Communications and Public Affairs Coordinator
Dr. Diana Weber joined the NCO team in April 2019 as the Communications and Public Affairs Coordinator for the NITRD Program. Dr. Weber is the liaison in communications for NITRD with the OSTP Comms office. Before her Ph.D., Dr. Weber was a marketing manager, during which time she managed the marketing, advertising, and public relations for ten markets in the western U.S., providing her the experience to communicate to different types of audiences and liaise on outreach and partnership development.
Dr. Weber is developing communication and outreach materials to increase awareness of NITRD’s IT and networking priorities with different stakeholders, e.g., students, Congress, and the media. She is drawing on her extensive experience as an Assistant Professor, where she taught numerous college courses on marine biology, conservation, and science communication. Dr. Weber taught her students how to communicate science to different types of audiences, including the general public.
Recently, Dr. Weber was a AAAS Science and Technology Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) Program. As part of this work, Dr. Weber served on the WH NSTC Task Force on Science and Technology for Zika Vector Control and participated in the development of the report for the President. Dr. Weber is a marine biologist and her research encompasses the disciplines of genetics, immunology/disease ecology, and wildlife trade in both marine and Arctic environments. She was awarded two NSF grants to examine the genetic diversity in the immune system in Arctic mammals during her postdoctoral fellowship, which was conducted at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Weber earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences/Population Genetics from the University at Albany, SUNY. She obtained her marine expertise from California State University, Long Beach and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.