Dr. Sarah Summers earned her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Penn State University and joined the RHIT faculty in 2014. Her work focused on writing in the disciplines, particularly at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels. She teaches courses in writing and engineering communication, including technical and professional communication, intercultural communication, digital writing, and grant writing.
Dr. Anique Olivier-Mason launched the Brandeis Science Communication Lab in the Fall of 2017 and is its program director in addition to her role as the Director of Education, Outreach and Diversity of the Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). Anique attended the 2017 MIT Communication Lab Summer Institute and was inspired to bring their model of a discipline-specific peer-coaching program to Brandeis. Anique’s dedication to science communication stems from her drive to improve scientific literacy by lowering unnecessary barriers that prevent people from engaging in science and engineering. As a bench-trained scientist, she has taught many courses including Responsible Conduct of Research ethics, the MIT Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program (KTCP) course, and undergraduate genetics. She believes in the power of peer-coaching as a method of improving an entire community’s ability to communicate effectively.
Dr. Marina Dang holds a PhD in Chemistry from Brandeis University, where she also served as an instructor for the Science Posse Boot Camp program. She taught chemistry at Emmanuel College and later became a STEM curriculum developer for an educational startup. In 2014, she joined the MIT Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering to serve as its first Communication Lab manager. As the Communication Lab model spread to new departments and institutions, she helped meet scalability needs by leading the creation of a training curriculum for all new peer tutors, and was one of the original architects of the Communication Lab Summer Institute.
Dr. Diana Chien leads the MIT School of Engineering Communication Lab, and holds a PhD in Microbiology from MIT. Since 2013, she has coached, taught, and designed educational resources at multiple levels of the organization, including previous roles as a peer Communication Fellow, as the Biological Engineering Communication Lab manager, and as a Communication Instructor for undergraduate engineering courses. She is the co-founder of the CommKit, the Communication Lab's free online collection of discipline-specific guides to technical and professional communication. She is dedicated to promoting peer-to-peer professional development experiences for scientists and engineers.
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