Each year, we host a workshop for one semester and invite a speaker for the other! We have also attended symposia and conducted live blogging. For the latest updates about upcoming events, check our Twitter feed or Facebook page, or email us at MiSciWriters.leaders@umich.edu!


Coffee hour with Ellen Brennan

April 11 at 3:00 PM EST. Join us on zoom for our next alumni coffee hour with Ellen Brennan! Ellen graduated with her Neuroscience PhD in 2021 and is now a program administrator at NASA. She will tell us about her path from PhD to working at NASA!

You’re a Science Communicator! Now, Change. 

Tuesday, March 28th from 3:30-5:00pm. Join MSW in a science communication workshop with Jacqueline Goldstein and learn how to best communicate science to a diversity of audiences.


Tuesday, December 6th from 4:30-5:45 PM. Join with MSW, cataLIST, and ESPA on in CHEM 1300 for a writing workshop on Writing and Pitching Your Science Stories!
WORKSHOP Writing and pitching your science stories

November 10th from 4:30 – 5:30 PM in Med Sci II Room 3813/3817. Join us to chat with an incredible group of Michigan science communicators from many areas. This will be an in-person event only with masks required.
RSVP is required. Note: you can only RSVP with your UM email. Make sure to open the RSVP form with your UM email.  Follow this link to RSVP.

The breadth of experience includes book authorship, podcasting, journalism, and policy. See speakers below.
Monica Dus – Associate professor at UM LSA, nutrigenomics research, podcaster and science writer
Kelly Malcolm – lead research communicator at Michigan Medicine Health blog
Abdul El-Sayed – candidate for MI governor in 2018, visiting professor at Ford (teaching classes including Public Policy Narrative Advocacy and Policy Change), former Detroit Public Health director, author and podcaster
Alicia Comer – UM Natural History Museum, science outreach grants manager and director of the Science Communication Fellows program
Johanna Youghans – Editor-in-Chief of Michigan Medicine’s Health blogs
MeiLan Han – Pulmonary and Critical Care Division Chief, UM Internal Medicine, author of Breathing Lessons, and spokesperson for the American Lung Association


November 2 at 4:00 PM EST. Join us on zoom for our next alumni coffee hour with Rebecca Dzombak! Rebecca graduated with her Earth & Environmental Science PhD in 2021 and is now a freelance science writer. She has written about “the natural world, past, present and future, with a special interest in conservation, ecology, and agriculture” for The New York Times and Scientific American among others. She will tell us about her path from PhD to freelance writing.


April 4. Join us virtually at 1pm for our next alumni networking event, as we host Dr. Christina Vallianatos! Christina who is a former MSW editor and MI DNA Day founder, will discuss her path from graduate school to an outreach career as a Genomics Educator for The Jackson Laboratory. 

MSW webinar series

February 23. We will be hosting Robert Irion for a virtual writing workshop on February 23 at 4-5:45pm Eastern Time! Rob is a science journalist and Director Emeritus / Program Advisor for the Science Communication Master’s Program at the University of California Santa Cruz. During his seminar titled “Science Writing Tips and Tools”, Rob will cover basic approaches to sharpen your explanatory prose, finding hidden gems to pitch as news stories, working with editors and publications, and career first steps. Register for the workshop here.

Optionally, Rob invites participants to email him 1-2 short pieces of science writing (published or unpublished) ahead of time. Submissions should be intended for students or non-scientists (think New York Times Science section or MiSciWriters blog, not academic reviews or original research papers). During the first part of the workshop, Rob will share a few excerpts anonymously to show “before and after” editing tips. Please send samples to him directly by Wed 2/9. To thank you for submitting your science writing for this workshop, we have partnered with the UM SACNAS chapter to give away coffee gift cards to those who submit pieces – make sure to cc misciwriters.leaders@umich.edu on your submission email to Rob so we can get you a coffee card!

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November 16. How to Write a Blog (without the overwhelm): Writing a blog post should be fun, not overwhelming… On Tuesday, Nov. 16th at 4-5pm, MSW co-founder and alum Dr. Ada Hagan will walk attendees through the steps of writing a great blog post in a 1-hour webinar sponsored by MiSciWriters. Register here to obtain the link for this virtual workshop. We hope you join us!

How to Write a Blog Flyer

October 8. For our fifth alumni networking event and first of the school year, we will be hosting Dr. Isabel Colón-Bernal, former MSW writer, editor, and translator, and current MSW Spanish Language Coordinator! During this round-table discussion, Isabel will talk about her transition from chemistry research during graduate school to her current position as a Technical Writer for Thermo Fisher Scientific. Bring your questions and beverage of choice, and join us for this virtual event at 5pm on the 8th by following this link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/95792177942. Hope to see you there!MSW webinar series

April 21. For our fourth alumni network event, former MSW editor and MI DNA Day founder, Dr. Christina Vallianatos, comes to talk about her path from graduate school to outreach career as the Genomics Educator for the Jackson Laboratory. Join us at 5 pm on the 21st by following this link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/98173372858

MSW webinar series

Mar 16. For our third alumni network event, former MSW editor, ComSciCon-MI chair, and RELATE-er Stephanie Deppe, Ph.D., comes to talk about her journey into space scicomm all the way from sunny California! Join us with this link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/96555158954.


Nov 13. For our second alumni network event, former editor-in-chief Dr. Irene Park will be taking her lunch in California to talk about going from news, to science, to medical writing! Join us with this link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/99029002207

Oct 30. First of many alumni network events! Dr. Andrew McAllister will be doing a coffee hour meet and greet to let us know how he uses science communication skills in his science policy career. Join us with this link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/99029002207


May 21. Know Your Audience: Research Writing to Reach Non-Specialists with Jill Jividen, the Director of Research Development.


March 18. Personal Branding and Scientific Impact in the Social Media Age, with Dr. Paige Jarreau.



November 7. Writing Workshop with Jimmy Brancho and networking happy hour.


August 25-26. A host of ComSciCon Michigan 2018

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March 30. Live blog the RNA Symposium.

January 22. Editing Workshop with Scott Barolo

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