Students

Jenny Chung
Department of Life Sciences Communication
jhchung1@wisc.edu

Jenny Chung is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jenny’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.

 

Pat DeFlorin
Department of Life Sciences Communication
deflorin@wisc.edu

Pat DeFlorin is a Master’s student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is interested in distilling and communicating complex science topics so that they resonate with lay audiences.

 

headshot_eichmeier_09252015April Eichmeier
Department of Life Sciences Communication
aaeichmeier@wisc.edu

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
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
elhowell@wisc.edu

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
pakohl@wisc.edu

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
anardi@wisc.edu

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
okada2@wisc.edu

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
kmrose@wisc.edu

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.

 

rungeKristin Runge
Department of Life Sciences Communication
kkrunge@wisc.edu

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.

 

Christopher Wirz
Department of Life Sciences Communication
cwirz@wisc.edu

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.