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. Now as SITN Co-Director, I have learned a great deal about effective science communication in various settings. I have 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, 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, 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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