May 3, 2019 – Beyond the Bench: Careers in Science Policy and Communication

For students and postdocs exploring career options outside of academia or industry, it may be difficult to navigate certain career pathways. This is especially true for individuals interested in science policy and science communication. To assist early career scientists in exploring career options in these areas, CaSP has organized a Career Panel entitled Beyond the Bench: Careers in Science Policy and Communication. The panel will feature four panelists who currently work in science policy/science communication, three of whom have participated in fellowship programs that informed their career paths (see panelist bios below). The event will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 4:00 PM in 1211 Biochemical Science Building. A reception will follow the event. Please RSVP for the event here.


Victoria Sutton, PhD

Dr. Victoria Sutton is an Intellectual Property Manager at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. She is a registered patent agent and manages intellectual property for the university in diverse areas including agriculture, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Sutton was a participant in the HHS Emerging Leaders Program, which is a two-year internship to work in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Regina Vidaver, PhD

Dr. Regina Vidaver is the Section Chief of Chronic Disease Prevention and Cancer Control at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The program aims to prevent chronic diseases in all populations in Wisconsin and is supported through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Vidaver was a participant in the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship.


Kelly Tyrrell, MA

Ms. Kelly Tyrrell is a senior science writer for University Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Tyrell writes news stories profiling research at UW-Madison to inform journalists and the general public. Ms. Tyrrell was a AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow.


Taylor Nelms, PhD

Dr. Taylor Nelms is the Senior Director of Research at the Filene Research Institute. The institute is a research think tank focused on credit unions and consumer finance. Dr. Nelms uses his scientific experience in anthropology and economics to lead research projects for policymakers and professionals on consumer finance related issues.