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Johnson Lecture in Science Communication to be held April 25
Add to Calendar 2024-04-25T22:30:00 2024-04-25T23:30:00 UTC Johnson Lecture in Science Communication to be held April 25 100 Thomas Building
Start DateThu, Apr 25, 2024
6:30 PM
End DateThu, Apr 25, 2024
7:30 PM
Presented By
Melissa Marshall
Event Series: Johnson Lecture
Melissa Marshall

Melissa Marshall, founder of the science communications consulting company Present Your Science, will give the 2024 A. Dixon and Betty F. Johnson Lectureship in Scientific Communication on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lecture is open to the Penn State community.

Marshall, a TED speaker and communications expert, helps scientists, researchers, and technical professionals talk about their complex ideas in ways that inspire stakeholders to take action. In her lecture, titled “Present Your Science: Talk Nerdy to Me,” Marshall will share the proven strategies that she's used to help the world's top technical professionals and researchers convey their work. She will challenge what you've always known about giving presentations--and share exciting new ways to transform your next scientific talk.

In 2014, Melissa founded her company Present Your Science, which has taken her around the world to work with Fortune 100 corporations, institutions and universities, teaching the proven strategies she’s mastered through her consulting work and during her decade as a faculty member at Penn State.

In 2019 through 2023, Microsoft has named her a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for her work in transforming the way the scientific community uses PowerPoint to convey their research. Only 36 communications professionals worldwide hold this distinction. In 2023, Melissa authored an on-demand course on technical presentations that is hosted on LinkedIn Learning.

For a sneak peek, check out her TED Talk, “Talk Nerdy to Me.” It’s been watched by over 3 million people (and counting).

The A. Dixon and Betty F. Johnson Lectureship in Scientific Communication supports an annual lecture in scientific communication in the Eberly College of Science. The lecture was established in 2005 in memory of A. Dixon Johnson, a former University director of Public Information. Johnson worked as a Penn State science writer and public information director for many years.


Additionally, Marshall will present two workshops to the Eberly College of Science community. Faculty, staff, students and post docs can sign up for the following two workshops. Attendance is capped at 100 participants each. Individuals can sign up on a first come, first served basis below.

Tell a Clear Technical Story

Transforming Slide Design