“Lynne Friedmann’s teachings have helped me to interpret scientific findings for diverse audiences. When I first enrolled in her class, my goal was to better understand the role that journalists play in communicating research to public audiences–but Lynne’s courses also enhanced my enjoyment of science and language.

One of the most valuable aspects of Lynne’s courses is the way she combines journalistic skills (breaking down complex stories, drafting query letters) with current events and the history of science writing. How is publishing changing? What barriers exist to conveying medical or environmental risk to readers? Lynne provides context for industry trends, which students will find equally informative and intriguing.

Furthermore, Lynne is attentive to her students’ needs. Class discussions and reading critiques ensure that students feel comfortable sharing their work and receive personalized feedback.

You would be hard-pressed to find a more inclusive atmosphere in which to grow as a writer!

Lynne continually amazes me with her dependability and desire to connect individual learners with valuable resources. She inspires students to set goals but to also manage the risks inherent in publishing. The amount of time she devotes to business-oriented topics, such as contracts and self-marketing, is a testament to how much she wants students to succeed.

Whether you want to pursue a journalism career or broaden your knowledge of science communication, Lynne’s courses deliver the advice, resources, and motivation to tackle any writing project.”

     Kate Jirik
     Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
     La Jolla, California