Previous Science Communication Activities
To help young scientists speak to the public about their research, I co-taught a Science Communication course at the University of Colorado Boulder in Spring 2016. In this course, senior level STEM majors learn how to write about science outside the world of academia. I helped the students target their “white paper” assignments to a specific audience.
As a postdoc at University of Colorado Boulder, I attended a Portal to the Public-sponsored workshop in fall 2015. This workshop is dedicated to teaching scientists how to explain their research to the public. During this workshop, I created an activity to help me explain how I use microscopes for my research. I used my demo during a “Meet a Scientist” event at the local library in Boulder. I was also quoted in the local paper in an article regarding how scientists can effectively communicate their research to nonscientists.
I also care about increasing the diversity of the STEM fields and helping underrepresented students achieve their career dreams. As a postdoc at University of Colorado Boulder, I was a member of the Chancellor’s Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CCORE). This group advises the Chancellor on race and ethnicity related issues at the university and propose solutions. As part of CCORE, I moderated and advertised “town hall” meetings to discuss the current racial environment on campus and I wrote CCORE’s plan for making CU a more inclusive campus.
I also co-founded the CU Café seminar series, a group of graduate students and postdocs who want to increase the representation of scientists from diverse backgrounds on the university’s campus. This group invites diverse STEM faculty from around the world to speak on campus to provide faculty and students with novel networking opportunities. As the manager of CU Café, I scheduled and ran meetings, recorded minutes, organized events, and managed social media. I also spoke about the difference between tolerance and acceptance on a panel sponsored by CU Café at CU Boulder’s annual Diversity and Inclusion summit (see picture above) and advertised CU Café on the local public radio (KGNU).
Finally, I mentored underrepresented undergraduate students in the University of Colorado Boulder’s SMART program throughout graduate school (2009-2015). I also attended the SACNAS national conference three years in a row to recruit underrepresented minority students for University of Colorado STEM graduate programs or the SMART program.