This page lists presentations at international, national, and regional conferences, followed by invited talks.



2020. International WAC Conference, Fort Collins CO.

Co-presenter in an accepted workshop: “Collaborating for Publication: Conducting Cross-Disciplinary Scholarship on Writing”

2017. Law & Society, Mexico City.

“CRISPR Dreams and Social Justice: Genetic Modification, Women’s Bodies, Religion, and National Identity.”

With Lisa Ikemoto, UC Davis School of Law; Meaghan O’Keefe, UC Davis Department of Religious Studies; and Regina Tames, Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida (GIRE)

2015. SIGDOC (Special Interest Group on Design in Communication), Limerick Ireland.

“Thinking Tools for Moving Across Boundaries.”

With Susan Verba, UC Davis Department of Design

2015. Nine International IDEA Conference: Studies in English, Malatya Turkey

“Ethos and Persona in Popular Science Texts.”


2016. American Society for Bioethics & Humanities, Washington DC

“Justice and Genetic Modification: Toward an Ethics of Global Inclusion.”

2015. Design History Conference, San Francisco, CA

“Boundary Crossing, Collaborative Creativity, and Complex Real-World Problems: Explorations in Interdisciplinary Design.”

With Susan Verba, UC Davis Department of Design

2015. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa FL

“Scientists Describe Public Outreach: An Analysis of 4,681 NSF Proposal Abstracts.”

2014. Rhetoric Society of America, San Antonio TX

“Digital Invention: Finding, Selecting, and Using Digital Tools for Rhetorical Study”

2013. Society for Social Studies of Science, San Diego CA

“Considering the Broader Impacts Criterion as a Failed Boundary Object.”

2012. Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis MO

“Why Rhetoric of Science Should Look at Ecology Rather than Physics.”

2011. Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Harrisonburg, VA

“Creating a Cross-Disciplinary and Sustainable Graduate Program.”

2011. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta GA

“Teaching Critical Technoscience Literacy in a General Education Course.”

2010. Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville KY

“A Return to Cognitive Psychology in Understanding Error in Student Writing.”

Regional and Local

2017. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Davis CA

“An Efficient and Effective Strategy for Developing Student Source Attribution Habits.”

2017. Western States Rhetoric & Literacy, Salt Lake City UT

“Design Literacies and the Teaching of Rhetoric.”

Roundtable with Elizabeth Allan, Oakland University; Josephine Walwema, Oakland University; and Hilary Sarat-St. Peter, Columbia College Chicago

2016. Western States Rhetoric and Literacy, San Diego CA

“Teaching Critical Scientific Literacy in General Education Classes/”

2015. Western States Rhetoric and Literacy, Tempe AZ

“Design, Medicine, Rhetoric, and Pain: Connecting Communities and Practices.”

With Susan Verba, UC Davis Department of Design

2014. Western States Rhetoric and Literacy, Reno NV

“Rhetoric, Design, and Pain.”

With Susan Verba, UC Davis Department of Design

2013. Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, Salt Lake City UT

“Making Clear is not Dumbing Down: Teaching Subject Matter Experts to Design for Understanding.”

With Susan Verba, UC Davis Department of Design

2010. Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, Las Cruces NM

“Preservation and Discovery in an Independent Writing Program.” (panel)

2009. Western States Rhetoric and Literary Conference, Salt Lake City UT

“The Problem of ‘The Public’ in Communicating Science Across ‘Social’ Spheres.” (Roundtable)

Invited Talks and Workshops

National and International

2018. Panel chair and discussion leader, Herrenhausen Conference, “Lost in the Maze? Navigating Evidence and Ethics in Translational Neuroscience”, Hannover Germany

2016. Keynote speaker, Nicholls State University’s annual Undergraduate Humanities Symposium

2014. Workshop leader and participant, Design Inquiry week-long workshop, Vinalhaven ME

2014. Speaker and workshop leader, School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

2013. Workshop leader, International Biogeography Society Conference, Miami FL


At UC Davis, I have given invited talks and workshops to the following groups:

Clinical and Translational Science Center (six talks/workshops, some in their class on research ethics for MD and MD/PhD students)

Department of Plant Sciences faculty

John Muir Institute for the Environment seminar on “Translating Research Beyond Academia” (six talks and workshops)

Professors for the Future program (six talks and workshops)

Psychology 290 (graduate seminar): Replicability and Scientific Integrity

Rhetoric @ Davis

Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology

These are separate from my WAC work, which is described on the Writing Across the Curriculum page.