C. Estelle Smith is a Ph.D. student in GroupLens Research at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Estelle is co-advised by Professors Svetlana (Lana) Yarosh and Haiyi Zhu.

Estelle is currently conducting research along two threads in the discipline of Human-Computer Interaction. The first explores user behavior in online health communities. The second explores how socio-technical infrastructures support scientific media creation for the general public. Exciting future work will explore the intersection between these two domains, applying a critical lens to how users consume scientific (mis)information related to health and well-being.

Estelle holds a B.A. in English (Creative Writing, 2010) and a B.S. in Neuroscience (2015), both from the University of Minnesota. Between degrees, she worked in Marketing at San Francisco tech start-ups from 2011-2013. As a result of this highly interdisciplinary academic and professional background, Estelle brings a diverse set of knowledge and skills to her Ph.D. studies and interests. She has worked as a Freelance Science Writer and Photographer for the College of Biological Sciences and the BioTechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota since 2013, producing web copy, blog posts, print features, photo essays, and more. She is a passionate researcher, communicator, and educator who is on a mission to help the general public have better access to good information about science, health, and technology.

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