Dr. Jeff Dukes Dr. Jeff Dukes, Moderator

Moderator: Jeff Dukes

Dr. Jeff Dukes directs the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and is a professor in Purdue’s Departments of Forestry and Natural Resources and Biological Sciences. He holds the Belcher Chair for Environmental Sustainability in the College of Agriculture.  Dr. Dukes’s research examines how plants and ecosystems respond to a changing environment, focusing on topics from invasive species to climate change.  Much of his experimental work seeks to inform and improve climate models.  Dr. Dukes received a Ph.D from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, both in Biological Sciences.  In 2016, he was named a Public Engagement Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.  As the director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, he has led the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment.
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Liz Anna Kozik Liz Anna Kozik, Panelist

Liz Anna Kozik

Liz Anna Kozik is an interdisciplinary scholar who works at the intersection of science communication, environmental humanities, and art. Her research focuses on the myriad culturo-scientific facets of ecological restoration in the American Midwest. Through comics and an active social media presence, she shares stories of the practices, people, and history of prairie restoration. You can follow her at @Chase_Prairie.

She is currently a PhD student in Environment & Resources at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Sarah McAnulty Sarah McAnulty, Panelist

Sarah McAnulty

Sarah McAnulty is a Ph.D. student at the University of Connecticut and the founder of the science communication platform Skype a Scientist! In her lab-work Sarah studies the relationship between the Hawaiian Bobtail squid and the bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri. Sarah is active in the science communication community. In addition to running Skype a Scientist, she also runs workshops with scientists to improve their communication skills and participates in "science theater" shows in NYC. 



Jame McCray Dr. Jame McCray, Panelist

Jamē McCray

Dr. Jamē McCray is an interdisciplinary ecologist with a passion for dance and theater. She uses the performing arts to increase participation in discussions about today’s environmental challenges. Jamē creates education experiences connecting scientific facts to dance to foster learning, thus helping people develop creative, actionable ideas. She leads STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, and Math) workshops for teachers interested in engaging kinesthetic learners. Jamē works with artists to create high quality art firmly grounded in science. Her choreographic work has been presented at the Philadelphia Flower Show, New York City’s High Line, University of Delaware’s Coast Day, and at school science festivals. She has participated in residencies at Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Tupelo Mississippi’s Link Center, and NYC’s SciArt Center. Jamē is currently the Environmental Social Scientist at Delaware Sea Grant. She is also an adjunct artist with the Dance Exchange and associate artist with the Superhero Clubhouse. Jame holds a PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida, an MA in Marine Policy from the University of Miami, and a BS in Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Jamē has also served in the Peace Corps on the island of Samoa.

Katherine O'Reilly Katherine O'Reilly, Panelist

Katherine O’Reilly

Katherine (Katie) O'Reilly is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on coastal ecology of Lake Michigan with an emphasis on coastal wetland habitats. Katie is a prolific member of the Twitter "#scicomm" (science communication) community as @DrKatfish where she uses social media to communicate ecological issues, including through the use of the popular annual #25DaysofFishmas campaign she created. In 2018, Katie did a Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in Washington, D.C. serving as the Science Communications Specialist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant program. During her fellowship, she learned about communicating science from a federal agency and made connections across the government, non-profit, and academic worlds. Katie sees the ability to communicate science as an important addition to every scientist's skill set that benefits individuals of all career stages - especially grad students! - and breaks down barriers between research and the "real-world."

Shari Rudavksy Shari Rudavky, Panelist

Shari Rudavsky

Shari Rudavsky has covered health and medicine, and the occasional house porn, stories for the Indianapolis Star since 2004. Before joining The Star, she wrote for the Miami Herald, covering education, aging, social services, and health. Her work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, and the now-defunct but ever-interesting Omni magazine.  She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard-Radcliffe College and Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania.


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