Marlitt Hayslett

PhD student, Graduate Studies

Biographical statement

Marlit Hayslett is a third-year PhD student at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Athens, GA. Her research focuses on how to communicate with policymakers about science policy issues such as nanotechnology, cybersecurity and genetically modified foods. From 2004 to 2014, Marlit served as the founding director of the Office of Policy Analysis and Research (OPAR) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta. The OPAR team studied science and technology (S&T) policy at the state-level, and used their findings to inform S&T policy in Georgia. These efforts led to collaboration with Georgia’s technology business community resulting in a strategic plan for science, technology, and innovation in the state of Georgia. Based on her experience engaging policymakers on science topics, Marlit has led several national and international conference panels and workshops on communicating science to policymakers and media. In 2015, Marlit and her partner Ron accepted positions at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville. She currently serves as the Director of Research Message Training in UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Her duties include coaching faculty and graduate students on how to effectively communicate their research to non-technical audiences. She also teaches Research Communication 101 to Chemistry PhD students. The course was so well-received that a 102-level is being considered for next year. In her leisure time, Marlit enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time at their home in western North Carolina.

The Structure of Scientific Communication Marlitt Hayslett

Abstract:  This paper examines science communication within a public policy setting from the critical theory of structuralism. Employing Dr. Albert Einstein’s 1939 letter to U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as an example, I argue that meaning is created as a function of structure rather than content.

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Educational background

PhD Student, Mass Communication, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2014 to present
MS, Public Policy, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 2006
MS, International Affairs, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 2001
BS, International Affairs, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 1994

Courses taught

University of Virginia, CHEM7021, Research Communication