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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY Lansing, M.I. ▪ Est. May 2024
Ph.D. in Information and Media (Science Communication)
Dual Appointment: Department of  Advertising + Public Relations; School of Journalism
Second Major: Environmental Science & Policy
Graduate Certifications: Community Engaged Scholarship; College Teaching
Fellowships: Environmental Science & Policy Program Doctoral Recruiting Fellow; Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project Fellow
Research Interests: science communication, public engagement with science, intersection of science/journalism/public relations, science journalism/public relations, science communication training programs
Dissertation Topic: how choices made by journalists/public relations practitioners lead to miscommunicated science


COLUMBIA JOURNALISM SCHOOL New York, N.Y. ▪ May 2016
M.S. in Journalism
Concentration: Science, Health, and Environment
Certificate: Data Skills
Thesis: multimedia long-form narrative piece on the lives of zookeepers, focusing on the challenges and inequities they face


SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY Philadelphia, Pa. ▪ May 2015
B.S. in Biology (Pre-Veterinary), University Honors Degree, Cum Laude
Minors: Journalism, Animal Studies
Thesis: effect of group size/
ratio on the shoaling behavior in goldfish
Relevant Experience: freedom of the press academic exchange with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

EDUCATION

RESEARCH

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES
  • Rodrigues, L., Takahashi, B., Tiffany, L.A., Menezes, S., & Valdéz-Ward, E. (2023). Minoritized Scientists in the United States: An Identity Perspective on Science Communication. Science Communication. doi: 10.1177/10755470231199955.

  • Besley, J.C., & Tiffany, L.A. (2023). What are you assessing when you measure “trust” with a direct measure? Public Understanding of Science. doi: 10.1177/09636625231161302.

  • Tiffany, L.A., Hautea, S., Besley, J.C., Newman, T.P., & Dudo, A. (2022). Effect of Context on Scientists' Normative Beliefs. Science Communication, 44(1): 86-107. doi: 10.1177/10755470211048186.

  • Li, Y., Zhang, Y., Tiffany, L.A., Chen, R., Cai, M., & Liu, J. (2021). Synthesizing social and environmental sensing to monitor the impact of large-scale infrastructure development. Environmental Science & Policy, 124, 527-540. doi: 10.106/j.envsci.2021.07.020.

  • Besley, J.C., Newman, T., Dudo, A., & Tiffany, L.A. (2021). American Scientists' Willingness to Use Different Communication Tactics. Science Communication, 43(4), 486-507. doi: 10.1177/10755470211011159.

  • Besley, J.C., Garlick, S., Fallon-Lambert, K., & Tiffany, L.A. (2021). The role of communication professionals in fostering a culture of public engagement. International Journal of Science Education, Part B, 11(3), 225-241. doi: 10.1080/21548455.2021.1943763.

  • Besley, J.C., Newman, T.P., Dudo, A., & Tiffany, L.A. (2020). Exploring Scholars' Public Engagement Goals in Canada and the United States. Public Understanding of Science, 29(8), 855-867. doi: 10.1177/0963662520950671.

  • Barchas-Lichtenstein, J., Fraser, J., Parson, P., Norlander, R.J., Griffin, J., Akpan, N., Daub, T., Marder, J., Raine, C., Roberts, S.-J., Boulter, M., Carey, T., Dennis, V., Hendry, E., Hugo, K., Khan, S., Kocak, I., Santhanam, L., Shivni, R., Strum, L., Tiffany, L.A., & Wagner, A. (2019). Negotiating Genre and New Media for STEM News. Journalism Practice, 14(6), 643-663. doi:10.1080/17512786.2019.1631711. [Authors listed alphabetically]

  • Tiffany, L.A., & McRobert, S.P. (2013). Population survey of Drosophila species in the Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Drosophila Information Service, 96, 179-180.

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS
  • Tiffany, L.A., Rodrigues, L.M., Takahashi, B., Menezes, S., & Valdez-Ward, E. (2023, May 28). Perceptions of Science Communication Among Environmental Scientists of Historically Minoritized Groups [Conference presentation]. 73rd Annual International Communication Association Conference, Toronto, Canada. [Presenter]

  • Besley, J.C., & Tiffany, L.A. (2022, August 4). What are you assessing when you measure “trust” with a direct measure? [Conference presentation]. 105th Annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Detroit, MI, USA.

  • Tiffany, L.A., & Besley, J.C. (2022, May 28). What Drives Positive Science Festival Evaluations? [Conference poster presentation]. 72nd Annual International Communication Association Conference, Paris, France. [Presenter]

    • Top Poster, Environmental Communication Division

  • Tiffany, L.A., Rodrigues, L.M., Takahashi, B., & Menezes, S. (2022, May 25). Perceptions of Science Communication Among Scientists of Historically Minoritized Groups [Pre-conference presentation]. 72nd Annual International Communication Association Pre-Conference, The Science of Science Communication: Mapping the Field, Sorbonne University, Paris, France. [Presenter]

  • Besley, J.C., Garlick, S., & Tiffany, L.A. (2022, May 28). A Tale of Two Forests: Strategic Public Engagement Requires Leaders [Conference presentation]. 72nd Annual International Communication Association Conference, Paris, France. 

  • Tiffany, L.A., & Besley, J.C. (2021, Nov. 18). Scientists' Ability to Judge the Success of their Public Engagement Efforts [Conference presentation]. Science & You Conference, University of Lorraine, Metz, France [Virtual]. [Presenter]

  • Tiffany, L.A., & Besley, J.C. (2021, July 28). Basic Science vs. Policy: Multi-Engagement Approaches at Long-Term Ecological Research Sites (LTERs) [Conference presentation and panel]. 2021 SciPEP Conference, Communicating the Future: Engaging the Public in Basic Science [Virtual]. [Presenter]

  • Tiffany, L.A., & Besley, J.C. (2020, Sept. 11). Improving Effectiveness Through a Team-Based Communication Strategy [Conference presentation]. CFP for Public Engagement with Science: Defining and Measuring Success Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA [Virtual]. [Presenter]

  • Tiffany, L.A. (2020, August 6-9). The Journalism-Public Relations Role Continuum [Conference presentation]. 103rd Annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, San Francisco, CA, USA [Virtual]. [Presenter]

    • Overall Top Theory Paper, Communication Theory & Methodology 

    • Top Student Paper Competition (2nd place), Communication Theory & Methodology

  • Tiffany, L.A., Hautea, S., & Besley, J. C. (2020, August 6-9). Effect of Context on Scientists' Normative Beliefs and Willingness toward Public Relations [Conference presentation]. 103rd Annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, San Francisco, CA, USA [Virtual]. [Presenter]

  • Joshi, A., Van Witsen, A., Duan, R., Tiffany, L.A., & Takahashi, B. (2020, May 21-25). How Conservation Organizations Visually Communicate about Wildlife Crime: A Content Analysis of Advertisement Images [Conference presentation]. 70th Annual International Communication Association Conference, Gold Coast, Australia [Virtual].

  • Tiffany, L.A., Fingerut, J., & McRobert, S.P. (2015, April). The effect of group size and group ratio on shoaling behavior in goldfish (Carassius auratus) [Conference presentation]. Sigma Xi Research Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, USA. [Presenter]

  • Amin, K., Kesaris, A., Krohn, E., Pappaterra, L., & Tiffany, L.A. (2015, April). A behavioral study of the Suricata suricatta community at the Philadelphia Zoo [Conference presentation]. Animal Behavior Seminar, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. [Presenter] [Authors listed alphabetically]

  • Kesaris, A., Romano, J., Rosario, A., Tiffany, L.A., & Tucci, M. (2014, December). A survey of biodiversity of wading bird and waterfowl communities at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge during the fall 2014 migratory season [Conference presentation]. Ecology Seminar, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. [Presenter] [Authors listed alphabetically]

  • Tiffany, L.A., & McRobert, S.P. (2014, September). Population survey of Drosophila species in the Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. [Conference presentation]. Summer Scholars Research Symposium, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. [Presenter]

  • Tiffany, L.A., York, N., & McRobert, S.P. (2014, September). Life history analysis of Drosophila suzukii [Conference presentation]. Summer Scholars Research Symposium, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. [Presenter]

  • Tiffany, L.A., & McRobert, S.P. (2013, September). Human recognition in a green iguana (Iguana iguana) [Conference presentation]. Summer Scholars Research Symposium, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. [Presenter]

  • Tiffany, L.A., & McRobert, S.P. (2013, September). Reaction of various turtle species to novel stimuli [Conference presentation]. Summer Scholars Research Symposium, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. [Presenter]

 

MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW
  • Tiffany, L.A. (Under Review). The Journalism-Public Relations Role Continuum. Journalism.

  • Tiffany, L.A., & Besley, J.C. (Under Review). What Drives Positive Science Festival Evaluations? International Journal of Science Education, Part B.

  • Tiffany, L.A., & Besley, J.C. (Under Review). Demand for Trustworthiness Information in the Context of COVID-19 and Genetically Engineered Food. Journal of Science Communication.

  • Tiffany, L.A., Rodrigues, L.M., Takahashi, B., Menezes, S., & Valdéz-Ward, E. (Under Review). Perceptions of Science Communication Among Environmental Scientists of Historically Minoritized Groups. Science Communication.

  • Besley, J.C., Garlick, S., Fallon-Lambert, K., & Tiffany, L.A. (Under Review). A Tale of Two Forests: Strategic Public Engagement Needs Leaders. Science Communication.

  • Joshi, A., Van Witsen, A., Duan, R., Tiffany, L.A., & Takahashi, B. (Under Review). How Conservation Organizations Visually Communicate about Wildlife Crime: A Content Analysis of Advertisement Images. Environmental Communication.

REVIEWER/JUDGE/CHAIR/ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
  • Science Communication [Journal Reviewer] (September 2023-present)

  • International Communication Association Conference [Session Chair] (Communication Science, Health, and Environment Division) (May 2022-present)

  • Public Understanding of Science [Journal Reviewer] (January 2021-present)

  • International Communication Association Conference [Conference Reviewer] (Divisions: Environmental Communication, Public Relations) (January 2020-present)

  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference [Conference Reviewer] (Divisions: Communication Theory and Methodology; Communication Science, Health, and Environment; Risk; Advertising) (January 2020-present)

  • Environmental Science and Policy Research Symposium (2023, October) [Organizing Committee] (August 2023-October 2023)

  • Michigan State University MA Thesis Committee [Judge] (April 2021)

 

GRANTS
  • National Science Foundation Division Of Research On Learning; "Intercultural Science Communication Research and Training to Broaden Participation Among Historically Minoritized Science Practitioners"; Award #s: DRL-2115971 and DRL-2115522; PIs: Bruno Takahashi, Ph.D., and Sunshine Menenzes, Ph.D.; Grant Total Amount: $2.8 mil; Role: Researcher

  • National Science Foundation Division Of Research On Learning; "Collaborative Research: Embedding Public Engagement with Science at Long-Term Ecological Research Sites"; Award #: DRL-1713197; PI: John Besley, Ph.D.; Grant Amount: $262,000; Role: Researcher

  • Michigan State University Summer Research Grant; "Message Production in Science Communication"; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $4,000

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant; "The effect of group size and group ratio on shoaling behavior in goldfish (Carassius auratus)"; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $5,000

  • Sigma Xi Student Research Grant; "The effect of group size and group ratio on shoaling behavior in goldfish (Carassius auratus)"; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $3,000

  • Saint Joseph's University Summer Scholars Research Grant; "The effect of group size and group ratio on shoaling behavior in goldfish (Carassius auratus)"; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $6,000

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant; "Population survey of Drosophila species in the Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania, U.S.A."; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $4,000

  • Sigma Xi Student Research Grant; "Population survey of Drosophila species in the Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania, U.S.A."; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $4,000

  • Saint Joseph's University Summer Scholars Research Grant; "Population survey of Drosophila species in the Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania, U.S.A."; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $5,000

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant; "Life history analysis of Drosophila suzukii"; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $3,500

  • Sigma Xi Research Grant; "Life history analysis of Drosophila suzukii"; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $3,300

  • Saint Joseph's University Summer Scholars Research Grant; "Life history analysis of Drosophila suzukii"; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $5,000

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant; "Human recognition in a green iguana (Iguana iguana)"; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $4,500

  • Sigma Xi Student Research Grant; "Human recognition in a green iguana (Iguana iguana)"; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $2,400

  • Saint Joseph's University Summer Scholars Research Grant; "Human recognition in a green iguana (Iguana iguana)"; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $4,900

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant; "Reaction of various turtle species to novel stimuli"; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $5,100

  • Sigma Xi Student Research Grant; "Reaction of various turtle species to novel stimuli"; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $3,100

  • Saint Joseph's University Summer Scholars Research Grant "Reaction of various turtle species to novel stimuli"; PI: Leigh Anne Tiffany; Total Amount: $5,000

TEACHING
EXPERIENCE
INSTRUCTOR OF RECORD
  • JRN 472: Environmental, Science and Health Reporting (undergraduate and masters course, 20 students) Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (Spring Semester 2023)

  • JRN 200: Writing and Reporting News (undergraduate course, 20 students), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA (Fall Semester 2022-Spring Semester 2023)

  • JRN 472: Communication for Environmental Advocacy (undergraduate and graduate course, 15 students), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA (Summer Semester 2022)

  • JRN 325: Journalism History (undergraduate course, 50 students), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA (Summer Semester 2021)

 

TEACHING ASSISTANT
  • JRN 345: Images and Messages (undergraduate course, 50 students), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA (Spring Semester 2021)

    • Guest teacher, lecture topics: visualizing data; use of images in science

  • JRN 325: Journalism History (undergraduate course, 50 students), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI,USA (Fall Semester 2020) 

    • Guest teacher, lecture topics: muckraking and public health; pandemics and the press)

  • BIO 401L: Animal Behavior (undergraduate and graduate course, 40 students), Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, USA (Spring Semester 2015)

  • BIO 408L: Ecology (undergraduate and graduate course, 40 students), Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, USA (Fall Semester 2014)

 
GUEST LECTURE
  • JRN 472: Environmental Reporting (undergraduate and graduate course, 30 students), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (September 2021)

    • Topic: role of communications professionals in science communication

  • FW 895: The Practice of Outreach & Engagement (graduate course, 25 students), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (January 2020)

    • Topic: public engagement and communicating science

  • JRN 372: Covering Environmental and Science News (graduate course, 15 students), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA (October 2019)

    • Topic: science communication approaches and goals from the perspective of journalists, public relations practitioners, and scientists

  • BIO 200: Lectures in Biology (undergraduate and graduate course, 250 students), Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, USA (May 2015)

    • Topic: shoaling behavior and use of live streaming in animal behavior research


OTHER EXPERIENCES
  • GEOKids

    • Developed curricula and solo-taught elementary school science classes in low-income school districts

    • Designed an online-based educational program that exposes elementary/middle school students to university-level research, giving them hands-on experience conducting research, analyzing data, and drafting/publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals

  • Mount Saint Joseph Academy High School

    • As a high school student, assumed full teaching responsibilities of high school’s arts classes when the professor left midway through the year

  • Tutor (Various)

    • Paid and volunteer, working with elementary/high school/college/adult students – many in low-income areas – for a variety of subjects (Mathematics, English, Science, French, Mandarin (Chinese), Latin, History, Computer Science, etc.

 

RESEARCH
EXPERIENCE
RESEARCH ASSISTANT August 2019-present  East Lansing, MI, USA
Michigan State University                                                                                   
John Besley, Ph.D.
  • Complete start-to-finish studies using cognitive interviewing and surveys
  • Research and edit 15 book chapters
  • Coordinate research with partners at other universities/research centers
  • Assist in research, writing, and submission of 3 NSF grant proposals
  • Research results in numerous conference and peer-review journal publications (see “Research” section)
Bruno Takahashi, Ph.D.
  • Develop new methodologies for measuring effectiveness of journalism training programs
  • Collaborate with partners on an NSF grant looking at historically minoritized groups within science communication
  • Mentor younger research assistants (undergraduate/graduate/Ph.D.)
  • Research results in numerous conferences (see “Research” section)
RESEARCH MANAGER August 2019-August 2023  East Lansing, MI, USA                                                            
SONA Research Systems, Michigan State University                                            
  • Maintained the SONA Research Systems (platforms to connect researchers with participant pools, both for student credit and paid non-MSU participants) for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Created campaigns to bring in new demographics of participants
  • Formulated new funding avenues to allow the expansion of the platforms
  • Digitized the records for the systems

RESEARCH AND OUTREACH DIRECTOR January 2012-May 2015  Philadelphia, PA, USA                                      
Biodiversity Laboratories, Saint Joseph’s University      
  • Managed a team of 26 graduate and undergraduate researchers in caring for endangered and extinct-in-the-wild species in five laboratories
  • Directed the research of the laboratories’ researchers while conducting individual research initiatives (see “Research” section)
  • Organized outreach efforts with the local community, international conservation non-profits, and the government of India
  • Promoted the conservation work through local news outlets, multimedia press packages, and social media, leading to additional funding for research
RESEARCH
EXPERIENCE
SOCIAL MEDIA GRADUATE ASSISTANT August 2023-present  East Lansing, MI, USA                                        
The Graduate School, Michigan State University                          
  • Develop and implement strategic communication campaigns for the social media presence of The Graduate School at Michigan State University

  • Design all social media posts, including graphics, photos, and videos of varying lengths

  • Maintain the social media platforms of The Graduate School

  • Increase social media views by over 400% in under one month

 

SOCIAL MEDIA ASSOCIATE July 2023-present  East Lansing, MI, USA                                                            
WKAR Public Media       
  • Create content for WKAR’s 11 unique social media platforms

  • Collaborate on approaches to diversify the content on these platforms to expand our audience

  • Develop pitch decks for new content categories and campaigns for social media

  • Assist with varied non-social media projects throughout the radio, television, education, and marketing arms of WKAR

 

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST January 2019-July 2019  Washington, D.C., USA                  
COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE December 2016-January 2019  Washington, D.C., USA                                          
Defenders of Wildlife                                                                                                                             
  • Planned and implemented media strategies for national campaigns and regional offices

  • Conducted trainings for scientists and outside partners on media interactions and public speaking (e.g., testifying before the United States Congress; communicating with non-scientists)

  • Wrote press releases, media advisories, talking points, fact sheets, and magazine articles

  • Created start-to-finish multimedia, involving capturing and editing photos/video/audio

  • Built relationships with reporters, acting as their primary contact for wildlife science nationwide

  • Organized press and outreach events

  • Led national surveys, focus groups, and polls start-to-finish

  • Designed a multimedia editing suite and organization-wide multimedia storybank

 

SCIENCE AND SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS FELLOW June 2016-December 2016  Arlington, VA, USA                      

PBS NewsHour/National Science Foundation                                                                      

  • Created templates for legacy media outlets on the most effective ways to tell science stories

  • Produced stories on multiple platforms, including Facebook/Facebook Live, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, web, and broadcast

  • Developed a journal article on results of fellowship work (see "Research" section)

 

SCIENCE REPORTER/COMMUNICATION CONSULTANT June 2014-June 2016  Philadelphia, PA, USA               

NPR (WHYY The Pulse)                                                                                                                           

  • Produced articles and radio segments about science-related topics for NPR’s science journalism program, WHYY The Pulse

  • Worked with a 10-person team to nationalize the show, primarily producing the show's press kit and developing an international source list with leaders in STEAMM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and medicine)

ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR/STAFF WRITER January 2014-January 2015  Philadelphia, PA, USA                                 

The Hawk Newspaper                                                                                                                         

  • Edited the news sections of The Hawk Newspaper

  • Advised all science and health pieces across all verticals

  • Helped develop the content (campus, Philadelphia-area, national, and global coverage) that won the paper an Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award

CORRESPONDENT January 2014-December 2014  Philadelphia, PA, USA                                                                              College Media Matters                                                                                                               

  • Profiled the top college journalists and college publications in the country

  • Created a live-tweeted article on graduate journalism programs featured on the homepage of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and other international outlets

  • Contributed to running daily columns on the platform, many of which were cross posted on other mainstream media platforms (e.g., The Huffington Post and USA TODAY College)

 

DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATE May 2014-October 2014  Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA                                                                  

NBC News/NBC Philadelphia                                                                                                          

  • Developed original, exclusive content for NBC News and its local affiliates

  • Managed the Digital News Desk for the fourth-largest media market

  • Actualized critical information for breaking news events using only social media

 

PUBLIC OUTREACH MENTOR September 2008-January 2014  Philadelphia and Norristown, PA, USA                                  

Philadelphia Zoo                                                                               

Elmwood Park Zoo                                                                                                                                            

  • Led teams of over 50 young adult volunteers in caring for the zoos' endangered and extinct-in-the-wild species

  • Organized press events, promotional programs, and outreach in the local community to broaden and diversify the audience of the zoos' work

  • Supported the zoos' missions of conservation through developing education campaigns and live presentations for millions of visitors daily

 
HONORS/
AWARDS
AWARDS
  • Top Poster, Environmental Communication Division (72nd Annual International Communication Association Conference) (May 2022)

  • Top Theory Paper, Communication Theory & Methodology Division (103rd Annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference (August 2020)

  • Top Student Paper Competition (2nd Place), Communication Theory & Methodology (103rd Annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) (August 2020)

  • Spartan Volunteer Service Award (A Presidential Designation) (Michigan State University) (November 2020)

  • New York Women in Communications Scholar (New York Women in Communications) (May 2015, May 2019)

  • Marilyn Laurie Reporting Scholar (Columbia Journalism School) (April 2016)

  • Regional Top Student Service Organization Founder (Saint Joseph’s University) (May 2014)

  • Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award (Associated Collegiate Press) (October 2014)

  • University of Pennsylvania Summer VETS Scholar (University of Pennsylvania) (July 2014)

  • Presidential Academia Scholar (Saint Joseph's University) (January 2012-May 2015)

  • Dean's List (Saint Joseph's University) (December 2011-May 2015)

  • Champion of Caring Philadelphia Service Award (Champions of Caring) (March 2009, March 2010, March 2011)

  • Girl Scout Gold and Silver Awards (Girl Scouts of the United States of America) (April 2011 and April 2007, respectively)

 

SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Doctoral Student Excellence Fellowship (April 2023)

  • Michael A. and Sandra S. Clark Scholarship in Environmental and Science Journalism (School of Journalism, Michigan State University) (April 2022)

  • Bonnie B. Reece Graduate Scholarship (Department of Advertising + Public Relations, Michigan State University) (April 2022)

  • Mickie L. Edwardson Endowed Scholarship in Journalism (School of Journalism, Michigan State University) (April 2020, April 2022)

  • College of Communication Arts and Sciences Endowed Scholarship (School of Journalism, Michigan State University) (April 2020, April 2021, April 2022)

  • Janet L. Loria Scholarship (Department of Advertising + Public Relations, Michigan State University) (April 2021)

  • Decker & Muns Friendship Memorial Scholarship (Michigan State University) (April 2020)

  • Serendipity Communication Arts and Sciences Scholarship (College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University) (April 2020)

  • Ellen L. and Clyde L. Burton Scholarship (School of Journalism, Michigan State University) (April 2020)

  • Provost Academic Achievement Scholarship (Saint Joseph's University) (January 2012, January 2013, January 2014, January 2015)

  • Barbelin Academic Achievement Scholarship (Saint Joseph's University) (January 2012, January 2013, January 2014, January 2015)

 

HONORS SOCIETIES
  • Phi Kappa Phi (Graduate Student Honors Society) (Inducted January 2021)

  • Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honors Society) (Inducted April 2015)

  • Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honors Society) (Inducted September 2014)

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-Health Professional Honors Society) (Inducted April 2013)

  • Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Honors Society) (Inducted April 2012)

  • National Honors Society (Inducted April 2008)

 
ORGANIZATIONS
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

    • Graduate Steering Committee, ComSHER Division (August 2022-present)

  • Association for Doctoral Students in Information & Media (Michigan State University)

    • Advertising + Public Relations Representative (September 2020-May 2022)

    • Voting Member: Information & Media Graduate Studies Committee, Advertising + Public Relations Graduate Studies Committee, and Department of Advertising + Public Relations

    • New Faculty Hire Search Committee (Academic Year 2022)

  • MSU SciComm

    • Literacy Chair (January 2021-present)

    • Editor-in-Chief of the MSU SciComm blog

    • Organize guest speakers for MSU graduate students interested in science communication

  • New York Women in Communications

    • Committee Member (May 2015-present)

    • Scholar (May 2015-May 2016, May 2019-May 2020)

  • National Association of Science Writers

    • Inaugural Public Information Officer/Journalism Steering Committee (October 2018-present)

  • Society of Professional Journalists

    • Board Member, Columbia University Chapter (August 2015-May 2016)

  • International Communication Association (August 2019-present)

  • International Environmental Communication Association (August 2019-present)

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (January 2012-present)

  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (August 2019-present)

  • Society for Risk Analysis (August 2019-present)

  • National Communication Association (August 2019-present)

  • Public Relations Society of America (January 2017-present)

 

VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS
  • Hawks for Heroes

    • Founder (January 2012-present)

    • President (January 2012-August 2014)

    • Award-winning collegiate service organization that provides support for first responders, military, veterans, and their families

    • Framework for organization implemented in over 26 colleges and universities

  • Daughters of the American Revolution

    • Michigan State Vice Chair of Pages (July 2021-June 2024)

    • Organizing Chapter First Vice Regent (September 2021-June 2025)

    • Junior Membership Chapter Committee Chair (July 2021-June 2025)

    • Conservation Chapter Committee Chair (August 2023-June 2025)

    • Protocol Chapter Committee Chair (August 2023-June 2025)

    • Insignia Chapter Committee Chair (July 2023-June 2025)

    • Good Citizens Scholarship Chapter Committee Chair (August 2023-June 2025)

    • Chapter Chaplain (July 2021-June 2023)

    • Historical Preservation Chapter Committee Chair (2021-2023)

    • Michigan State Vice Chair of Junior Membership (July 2020-June 2021)

    • Creating DEI initiatives throughout the organization

  • FIRST Robotics Team #433 “The Firebirds”

    • Communications Mentor (June 2011-December 2016)

  • Women in Media Society

    • Alumni Coordinator, Columbia University Chapter (August 2015-May 2016)

 
SKILLS
  • Methodologies

    • Interview (structured/semi-structured/cognitive)

    • Survey

    • Systematic Literature Review (Cochrane method)

    • Content Analysis

  • Data Collection

    • Qualtrics

    • MTurk

    • SONA

    • NVivo

  • Data Analysis

    • R

    • SPSS

  • Citation Management

    • Zotero

    • EndNote

  • Adobe Creative Suite

  • Microsoft Office Suite

  • Media Management

    • Google Analytics

    • Chartbeat

    • Clickability

    • Dalet

    • Omniture

    • WordPress

    • Cision

    • Muck Rack

    • Trello

    • PressPage

  • Programming

    • R

    • HTML

    • CSS

    • JavaScript

  • Multimedia Production

    • Videographer/ Photographer

    • Editor (Photo/ Video/Audio)

    • Narrator

    • Producer

 
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