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Coffee Chat with alumna Abby Olena, Ph.D.

Posted by on Friday, August 30, 2019 in Announcements, Upcoming BRET Office of Career Development Events .

If you have ever considered a career in science writing and communication, we encourage you to come visit with alumna, Abby Olena, Ph.D., over coffee to hear about her career as a science communicator.  Abby completed her PhD in Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University in 2015. During her PhD training, she was awarded a coveted AAAS Mass Media Fellowship where she spent the summer at the Chicago Tribune reporting and writing science, health, and environment stories.   She also served as an editorial intern with The Scientist writing science stories for online and print media, as well as managing the magazine’s Facebook and Twitter presence.

After completing her PhD, she went on to a science communication postdoctoral fellow in Science & Society at Duke University where she worked to help scientists gain the communication skills they need to share their work effectively with journalists, policymakers, and the public. Among other endeavors, she developed and taught “Communication for Scientists,” a semester-long, professional development course in communication for graduate students in the sciences.

Most recently, she has been working as a freelance science writer for the last three years from her home base in the Raleigh-Durham area.  You can read more about her and browse her writing and workshops at her personal website:

Friday, September 13
350 Light Hall

Please register here. 


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