URC - Research Communications Subcommittee

Reporting to the University Research Council, the function of this standing committee is to ensure that the research mission of the Medical University of South Carolina is highly integrated into brand strategy and communications, to increase awareness and recognition of scope and nature of MUSC research internally and externally, to increase growth in research initiatives that resonate with diverse publics, and to support the MUSC Imagine 20/20 Strategic Plan.

Create and support initiatives increasing visibility of MUSC research to diverse audiences:

  1. Science Café
  2. Annual Research Recognition Luncheon for junior faculty
  3. Increased research discovery and achievements highlighted in all media vehicles for distribution internally, state-wide, regionally, nationally (EurekAlert)
  4. Research (public-facing) website
  5. Annual MUSC Research Day advocacy with SC Legislators
  6. Streamlined processes for research faculty to notify Communications about achievements, discovery, publications, awards
  7. Development and distribution of materials to enhance and encourage clinical trial participation
  8. Prepare recommendations for consideration by the URC and/or Vice President for Research.




Committee Members

  • Loretta Lynch-Reichert, Research Committee Chair, Office of the VPR/Provost
  • Tara Abbott, SCTR
  • Ron Acierno, Ph.D., College of Nursing
  • Dawn Brazell, Director Strategic Communications, HCC
  • Matthew Carpenter, Ph.D., College of Medicine
  • Wanda Hutto, Office of Research Development/Office of Communications and Marketing
  • Teresa Kelechi, Ph.D., College of Nursing
  • Chris Murray, Office of Communications and Marketing
  • Jenna McCauley, Ph.D., College of Medicine
  • Deborah Reynolds, Office of Communications and Marketing
  • Lynn Schnapp, M.D., College of Medicine