Communications and Public Affairs

Contacts

Inquiries

Phone: (202) 287-5813
Email: news@science.doe.gov
Twitter: @doescience

Director

Rick Borchelt
Phone: 202-586-4477
Email: rick.borchelt@science.doe.gov

Rick Borchelt is director of the Office for Communications and Public Affairs. He also manages the community of practice initiative, identifying and sharing best practices and communications insights from the science communication literature.

Communications & Outreach Specialist

Kate Bannan
Phone: 202-586-7814
Email: kate.bannan@science.doe.gov

As an Outreach and Communications Specialist, Kate is responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications and outreach programs for the office's external stakeholders, with an emphasis on universities. She is OCPA's lead on coordinating award ceremonies and events, including the Fermi Awards, the EO Lawrence Awards, the PECASE Awards, and the Science Speakers program. She also manages OCPA's external news platform and syndication site.

Communications Associate

Natalie Close
Phone: 202-287-5813
Email: natalie.close@science.doe.gov

Natalie is the editorial workflow manager, making sure news gets play on the Office of Science website as well as looking into other amplification opportunities. Through her environmental scans she keeps a pulse on the Office of Science news, from both internal and external sources. Natalie is a program analyst - researching, evaluating, and disseminating the Office of Science products.

Media Relations Manager

Dirk Fillpot
Phone: 202-287-6990
Email: dirk.fillpot@science.doe.gov

Dirk is responsible for the office's outreach to reporters and media outlets, helping reporters identify research stories, finding information or data they need, and suggesting experts for interviews at DOE and our research partners in the national laboratories and university community. He is OCPA's point person for the department's National Science Bowl, where he serves as media liaison for the regional competitions and the national championships. He also manages OCPA's strategic communications planning process and evaluation of communications activities.

Web Manager

Dean Pettersson
Phone: 202-287-6991
Email: dean.pettersson@science.doe.gov

Dean manages and maintains the Office of Science website and twitter account. As part of the editorial team, he ensures that the content on those communications channels is refreshed regularly, and conducts frequent environmental scans in order to find articles and technologies that can be amplified and featured. Dean also gathers and analyzes site metrics, creating regular web reports and making recommendations for optimizing site usage based on those results. Finally, Dean serves as the first point of contact for website visitors, responding to emailed questions and/or redirecting them to appropriate parties.

Senior Writer

Charles M. Rousseaux
Phone: 202-287-5760
Email: charles.rousseaux@science.doe.gov

Charles is OCPA's primary content creator and contact point for internal communications. In addition to writing and editing blog posts and other materials, he guides an editorial team which amplifies research achievements on the SC website and other communications channels. Charles also leads a Science Writers Group of about 50 content creators across DOE national labs and research facilities.

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