Dr. JF Salazar

…has been a director of communications for a data science-focused institute, a senior research scientist, an editor, and a science teacher. She worked for academic and government institutions such as the Georgia Institute of Technology, Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago, and the Field Museum. In senior roles, she helped define and coordinate thought leadership platforms with funding agencies, drive large proposal efforts, shape public relations strategies, and establish outreach programs. With experience in both scientific and public communications, she understands how to align efforts across an institution to produce an impact. Earlier, as a board-certified instructor of secondary biology, chemistry, and biotechnology, she taught and studied curriculum design.

Dr. Salazar earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.S. in communication with an emphasis in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. (Her molecular systematics-based research on the evolution of reef fishes was published under the name JL Fessler.)

Skills and Talents

Anticipating and solving a broad range of problems, translating complex science into audience-appropriate messages, working with data, facilitating collaboration, effectively using discipline-specific standards, researching and fact-checking, coordinating with subject matter experts, conducting literature reviews, understanding the big picture and strategy, adapting to what works best for the group, and owning projects fully from assignment to completion.

Numerous MS Office and Adobe applications including those used for technical documentation, art, websites, and collaboration; document editing in LaTeX; some programming and markup languages; repository and versioning systems such as Git, CVS, SVN; basics of website construction and editing using WordPress, Drupal, Concrete5 and others; reference management using EndNote and BibTeX; developing and applying documentation standards; able to learn new things quickly and independently.