The Life Span Institute (LSI) Communications group reports research findings, public events and LSI activities, including training and service, to the media and public. The group also assists reporters and producers to identify and contact LSI scientific experts and acts as a liaison between media representatives and scientists in developing media coverage. Communications develops and manages the LSI and affiliated center web sites, including LSI social media messaging. The group also plans and oversees special events such as tours of the Institute for legislators and visitors, public presentations, workshops, conferences and special events. Communications also produces an electronic newsletter, the Lifeline Online, an annual report, as well as other audio-visual, social media, print and web projects. The director is also the LSI liaison to the offices of KU News and Marketing and Communications.
Besides these general responsibilities, the Communications group has expanded its purview to assisting investigators in other fee-for service Communications services including:
Developing original copy for print and web
Web site and web-based interactive features and functions
Graphic design (including graphical presentation of scientific data) for center and project print, web, product and presentations.
Video/audio - including video scripting and production, motion graphics and closed captioning
Videotaping - on-site videotaping
Scientific posters and presentations
Photography - including arranging and overseeing professional photo shoots at research sites and providing subject model releases
Copy editing book and report manuscripts
Writing and rewriting web content