Working within Science in the News at Harvard gave me ample opportunity to communicate with the public, manage fellow graduate student teams, and develop new events both within and outside the Harvard community.
I even gave an accessible version of my thesis talk to the public:
Science in the news Co-DIRECTOR: 2015-2017
Science in the News (SITN) is an entirely student-run organization that was founded in 2001. Each year it is run by two graduate students who manage and oversee all aspects of the organization including the seminar series, science by the pint events, blog, model organism zoo, podcast, and overall brand.
DAYCON: FOUNDER and TEAM LEAD
A daylong science conference produced by graduate students for the public, DayCon consists of a day of seminars, poster sessions, and interactive opportunities for the public to interface with real scientists. The first iteration of the event drew 60 members of the public and the event is now in its fourth year. Each year has a different theme and past themes include: Bio-Medley, Planet Earth, Bodies in Motion, and Tomorrow's Tech Today. DayCon not only serves the public but is a leadership machine for the SITN organization.
Digital Media Makeover
One of my biggest accomplishments as co-director was overseeing and managing an entire digital media re-organization of SITN. I spearheaded the re-design of our website which was a project that had been put off for years. I led the way for archiving our lectures with edited videos. I oversaw our very first Reddit AMA events (which sparked additional graduate student AMAs from other schools). I also recognized the value of good graphics for sharing and popularizing our content so I started pairing scientist-graphic designers with our lecture speakers so that the promotional materials would look more professional and consistent. Visit our website.
My first public lecture for SITN: A Lesson in #scicomm
Model Organism Zoo Reboot
Digital Health Communication in the 21st Century, Harvard School of Public Health, Spring 2017
Science in Context: Breaking the boundaries between science and society, Winter 2017
Harvard Business School Course: Mini-MBA Summer Bootcamp, Summer 2016
ComSciCon-ScienceWriters Fall 2015
Harvard Law School Course: Public Discourse and Rhetoric by Jonathan Zittrain, Spring 2015
ComSciCon National Conference Spring 2014