Panel discussion focusing on telling research stories

“Telling Your Research Story,” scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, in W401 Pappajohn Business Building, is a free panel discussion designed to help University of Iowa researchers across the disciplines learn how to better communicate about their work, whether their goal is to inform, educate, or persuade.

The panel will feature four researchers who will discuss their own successes “translating” their work into accessible language and share best practices for talking about your own research in a way that is clear, compelling, and effective, no matter your audience or goals.

The panelists are:

  • Meenakshi Gigi Durham, associate professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
  • Don Gurnett, James A. Van Allen/Roy J. Carver Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
  • Jerald Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, professor in civil and environmental engineering, professor in occupational and environmental health, and co-director of the Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research.
  • Amy E.T. Sparks, director of In Vitro Fertilization and Reproductive Testing Laboratories at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Communication professionals also will be on hand to discuss available outlets on campus for sharing your research, and offer suggestions for working successfully with the news media.

Coffee and pastries will be served beginning at 8 a.m. The discussion runs from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

The event is free, but because space is limited, registration is restricted to faculty researchers (depending on the level of interest, we may offer a second session this fall or next spring and open it up to a broader audience). To register by the Sept. 30 deadline, and for more information, visit