Science Communication Workshop: Writing for Influential Audiences – Speaker Bios

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July 20, 2016
10 am – 4:30 pm (lunch included)
URI Feinstein Campus
80 Washington Street
Providence, RI

Dr. Caroline Gottschalk Druschke holds a joint appointment in the Department of Writing & Rhetoric and the Department of Natural Resources Science at the University of Rhode Island, where she uses her background in rhetoric and communication to study the human dimensions of natural resources management. She arrived at University of Rhode Island in 2011, after earning a Ph.D. in English Studies from University of Illinois at Chicago, where she trained in the NSF-IGERT Landscape, Ecological and Anthropogenic Processes Program and earned a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies. Dr. Druschke takes a mixed-methods, place-based approach to ongoing research into watershed-based conservation outreach, the impact of climate change on commercial fishing policy, and public participation in freshwater restoration efforts. She has presented internationally on her work, published in communication and conservation journals, and received research fellowships from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and AAUW. She works to incorporate her research interests into her pedagogy, teaching community-based writing courses with Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, first year writing courses related to coastal issues, graduate seminars in environmental communication and mixed methodologies, and a watershed restoration course through the university’s Grand Challenges initiative.

David Orenstein has been writing about biology, medicine, public health and brain science at Brown University since 2010. His job is to bring stories about research, teaching and programs to the news media and the Brown community. Previously he managed communications for the School of Engineering at Stanford. Before his career in academia, he worked as a technology and business journalist at regional newspapers and national magazines. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism at Northwestern University in 1994 and a second bachelor’s in physics at San Francisco State University in 2004.

Bina Venkataraman leads efforts that draw on science and technology to improve public policy and sustain the health of people and the planet. Currently, she is a Carnegie Fellow at New America and teaches in MIT”s department of science, technology, and society. She contributes op-ed columns to the Boston Globe’s Ideas and Opinion sections.  Bina previously served as Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation in the Obama White House, where she developed policies and stood up coalitions to promote action on climate change, with a particular focus on private sector entrepreneurship and community resilience.  She is also a former journalist for The New York Times and The Boston Globe.  Bina is an alumna of Brown University and Harvard’s Kennedy School, and the recipient of Fulbright, a Princeton in Asia fellowship, a Metcalf fellowship, and a James Reston fellowship. She serves on the Brown University President’s Leadership Council, the advisory council of the Institute at Brown for the Environment and Society, and the Board of Earthwatch. She was named a 2015 Global Young Leader by the French-American Foundation.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement #EPS-1004057.

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