Advancing the Art of Science Communication

2017/18 Content Experts

cSw student writers are required to identify and interview at least one researcher at the peer-reviewed publication level and are encouraged to identify and interview other bona fide content experts. Writers consult with their communications mentors regarding the selection and recruitment of content experts.

Content experts, broadly speaking, are highly credible individuals having demonstrated expertise in specific areas. In the cSw context, content experts have knowledge directly related to the topic a given cSw writer chooses and include, but aren’t necessarily limited to:

  • Authors of peer-reviewed publications
  • Interpreters of scientific and technologic concepts and/or data
  • Researchers, bloggers, and officials, editors or writers associated with high quality science- and technology-related institutions, organizations, publications, or credible mass media that cover science
  • KOLs (key opinion leaders)
  • Inventors, developers, and commercializers of discoveries and advances in science and/or technology
  • Investors in science- and technology-related endeavors
  • Consumers (e.g., patients, physicians and other medical industry personnel)
  • Members of advocacy groups



Dr. Joseph Vinetz

Dr. Joseph Vinetz is an infectious disease specialist based in La Jolla, California. He graduated from Yale University in 1991 and completed his training in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He has been studying the malaria parasite for over 28 years and has been working on a candidate vaccine for malaria for over twenty years. His accomplishments aren’t limited to advancements in understanding in malaria as he has also been researching other tropical diseases like leptospirosis and brucellosis. In addition, Dr. Vinetz is a talented clarinetist.

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Dr. Emily Goldberg

Dr. Emily Goldberg is a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. She obtained her Ph.D. in the Nikolich-Zugich lab at the University of Arizona. Dr. Goldberg works in the field of immunology. More specifically, her research is focused on aging and metabolism. She started volunteering in labs in high school and kept researching as an undergrad and in grad school. Describing her experiences, she said “I got lucky,” with a laugh, before going on to detail one of the projects she worked on which sparked her interest in her current topic. When she isn’t in the lab, Dr. Goldberg might be found doing pottery or playing ultimate frisbee.

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Dr. Briony Forbes

Dr. Briony Forbes received her Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide in biochemistry. She has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Adelaide, Discipline of Biochemistry and at CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition. She is interested in science that can change society and have positive impacts on the lives of others. She is passionate about the science of metabolism, insulin, and diabetes, as well as the biochemistry of cell signaling in cancer.

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