Students: How to Effectively Communicate Science

When I first started working at Emory as a postdoctoral fellow, I was very excited to perform research at such a prestigious institution. Besides working in a lab, I was always passionate about science communication and soon started searching for opportunities to pursue my interest. Not too long after, I came across the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) Marketing and Communications internship through word of mouth from previous interns. I quickly got in touch with the team to learn more and eventually applied and started. Being a researcher, I was comfortable with scientific topics in my area of expertise, but Read More …

Students: Learning to Write About Science

As a media studies major with an interest in writing and communications, I jumped at the chance to intern with the Office of Tech Transfer in the marketing department throughout my senior year. From prior work experiences at magazines and web publications, I had quickly become familiar with the ins and outs of interviewing subjects, creating compelling social media content, and telling a good story. During my first few weeks at the Office of Technology transfer, I quickly realized that there was one critical function I was less familiar with: understanding and talking fluently about science. My last, and only, Read More …

Students: My Experience Writing for OTT

I came across the listing for a Marketing & Communications Intern at the OTT on Handshake during the first weeks of my senior year at Emory. Before I read over the requirements for the job, I had never heard of OTT or even tech transfer. I always assumed that the fully realized technologies the school advertised were a natural extension of research and produced by faculty by their own volition. Clearly, I had no clue about the complexities of patents, intellectual property, licensing agreements, FDA approval, etc. Though I had a very limited background in biomedicine, the journalistic aspect of Read More …