Students

Jenny Chung
Department of Life Sciences Communication

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Jenny Chung is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-MadisonJenny’s research interests include nutrition, food consumption patterns, production technologies, and fast food with an emphasis on marketing, strategic communications and public perceptions of the food industry.  Her current project examines the marketability of nutrition information in fast food advertising. 

 

Doroshenko_Portrait_smallLarisa Doroshenko
Department of Communication Arts

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Larisa Doroshenko is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests focus on political communication, civic engagement, polarization, and public opinion. She is especially interested in democratic potential of new media and how the internet affects political participation. Currently she is exploring impact of online news on extremity of citizens’ ideological positions.

 

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Department of Life Sciences Communication
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April
is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interest interests include the relationship among values, attitudes and beliefs about scientific issues and how these variables impact policy. April is also an undergraduate lecturer for Life Sciences Communication, where she teaches Communication in Life Science Industries.

 

Emily Howell
Department of Life Sciences Communication
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
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Emily Howell is a doctoral student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Emily is in the Energy Analysis and Policy graduate certificate program and interested in how science communication can facilitate greater citizen involvement in energy policy-making and create more effective policy. Her research looks at the public perception of the risk and benefits associated with hydraulic fracturing in the U.S. and what political, knowledge-based, and trust factors play into those perceptions.

 

Patrice Kohl
Department of Life Sciences Communication

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Patrice Kohl is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Patrice’s research interests focus on the role of mass media in influencing public perception of scientific and environmental issues, and how people, science and scientists mix online.

 

Anne Nardi
Department of Life Sciences Communication

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Anne Nardi is a master’s student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Anne’s interest include local and organic food communications and how social norms influence environmental behavior change.

 

Tomoko Okada
Department of Life Sciences Communication

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Tomoko Okada is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tomoko’s research interests focus on science and risk communication, and public opinion. She is particularly interested in studying how media influence public understanding and the process underlying opinion formation in scientific issues.

 

Kathleen Rose
Department of Life Sciences Communication

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Kate Rose is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kate’s research interests focus on science and risk communication.  In particular, she is interested in studying public opinion and understanding of controversial science and environmental issues, and the public and scientific discourse surrounding those issues.

 

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Department of Life Sciences Communication

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Kristin Runge is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kristin is interested in strategic communication, public opinion and the marketing/counter-marketing of science and technology. Her primary research focus is on the different ways in which both proponents and opponents of science issues use communication channel strategies to advance their point of view. Currently she is researching how social media is used as a platform to create informal networks around nanotechnology and intelligent design/creationism. 

 

Auste Valinciute
Department of Life Sciences Communication

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Auste Valinciute is a visiting Fulbright scholar in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a third year doctoral student in the Faculty of Communication at Vilnius University in Lithuania. Auste is interested in understanding public opinion, decisions, and behaviors relating to various health and science related issues. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on how message framing influences people’s intentions and attitudes on vaccination.

 

Christopher Wirz
Department of Life Sciences Communication

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Christopher Wirz is a master’s student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication. Chris is interested in how the public perceives the risks and benefits of emerging technologies. He is also interested in science literacy and public deference to science in the US.