Director, Science Communication Lab
Michael Winikoff directs the University of Minnesota Science Communications Lab, an interdisciplinary internship program for writers, scientists, artists, and designers interested in science communication. Working in a studio environment, students collaborate with research scientists to explore science storytelling in a variety of formats from narrative profiles to animated shorts, children’s books, and live performance. He is the founder of the Science Is a Visual Medium speaker series, focused on the intersection between science, art, and design.
Michael presented his work teaching written and visual storytelling at the 4th Biennial Writing Enriched Curriculum Symposium and the 2019 Inclusive SciComm Symposium. He has a research interest in the use of art and storytelling as a vehicle for enhancing engagement and collaborative research in science, policy, and the humanities.
A visual artist, writer, and designer, Michael’s play The Botanist’s Wife appeared at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. He was a guest instructor at Alfred University School of Art and Design, where he taught Freshman Foundation Studio. His graphic design work has focused on the not-for-profit sector including the Aspen Institute, the Soros Foundation’s Open Society Institute, and the Treatment Action Group. He currently serves on the Bakken Museum’s Exhibit Content Advisory Board and the leadership team of the College of Biological Science’s Impact Exchange.
Contact Michael at: michaelw (at) umn.edu