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Kendra H. Oliver, Ph.D.

Stephanie Castillo

Karisa Calvitti 

Jeffery Shoup 

I am an experienced scientist passionate about science communication, multi-disciplinary projects, and online learning and engagement approaches. It is critical that we find new strategies to communicate scientific findings and engage the public. Using online learning and visualization methods, I am exploring visual science communication to support online education and science communication and education. Although classically trained as a research scientist in pharmacology, I consider myself a science communication designer with skills ranging from project management, pedagogical approaches to online learning, video production, instructional design, and web design. With a foundation as a cross-disciplinary team member, I am interested in developing and utilizing these skills to produce science education, marketing, communication, and engagement strategies, particularly those at the intersection of art and science. 

I am an award-winning video producer who is passionate about representation and science communication. I have trained in science storytelling and filmmaking as one of 16 Jackson Wild Media Lab Fellows. I was also one of 50 students accepted to ComSciCon—ATL 2018; a science communication workshop for graduate students, organized by graduate students. I then went to organize ComSciCon—ATL 2019 and helped raise over 25K in funding the workshop.

I became interested in science communication after earning my M.S. in Chemistry. After spending many hours consuming YouTube videos, I noticed the lack of representation in science videos targeted towards young adults. Inspired to change the status quo, I created Phuture Doctors—a YouTube channel that aims to expose young adults to careers in STEM research through representation and curiosity. With my Science Communication PhD research, I want to understand how science storytelling may help underrepresented students gain a sense of belonging STEM. 


Karisa Calvitti is the Social Media Coordinator for the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology & Inflammation (VI4) and the department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Digital Communications from Lycoming College, where she studied digital filmmaking, visual media, and business administration. Karisa has a wide range of digital media experience from traditional video production and animation to creating Vanderbilt's online courses for COURSERA and other digital learning products at the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning. Currently, Karisa runs various social media accounts, creates graphic materials, and maintains multiple websites. She is also the mentor for the VI4 Science Communication Internship where she guides a team of interns in executing creative communication strategies around Twitter and websites, interpreting data to design infographics and animation, and completing writing assignments in the production of an online publication.


Hi my name is Jeffrey Shoup. I am an artist and filmmaker. I am passionate about educating and empowering people to become their own creators.

Starting out as a musician and audio engineer, I have always been interested in art, design and animation. I have spent the last 10 years of my career honing my craft Of filmmaking, building studio spaces with automation, and teaching others digital fluency.

I currently live in Nashville, TN for questions and inquires feel free to contact me.



This is a resource for scientists to help create engaging, impactful videos. We touch on and draw from a wide array of disciplines including visual design, videography, pedagogical strategies, cognitive sciences to offer evidence-based approaches. We also draw from our own experiences to provide scientists with resources to begin their own creative journeys. 


Please reach out to either Stephanie Castillo at stephanie.castillo@vanderbilt.edu or Kendra H. Oliver, Ph.D. at kendra.h.oliver@vanderbilt.edu for more information. 

Thanks to our contributors

We have relied on a variety of people and resources to generate this content including Karisa Calvitti, Jeffery Shoup, Madison Rice, Helen Lubbock, M.Ed., and many more. We would also like to the Vanderbilt University Communication of Science and Technology Progam under the direction of David Weintraub. 

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