Communication and outreach are part and parcel of being a scientist-- our work means nothing unless we can figure out how to express its importance to others. Additionally, since a large portion of basic science is publicly funded, we have an obligation to share our results in ways that are understandable to someone without any specialized training. Most importantly, we have a responsibility to demonstrate the power of science as a tool for understanding our shared heritage as humans: the natural world and all its mysteries.
There is also an urgent need for scientific outreach "in the gaps": communities with broken public educational systems, students who may not have the resources to continue in science, and underrepresented groups who face social and cultural obstacles to the pursuit of scientific careers. My outreach program focuses on addressing these gaps through student mentoring, volunteer teaching, and other organized activities.
- June 2014: Volunteer, Girls' Science Institute, San Francisco Exploratorium
- May 2014: Judge, Think College Now/International Community School Science Fair, Oakland, CA
- Fall 2012: Presentation judge in Math, Engineering and Physics for the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
- Summer 2011 and 2012: Project Leader for the Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy
- Fall 2010: Teacher with Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS)/Community Resources for Science (CRS)