Communication & Outreach

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION & OUTREACH

Scientists engage the public through science communication and outreach, fostering curiosity and appreciation for scientific knowledge. I believe science is a public good; thus, we have a responsibility to share our work in accessible formats and avenues. My passion for science communication springs from my belief in universal access to education and implementation of evidence-based policy for the protection of community health.

  • Science outreach is the action of bringing the laboratory to the public, allowing those outside academia to engage with scientists and their research.

  • Science communication is the practice of sharing research results to broad and diverse audiences. It educates the public sphere, encourages support of scientific advancement, and is critical for policy decisions.

Communications & Features

2021 Interview: Alumni Profile Series, Duke Graduate School. 2021.

2021 Research Communications: Pregnant Rabbits and Drinking Water: How We’re Studying the Health Effects of PFAS Exposure on Mothers and Their Babies. PFAS Exposure Study, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.

2021 Website Development: Electronic Waste at Duke University. Bass Connections, Duke University.

2020 Research Communications: Project Team Profile: E-waste Impact on Birth Outcomes. Bass Connections Showcase. 2020.

2019 Research Communications: Where Do Our Discarded Electronics Go? Bass Connections News, Duke University.

2019 Research Communications: Four Lessons from a Novice Field Researcher. Voices of DGHI, Duke Global Health Institute. 2019.

2019 Interview: Students in the Field Interview. Voices of DGHI, Duke Global Health Institute.

#PFASComm Competition

In June 2021, I participated in the PFAS Communications Workshop & Competition, supported by Silent Spring Institute and NC State University. I placed first in the competition for my 3 minute talk sharing my research with community members from PFAS-affected communities.

IMPACTS Scientist

I am a Morehead Planetarium and Science Center IMPACTS Scientist. From 2019 - 2020, I completed a public communication training program, prepared outreach curriculum, and conducted outreach activities at North Carolina middle schools.

My workshop curriculum is called "Chemical Agent: 007". In this session, I designed a series of activities to discuss what chemicals are (everything), where they are located (everywhere), and how scientists can determine if they are dangerous to humans and the environment (experiments).

During this session, students get an opportunity to conduct their own experiment to determine how salt impacts the growth of radish seeds. This teaches students about the concept of dose, and how different doses of a chemical can have different effects on an organism.

ComSciCon - Triangle

I am actively involved with ComSciCon-Triangle, a science communication workshop for graduate students. In 2019, I was accepted as a workshop attendee, after which I joined the Organizing Committee to coordinate the 2020 workshop.

During this workshop, attendees participate in a series of panels and activities, including SciComm Bootcamp, Visual Communication, Science Improv, and Expert review of attendee's written work.

ComSciCon - Triangle 2020 Organizing Committee