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The Eberly College of Science Dean’s Office welcomes a new communications director

Joel Ranck

23 April 2018

 

Joel Ranck joined the Eberly College of Science’s Office of Communications in April 2017. Most recently, Ranck was the head of communications for the International Potato Center (CIP), an agriculture researchfor- development organization, based in Peru, with projects and offices in 20 countries throughout South America, Africa, and Asia. While at CIP, he oversaw communications for the 2016 World Food Prize that was awarded to CIP and for a science promotional campaign and experiment he created, called “Potatoes on Mars,” that won a Cannes Lion Health and Wellness Grand Prix Award and resulted in a co-authored publication in the Journal of Astrobiology. Ranck has also developed and executed communications programs for hospitals, medical schools, pharmaceutical companies, and biotech startups.

With a degree in political science and education from Juniata College, Ranck first worked in Washington, DC, on criminal justice issues and later in Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic, managing a humanitarian organization before striking out into public relations. He has since represented Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical, automotive, and consumer goods industries. Since 2001, he has focused his efforts on science communications and translating the contributions that science and scientists make to society.

Ranck holds an MBA and specializes in marketing communications, media relations, organizational development, behavioral change, instructional design, and branding. He also taught integrated marketing communications at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Communications in Contemporary Society.