Sue Nichols

Sue Nichols

Assistant Director

Office Phone: Cell: 517-282-1093


B.A. in Journalism, Michigan State University


Sue Nichols, who handles strategic communication and outreach, has 20+ years of experience in science communication.  

She tries to do this without using big, scary words to spread the word of science to the biggest or most strategic audience.

Nichols came to the center in October 2010. Prior to that, she was the marketing andPanda hugging Sue in Wolong communications director of the Michigan Energy Institute at the University of Michigan, leading the communications effort on the broad spectrum of energy research at the university, as well as supporting initiatives that integrate science into economic recovery.

In her first tour of duty at Michigan State University, she spent 15 years as chief science writer and led initiatives to increase the public’s understanding of science and research in topics ranging from environmental issues and science’s role in international development. She has organized and given symposiums nationally on communicators’ roles in promoting international science.

Prior to working in higher education, Nichols was a newspaper reporter and editor.

Research Interests:

Science communication, strategic planning, outreach

American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Association of Science Writers, National Alliance for Broader Impacts Network