Writing About Science: Tips and Tricks for Communicating Your Research

  • Highlighting the main points of your research using common writing techniques
  • Navigating the process of journal submission and publication
  • Overcoming the biggest challenge of all: Getting words on the page!


As scientists, we are often required to translate complex technical information into many different writing styles. Whether you’re submitting an article to a journal, preparing a grant application or writing a blog for your university’s website, strong writing skills can help you make an impact. Join our panel of scientists and science writers for a discussion about sharing your research effectively in a variety of formats. 



Jordan Villanueva
Senior Science Writer

Jordan Villanueva graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Biology, Science in Human Culture and Creative Writing. Following a short time working in a research lab, Jordan found his passion in science writing and storytelling. He believes that engaging and accurate science journalism is one of our best tools to build public trust and spread information about cutting-edge research. Besides interviewing and storytelling, Jordan’s experiences include technical writing and editing, marketing copywriting and social media. Jordan has also worked as a writing tutor and led workshops on credibility and the tools of rhetoric. In his spare time, he enjoys writing satire and flash fiction and volunteers helping hospice patients write memoirs. 


Danette Daniels, PhD
Senior Research Scientist

Danette Daniels received her B.A. from Columbia University, Ph.D. in Biophysics from Yale University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine studying the biophysical and biochemical mechanisms of the Wnt signaling pathway.  She has been at Promega Corporation for 15 years and is currently an R&D Group Leader of Functional Proteomics.  She leads a team developing technologies and performing research to understand dynamic intracellular interactions with the focus areas of epigenetics, transcription, targeted protein degradation, and small molecule drug discovery.  She has been an author on ~40 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including original research articles, book chapters, and reviews.


Michele Arduengo, PhD
Social Media Manager

Michele Arduengo earned her PhD from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and has more than 25 years’ experience in scientific and technical writing. She is certified as a life science editor (ELS) by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and has published articles about writing in Science Editor, Journal of the European Medical Writing Association, and the American Medical Writers Association Journal. Throughout her career Michele has free lanced for university publications and medical and scientific presses. Outside of the science world, Michele maintained a weekly column in her hometown newspaper and has published stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Currently Michele is the Global Social Media Manager at Promega, in which she meets the daily challenge of communicating nuanced science in 280 characters or less and manages the Promega Connections blog.

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