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PhD Career Connections: Medical and Science Writing and Healthcare Communication

Posted by on Friday, August 19, 2016 in Upcoming BRET Office of Career Development Events .

Join us in welcoming Karen Ventii, PhD and Dr. Abby Olena, PhD, to campus.

Dr. Karen Ventii is the Vice-President of Medical Communications at Gold Star Communications. Dr. Ventii has worked as a full time medical writer since 2005. After realizing her passion for empowering other medical writers, she launched Gold Star Communications in 2011 to support the training and development of burgeoning and established medical writers. The company also provides tactical implementation support to pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients who specialize in oncology. Dr. Ventii has a PhD in Biochemistry (with a focus in oncology) from Emory University, as well as an MS and BS in Biology from Duquesne University. When she’s not writing or creating training materials, you can find her binge-watching reruns of 'The Big Bang Theory’.

Dr. Abby Olena, PhD, is a science communicator living in Carrboro, North Carolina. Until June 2016, Dr. Olena was a postdoctoral fellow in Science & Society at Duke University, where she focused on getting scientists the communication tools they need to share their work with non-scientists. Dr. Olena has a PhD in biological sciences from Vanderbilt University and has been the editorial intern at The Scientist and a AAAS Mass Media Fellow at the Chicago Tribune, where she faced head-on the challenges of communicating science to a general audience and learned a boatload.


Friday, September 9, 2016
9:00 AM-10:00 AM 
Light Hall 214


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