Outreach + Communication
I feel it’s my responsibility as an early career scientist to build a habit of engaging in active outreach and communication efforts, both with respect to my own science as well as in the broader context of promoting an understanding of – and an appreciation for – the scientific process itself.
To this end, I’ve prioritized public outreach and community engagement as an important aspect of my graduate training through participation in initiatives and programs such as:
- Scientist in the Classroom, National Center for Science Education (Scientist @ NEARI)
- Blogs: That’s Life [Science], Dispatches from the Field, Scientific American (Writer, Editor, & ‘That’s Life [Science]’ Founding Member)
- UMass Graduate Women in STEM Organization (Executive Board Member)
- Life Science Café (Organizing Committee, Panel Host, Invited Speaker)
- Skype a Scientist (Virtual Scientist @ Edmonton Academy, Newbury Elementary, Strathcona High, & Buffalo High)
- Three Minute Thesis Competition (UMass Amherst 2017 Finalist)
- Beyond the (micro)Scope Podcast (Featured Interview)
- Does It Fart Read-Aloud Project (Episode #77, The Megalodon)
- Soundbytes, Amherst Middle School (Presenter)
- American Museum of Natural History (Behind-the-scenes Tours)
- Social Media Efforts, Animal Behavior Society (Twitter Team)
- Congressional District Visits, American Institute of Biological Sciences (Constituent Scientist)
- The Specialist Podcast (‘Specialette’ Feature)
- Letters to a Pre-Scientist (Scientist Pen Pal @ Camino Nuevo)
- Career Day, International Community High School (Panelist)
Check out the below links to a few selected blogposts:
I am actively building upon these ongoing efforts, and the following two objectives are my current outreach priorities: 1) connect with more diverse audiences, and 2) find ways to measure the impact/reach of my efforts.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org / twitter: @avstrauss / pronouns: she, her
Currently based in New York, NY.