Communicating Science Seminar Series

The Medical School Office of Research invites any member of the biomedical research community to a FREE seminar series, tailored to answer many of your questions about communications here at the university and beyond. From PR and social media, to data visualization, to website development, these sessions will help you learn more about the ins and outs of communicating your science to the general public.  

Refreshments provided! Please RSVP to the selected sessions you would like to attend.  


Communicating Science Session 1
Public Relations and External Audience Communications

Thursday, September 15
11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Room 5000, Taubman Health Sciences Library

Take a closer look at the many resources available to promote your research project to external media. With over 15 years of experience in communications at the U-M Health System, Kara Gavin will provide you with best practices as well as the initial steps to begin promoting your own research. 

Kara Gavin, M.S., UMHS Department of Communications

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Communicating Science Session 2

The Web, Social Media, and Your Research 

Tuesday, October 4
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Room 2813, Med Sci 2  

Interested in online exposure? Attend this jam-packed session to discuss online etiquette and the digital communication resources available to researchers. Joyce Lee, Kelly Davenport, and Kara Gavin will provide all of the information you need to transition online. Whether you’re an experienced Twitter user or a novice looking to create a more professional online presence, this is the session for you!

Immediately following the lectures by Dr. Lee and Kelly Davenport, guests are invited to join Kara Gavin for a supplemental Getting Started Workshop. Bring your laptop, and Kara will provide hands-on assistance with social media or other web platforms. 

Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H., Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
Kelly Davenport, M.S.I., Michigan MultiMedia
Kara Gavin, M.S., UMHS Department of Communications

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Additional Resources: 
Joyce Lee, We No Longer Live in the 1990s
Joyce Lee,
Joyce Lee, The Networked Public Physician: Will you take the plunge?


Communicating Science Session 3

Scholarly Communication & Dissemination

Monday, October 24
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room 5000, Taubman Health Sciences Library 

In this informative session, Jean Song, the Assistant Director of Academic and Clinical Engagement at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, will discuss the dissemination of science and the resources available to U-M medical researchers. Molly Kleinman of the Medical School Information Services will also provide an in-depth look at the Open.Michigan educational resource dedicated to sharing innovative research projects with the global learning community.  

Jean Song, M.S.I., Taubman Health Sciences Library
Molly Kleinman, M.S.I., M.A., Medical School Information Services

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Communicating Science Session 4

Don't Blind Them with Science! How to Write in Plain Language 

Tuesday, November 15
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Room 5320, Taubman Health Sciences Library
(two identical workshops - space is limited, please choose one when you RSVP)  


Friday, November 18
8:00 AM -10:00 AM
Room 5320, Taubman Health Sciences Library  

Grant writing expert, Jill Jividen, Ph.D., will be conducting a hands-on writing workshop for any interested biomedical researcher. As the Senior Manger for Research Development Support within the UMMS Office of Research, Dr. Jividen will work one-on-one with you during this two-hour session, and provide all the tips and tricks to making your proposals engaging as well as informative.  

Jill Jividen, Ph.D., UMMS Office of Research 

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Communicating Science Session 5

Introduction to Data Visualization 

Friday, December 9
Room 5000, THSL

Communicating through data graphics provides a quick overview to your reader and instantly engages them in your science. Join the experts of the U-M Library system, as they provide insight into the importance of data visualization and the resources available to you, right here on campus.

Marci Brandenburg, M.S., M.S.I., Taubman Health Sciences Library
Justin Joque, Ph.D., M.S.I., Stephen S. Clark Library
Eric Maslowski, Digital Media Commons

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Interested in learning more before the event? Explore these communication resources available online.

Questions? Contact Morgan Hayward at