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Award-winning science communicator with more than seven years of editorial and mass communication experience. Skilled in translating down complex, scientific ideas into manageable, easy to understand bites for the layperson.

Cay Leytham-Powell is an award-winning science communicator based out of Denver, Co.

She holds a B.A. in biology and human-environment relations from Grand View University, and an M.A. in media and public engagement (a.k.a. mass communication), with an emphasis in science communication, from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Her journalistic work has been featured in the Denver Post (Fact Check: Ken Buck’s “radical climate change agenda” statement at odds with Department of DefenseFact Check: Is Conservation Colorado’s statement connecting Laura Woods and Cliven Bundy misleading?), SAPIENS (There’s No Shame in ShameSurvival of the Socially Fittest) and CU News Corps (Fact Check: Tipton’s statements on public land management are misleading). As well, her fact-checking piece on Rep. Ken Buck was considered one of the best climate and national security stories of 2016, and in 2016 she was awarded the “Emerging Environmental Journalist” award  by the Society of Environmental Journalists.

She is also a writer and editor for the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Magazine, and has had her work featured on Phys.org, Neuroscience News and MedicalXpress, and has inspired pieces by Science Alert, the Independent, Live Science and Medical News Today.

You can find a copy of her resume/CV here. (link coming soon)

Beat Areas

Human-Wildlife Conflict

STEM Education

Climate Change

Anthropology

Relevant Professional Experience

Senior Communications Specialist at the University of Colorado Boulder
(2015 – Present)
Previously: Web and Publications Content Coordinator, Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Writes for and edits the College of Arts and Sciences Magazine, writing stories ranging from short blurbs to press releases to full features covering a variety of scientific topics, while also providing developmental and copy edits for pieces written in-house and by freelancers.
  • Oversees the magazine production calendar, annual print magazine production, and weekly magazine newsletter.
  • Assists in fielding media requests for faculty experts in the arts and humanities and the sciences.
  • Spearheaded the redesign of the main College of Arts and Sciences and the Colorado Arts and Sciences magazine website using UX and SEO best practices, and managed another website’s move from WordPress to a Drupal CMS platform.
  • Led and assisted in the building of communication plans for various college initiatives.
  • Increased collaboration between the main communications office of the college and the staff and faculty in the college’s 39 departments by reorganizing staff communication meetings and trainings and attending faculty meetings.
  • Initiated and supervised an inclusive and diverse language initiative in the college, where all website pages were reviewed, and a style update issued to the college style guidelines.
  • Expanded print and web graphic design capability in the college.
  • (Previously) Assisted in overseeing all “eCommunication” channels, including social media (Twitter, Facebook) and electronic news blasts, seeing a steady rise in engagement and followers.
  • (Previously as Graduate Teaching Assistant) Served as the lead teaching assistant, teaching roughly 100 undergraduate students over four semesters in Journalism and Communication, helping them to improve their writing skills, learn WordPress and understand class material.

Art Editor at SAPIENS
(2016 – 2019)

  • Created, tracked down or commissioned all art used by the magazine, including high-quality photographs, maps, data visualizations and illustrations.
  • Maintained and negotiated art budget by working with outside vendors and internal resources, as well as processed art invoices.
  • Filled in as needed with story upload to WordPress, promoting stories on social media and sending out weekly newsletter.
  • (Previously) Completed various editorial tasks such as fact-checking, copy editing, caption writing.
  • (Previously) Provided basic and developmental editing assistance with journalistic pieces, including features and blog posts.

Editorial Assistant at the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics
(2015 – 2017)

  • Maintained the journal’s submission system, including author communication, requesting publication materials, requesting revisions, and accepting articles.
  • Updated the journal’s website, including relevant formatting of text and images.
  • Created a new tracking database for journal submissions.
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