Program Agenda

1:00 p.m. – Welcome and Introductions

1:10 p.m. – Keynote Speaker: Nina Teicholz, Author of New York Times best-seller, The Big Fat Surprise

Ms. Teicholz is an investigative journalist and author who’s award-winning book, The Big Fat Surprise, challenges years of conventional wisdom on dietary fat and the very core of our nation’s nutrition policy.

2:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion:  How to Tell a Research Story:  From Pitfalls to Perfection.

This dynamic panel will focus on the relationship between the research community, journalists and public information officers and how they work together to develop clear messaging on complex scientific topics for the general public.  Panelists will share specific experiences related to their work, identifying best practices and pitfalls when it comes to science communications.

Panel moderator:  Jeff Grabmeier, Senior Director, OSU Research Communications


  • Ken Lee, Professor of Food Science and Director of the Food Innovation Center
  • Misti Crane, Assistant Director, OSU Research Communications
  • Marion Renault, Columbus Dispatch Science Reporter
  • Joe Cornely, Senior Director of Communications for the Ohio Farm Bureau
  • Matt Teegarden, Phd candidate and USDA National Needs Fellow in food science at Ohio State

3:00 p.m.- Closing Speaker: Earle Holland, Contributing Editor for Health News Review

Mr. Holland has over 35 years of experience as a science communicator.  His presentation will address the shared responsibility of the media, the scientific community and the consumer to critically analyze health claims in various media outlets.

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Please join us for a reception in Woody’s Tavern in the Ohio Union.  Light refreshments will be served.