Sept. 13, 2005
Former Morningside College faculty member and scientific writer Dr. Michele Arduengo will be the featured speaker for two Morningside College events slated for Wednesday, Sept. 21, on the college campus. The public is invited to the free events, which are part of Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
Arduengo’s presentation “Of Mice or Men?” will be held at 11:45 a.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue. She will discuss the scientific and ethical aspects of recent efforts to create human brain cells in laboratory mice.
As part of the Writing on Wednesday series, Arduengo will present “Good Writing: Writing with the Reader in Mind,” in which she will discuss her role as a technical writer and editor. The program is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. in the Hickman Dining Room of the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue.
Arduengo is a scientific communications specialist for Promega Corporation, an international organization that provides products and support for researchers who explore gene, protein, and cellular interactions. In addition to working on technical literature and leading on-site writing workshops at Promega, she is a writer and lead editor for a national high school bioethics curriculum sponsored by the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute, also in Madison. She also serves on the editorial board of the “American Journal of Undergraduate Research.”
Arduengo served as assistant professor of biology at Morningside from 1996 to 2000. She has taught science and technical writing through the Madison Area Technical College, Edgewood College in Madison, and at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., and a doctorate in cell and developmental biology from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Her work has been published in several scientific reference works including the Encyclopedia of Genetics: Basics and Applications, and McGill’s Medical Encyclopedia, both published by Salem Press. She is certified as an Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS) from the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and is a member of the American Medical Writer’s Association.