Students

Students

Josh Anderson
Department of Life Sciences Communication
jtanderson5@wisc.edu

Josh Anderson is a Master’s student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Josh’s research interests focus on factors that affect credibility in science.  He is especially interested in how changes in the consumption of scientific information have come about with new media and how these changing patterns affect credibility.

 

Becca Beets
Department of Life Sciences Communication
becca.beets@wisc.edu

Becca Beets is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Becca is interested in the connections between science communication, risk perception, and public policy. Specifically, how communication around emerging and controversial areas of science can be adapted for different stakeholders to improve policy outcomes.

 

Mikhaila Calice
Department of Life Sciences Communication
mcalice@wisc.edu

Mikhaila Calice is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mikhaila’s research interests include risk, political communication, and public deliberation, specifically regarding topics and technologies related to U.S. energy policy. She is particularly interested in how controversial science issues related to climate change and the energy transition are communicated to the public and policy-makers.

 

Isabelle Freiling
Department of Life Sciences Communication
ifreiling@wisc.edu

Isabelle Freiling is a Fulbright Visiting Researcher in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this spring semester. Isabelle is a doctoral student in the Research Training Group “Trust and Communication in a Digitized World” at the University of Münster, Germany. She is interested in media use and effects, as well as science and political communication, with a particular interest in how social media users try to detect misinformation.

 

Nicole Krause
Department of Life Sciences Communication
nmkrause@wisc.edu

Nicole Krause is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nicole is interested in science, risk, and political communication, with a particular interest in controversial issues and the politicization of science. She is also interested in public perceptions of risks facing the Great Lakes, especially among Wisconsin residents.

 

Anqi Shao
Department of Life Sciences Communication
anqi.shao@wisc.edu

Anqi Shao is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Anqi is interested in the public opinion climate in controversial science and technology issues, with a particular interest in studying science-related messages, and the dynamics of them spreading in social networks. She is also interested in computational communication research methods.

 

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

Christopher Wirz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chris is interested in the public opinion, (social) media discourse, and systems involved in the communication of science, technology, health, and risk-related topics, especially as the issues become controversial and politicized. He is also interested in the ways different stakeholders navigate the communication landscapes surroundings these issues.

 

Shiyu Yang
Department of Life Sciences Communication
syang364@wisc.edu

Shiyu Yang is a doctoral student in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shiyu’s research interests center on risk and science communication. Specifically, she is interested in studying how people use information to make judgments about various health, environmental, and technological risks, and the underlying cognitive and affective processes that shape individuals’ risk perception and risk-related decision-making and behaviors.