About the Presenters

James RaeJames Rea – Plenary SpeakerLead Instructor, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

James Rea is a communications coach and consultant who specializes in helping scientists, engineers, and other technical experts reach their key audiences with clear, engaging stories. James started on this path nearly 20 years ago, when he took on a communications role with the U.S. EPA’s Design for the Environment Program. In 1998 James left the EPA to bring stories of science and sustainability to a wider audience as an independent reporter and producer for National Public Radio. His work aired on NPR affiliate stations around the country, most often reaching listeners via the airwaves of WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, DC. In 2001, James began his own communications consulting practice, putting his skills to work for a variety of clients including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute, the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. James continues this work now as an instructor for Alda Center workshops, driven by his passion for helping scientists, engineers and other technical experts share their inspiring and vitally important work with the world.

Bridget BrownBridget K. BrownAdjunct Instructor, School of Engineering and Applied Science Sever Institute

Bridget K. Brown is a former actress and writer with 18 years of instructional design experience.  An expert in science communication especially in the area of technology, she is an adjunct instructor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science in the graduate programs for Cyber Security Management and Information Management; and she manages the Security Awareness and Communications program at RGA Reinsurance Company in Chesterfield.

A “graduate” of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Summer Institute, at Stony Brook University, Bridget uses her background in improvisation, and storytelling combined with an understanding of graphic design to coach students, colleagues and clients to deliver great presentations.  She is thrilled to be a participant in this Communication Symposium and for the opportunity to work with the distinguished medical researchers and clinicians at WashU.

Karen DodsonKaren DodsonManager of Professional Development and Academic Publishing Services, Office of Faculty Affairs; Editorial Manager of JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Karen Dodson has more than 25 years of professional experience in journalism, public affairs and biomedical publishing. In 2003, she developed Academic Publishing Services (APS) to assist WUSM authors with writing biomedical journal articles, books and grant proposals. Karen is a member of the Department of Medicine faculty, teaching scientific writing and grantsmanship to clinical research trainees.

E Holland DurandoElizabethe Holland DurandoDirector of Medical News and Record Medical Editor

Elizabethe Holland Durando is the director of medical news and Record medical editor for the Office of Medical Public Affairs at Washington University School of Medicine. Elizabethe came to the university after 24 years as a newspaper reporter covering a variety of topics, including education, government, crime, sports and mental health. She was a reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Las Vegas Sun and the Northwest Florida Daily News, and worked as a freelancer for CBS National News, CBS Sportsline, ESPN Magazine and The New York Times, among others. Elizabethe has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.

Judy Martin FinchJudy Martin FinchDirector of Media Relations for the Office of Medical Public Affairs

Judy Martin Finch is the director of media relations for the Office of Medical Public Affairs at Washington University School of Medicine. With more than 20 years of experience in media relations, Judy has worked in radio, television and public affairs. Prior to joining Washington University, she worked as a documentary producer at Banyan Communications in St. Charles, Mo. She also worked in radio as a promotions/marketing director for stations in St. Louis and Dallas, and as a morning show producer and game-day producer for the Rams Radio Network (NFL) in St. Louis. Judy has a bachelor’s degree in radio/TV broadcasting from William Woods University.

Dr. Aimee JamesAimee S. James, PhD, MPHAssociate Professor of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences

Dr. James is an associate professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine and a social psychologist with a master of public health (MPH) degree in health promotion/health education. Her research focuses on cancer prevention and control, health disparities and community-based research. Her program of research examines patient and community perceptions of health and healthcare, and how we can intervene to promote health and help people live healthy lives. Her work focuses heavily on populations traditionally underserved by healthcare institutions and aims to reduce disparities in cancer burden, particularly those disparities associated with socioeconomic or uninsurance. Dr. James earned her PhD at the University of Houston and her MPH at the University of Texas – Houston Health Science Center.

Sandra MatteucciSandra MatteucciEngineering Communication Center, Director and Lecturer

Sandra Matteucci began teaching technical writing at Washington University in St. Louis in 2001. Today, she teaches technical writing and works in the Engineering Communication Center, a walk-in writing consultation service for undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty in Engineering.

Sandra has almost 20 years experience in technical writing, information design, and online content development. Her writing experience includes consulting work in industry, including healthcare, banking, and the chemical/agricultural business. She has developed user manuals, online help, and ISO 9000 procedures for certification by the International Standards Organization. Before she accepted her current position at WashU, she helped co-found a small consulting firm offering writing, and web development services.

Cathy SarliCathy C. SarliMLS, AHIP, Senior Librarian, the Becker Medical Library

Cathy Sarli specializes in publishing issues, copyright, compliance with public access mandates, and research impact. Cathy is also a member of the Tracking and Evaluation Team for the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS).

Amy SuiterAmy SuiterScholarly Publishing Librarian, the Becker Medical Library

Amy Suiter, MS, MLS, is a scholarly publishing librarian at the Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  Amy serves as co-manager of the library’s institutional repository and she provides support in the areas of copyright, public access mandates and evaluation of scholarly productivity and impact. Amy is also a member of the Tracking and Evaluation Team for the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS).

Mychal VoorheesMychal VoorheesHealth Literacy and Community Outreach Coordinator, the Becker Medical Library

Mychal A. Voorhees, MA, is the health literacy and community outreach coordinator at the Bernard Becker Medical Library. She coordinates the library’s Communicating for Health Program which provides health literacy and health communication services across campus. Mychal’s professional interests include improving health communication education for providers and simplifying complex information for lay audiences. In addition to her work at the library, Mychal also teaches professional communication at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Erika WatersErika Waters, PhD, MPHAssociate Professor of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences

Dr. Waters attended Rutgers University, where she earned her PhD in Social Psychology. She then received her MPH from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health while working as a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute. She is an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences in the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Waters is also a scholar at the Institute of Public Health at Washington University. Dr. Waters research seeks to understand how people think about health risks and how those thoughts influence their health-related decisions and behavior.