insight into the university’s efforts to frame public discussion about its mission where research plays an important role."

"It was a tremendous program and I am so glad I was able to participate."

"Thanks for a fantastic experience. I hope many others can benefit from this program."

"...I learned so much and feel it will help me a LOT in the future."




Charles Munro

Charles Munro, Lecturer, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and media industry consultant



Julie Kraft


Julie Kraft, Senior Consultant, Frank N. Magid Associates



Gigi Durham


Meenakshi "Gigi" Durham, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Faculty Fellow, Office of the VP for Research & Economic Development



Richard Lewis


Richard Lewis, Director of Research News, Office of Strategic Communication, and former journalist



Forrest Saunders


Forrest Saunders, Reporter, KCRG 




David Schwartz


David Schwartz, PhD Student, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and journalist



Vinit Mahajan


Vinit Mahajan, Assistant Professor, Opthalmology and Visual Sciences




Emily Woodbury


Emily Woodbury, Talk Show Producer, Iowa Public Radio




Workshop Schedule

July 10, 2015

9:00am -10:00am:  Panel discussion with media representatives: Review and critique faculty pre-interviews
10:00am -11:30am: 5 Golden Rules for Effective Research Communications: framing messages, writing and speaking for a non-expert audience, responding when contacted by a journalist
11:30-12:00:  Working Lunch
12:00-1:30:  Small group breakouts
1:30:  Record one minute videos in studio

Future Sessions

Please contact Leslie Weatherhead ( if you are interested in participating in future sessions.