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Name: Leighland “Lee” Feinman, PhD
Scientific Affairs Associate and Medical Writer
AXON US

Lee joins us after spending the past seven years as a graduate research assistant at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. In 2008, he founded Better Worlds, a science news site he continues to manage. He has also worked previously with Old Timey Hedgehog Publishing, Techneome, and BIO Ventures for Global Health.  Prior to his work at Mount Sinai, Lee was an undergraduate research fellow and teaching assistant at Caltech from 2006-2008. Lee has a Bachelor of Science degree from Caltech, with a double major in biology and history, and a PhD in biomedical sciences from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is the author of several academic, fiction, and nonfiction publications, including notable work he has published in The Huffington Post and Mashable.

Q: What has been the highlight of your communications career so far?
A: When, after a public appearance, audience members tell me how a turn of phrase unlocked a whole new area of understanding.

Q: What is the best piece of comms advice you’ve ever been given?
A: Get started.

Q: Which media source do you trust most?
A: There’s no one source that has the whole story.  I read as many as I can.

Q: What company/brand would you most like to work on?
A: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Q: Which communicator do you most admire? (Past or present)
A: Buddha. Before even the printing press, he created one of the most enduring and thoughtful philosophies of all time.

Q: What is your top comms tip?
A: Communicate honestly and don’t make excuses. Extra words will only make a bad situation more confusing, not better.

Q: The best thing about working in comms is…
A: Translating arcane knowledge into plain dealing. Knowledge is power, and I love empowering people.

Q: If I wasn’t in comms I would…
A: Pursue a career working towards STEM education policy reform.

Q: Tell us something that very few people know about you.
A: My first time surfing, my board broke in two on an eight foot wave. It didn’t put me off surfing.

Q: When I’m not working I like to…
A: Bang out a few hundred words of short fiction.