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Let’s talk about science: An evening highlighting women with careers in technical & scientific communication

December 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What do coffee, computational biology, and medicine have in common? Science! And the need for scientific and technical communicators to tell stories, build bridges, and translate jargon. Join us to hear three engaging and inspiring personal career stories from local professionals in careers that involve scientific and technical communication. Talks are 10-15min. Refreshments will be served!

When: Thursday Dec 7th at 6pm

Where: Oregon Story Board 411 Northwest Flanders Street #100, Portland OR


Space is limited, RSVP required:

Hanna Neuschwander: Communications Director at World Coffee Research

Hanna has been communicating about coffee and science since 2004. Her writing about coffee and food has appeared in publications including Travel + Leisure, Edible Seattle, Portland Monthly, and the Oregonian, among others. She is the author of Left Coast Roast, a guidebook to artisan and influential coffee roasters on the west coast. She has presented about the history, sustainability, and economics of coffee at everywhere from Boston to Panama City.

Shamilene (Sam) Sivagnanam: Computational Biologist at OHSU

Sam is a wet-lab cell biologist turned computational biologist, she interfaces between two fields: cancer biology and computational programming. These fields are  shoved together by technology and advancements in science, and are still figuring out how to communicate with one another. Currently, she works in bio-image informatics for cancer immunotherapy. I write algorithms and software that take microscopy images of tumors and computationally turn them into quantitative data that inform doctors on treatment decisions. She didn’t always want to be a biologist or a programmer, but her journey has been unconventional, intentional, challenging, satisfying, and is far from over.

Kateri Spinelli, PhD: Health Research Communicator at Providence Health & Services

In her previous life as a biomedical research scientist and in her current role as a Publication Writer at Providence Hospital, Kateri thinks a lot about how to communicate data and distill multi-faceted research results down to the most salient point (or two). To publish papers, get grants, and inspire community support for biomedical and clinical research, there is a growing need for clear communication not just of research results, but the impact and relevance of new discoveries. Telling a compelling story with your data requires first knowing your audience, then carefully tailoring your writing and graphics to highlight what your audience cares the most about. Lately she has been wondering “can we apply what we know about storytelling in science and medicine to help community-impact non-profits tell their story through data?” We live in a data-rich world and storytelling is a part of human nature – when we merge these two aspects of creativity and knowledge, wonderful things can happen.


December 7, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Oregon Story Board
#100, 411 NW Flanders St
Portland, OR 97209
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