Educating the Academy

The Educating the Academy interest group seeks to promote knowledge of communication research within the life sciences and vice versa.

Affiliated Faculty

Shannon Cruz

Shannon Cruz

Assistant Professor
Communication Arts and Sciences
Bhushan Jayarao

Bhushan Jayarao

Director, Animal Diagnostic Laboratory Professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Coordinator, One Health Minor, College of Agricultural Sciences
Brian Mantra

Brian Manata

Assistant Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences
Stephen Schaeffer

Stephen Schaeffer

Professor of Biology, Associate Department Head of Graduate Education, Eberly College of Science
Cooduvalli Shashikant

Cooduvalli Shashikant

Associate Professor of Molecular and Developmental Biology
Assistant Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Educating the Academy Videos

Communication scholars participating in the CSSI have committed to developing educational videos to help scientists understand major elements of communication that affect behavior change. For a brief introduction to Changing Behavior through message design, watch the video: Changing Behavior

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"Communications and Life Sciences" Course

The CSSI has partnered with Biology, Bioinformatics and Genetics, and the Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences Predoctoral Training Programs to offer a new, interdisciplinary course, “Communication and Life Sciences.” This course trains students in the life sciences to target their messages successfully for different audiences, work more effectively in transdisciplinary research teams, and affect behavioral change in the public sphere. The three modules are taught jointly by a member of the Communication faculty and the Life Sciences faculty, covering topics of:

  1. Communication and Risk
  2. Communication and Emotion
  3. Communication within Teams