Outreach & Media

Throughout graduate school, I have dedicated a lot of time and energy to learning how to increase the scientific literacy of the general public. Since my first semester at Harvard, I have been deeply involved with the graduate student organization Science in the News (SITN), which works to bridge the communication gap between scientists and non-scientists through free public lectures, online blogs, science cafes, podcasts, outreach programming, and more. For two years as SITN Co-Director, I had the oportunity to learn a great deal about effective science communication in various settings. I honed my skills at interactive workshops like ComSciCon, and I have written both informative and opinion pieces that have been published in outlets ranging from SITN’s blog to The Conversation.

I am a strong believer that scientific thinking and evidence-based policymaking is beneficial for society. This requires that both the voting public and the elected officials have a basic knowledge of science, as well as an appreciation for facts and data. It also elevates scientists to the role of informed advisors. To that end, I was honored to travel to Washington D.C. with Harvard's Science Policy Group in April 2018 to meet with government agencies, non-profit organizations, think tanks, and media outlets that are involved in making, implementing, influencing, and communicating science policy. 

In my remaining free time, I have done fun things like serving as a judge at local science fairs, volunteering at science festivals, participating in Skype a Scientist and Letters to a Pre-Scientist, making short films for Brain Awareness Week and the Alda Center Flame Challenge, hosting an activity table at MIT Musem's Girls Day, teaching a course as part of MIT Splash, telling a story at a Story Collider event (twice!), and serving on science communication panels at the Science & Us workshop and at the Wyss Institute. I've even done some science-themed stand-up comedy...

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My public lecture about how our brain constructs our perception of the world:
My colleague and I explain the science behind a viral internet illusion: