Designed by scientists and science journalists for their peers in #scicomm and supported by the National Association of Science Writers, Amplify the Signal was a two-day professional development workshop held in 2019.

clickbait science • retractions • science and #scicomm ethics • science in social media • statistical power • study design • trends in research • #dataviz


Host: Jennifer Follis

Jennifer Follis teaches science journalism at the University of Illinois, where she is a senior lecturer. She encourages her students to do three things: appeal to the senses, include people, and control the vocabulary.

Follis came to science as a child catching scorpions and smelling the rain in the Sonoran Desert, at the foothills of South Mountain in Phoenix. She came to journalism working as an editor in the tallgrass prairie of Central Illinois. She obtained her B.S. and M.S. in journalism at Illinois. She has served as an assistant dean in the College of Media and as an academic adviser in the department of journalism. She also teaches news editing and reporting.

Opening Remarks: Rashid Bashir

Rashid Bashir is the Dean of Engineering, the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering and a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He joined the Illinois faculty as a professor of electrical and computer engineering in 2007. His research interests include bio-nanotechnology, the interfacing of biology and engineering from the molecular to the tissue scale, and applications of semiconductor fabrication to biomedical engineering, all applied to solving biomedical problems.

He is a campus leader, fostering interdisciplinary partnerships within the University of Illinois and with peer universities and private partners. He played an integral role in the conceptual development and planning of the engineering-based Carle Illinois College of Medicine in 2015.

Bashir is committed to fostering an inclusive community that attracts, inspires and empowers the brightest and most talented people in the nation.


Photos of Rashid Bashir, May Berenbaum, Nicole Cooke, Donna Cox, Brent Roberts and Daniel Simons were taken by L. Brian Stauffer. The other speakers provided their own photos.


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