Science Communication Experience
Below are some of the opportunities I've had to communicate science to general audiences.
Saturday Morning Physics
In April 2018, I had the honor of giving a ~20 min talk to about 400 people from the Ann Arbor and south-east Michigan area through the weekly seminar series, Saturday Morning Physics, hosted by the University of Michigan Physics Department.
My talk was titled "The Sound Heard 'Round the World", and in it, I discussed how it's possible that sound can travel around the world, through an interesting combination of physics found in the deep ocean.
Check out the full video here!
I spent an extensive amount of time working with RELATE (www.learntorelate.org) to create and run workshops to train graduate students, as well as faculty and undergrads, in various aspects of science communication. Our primary focus was on verbal presentation skills, typically with either elevator pitches or 15 min lay-audience talks in mind. Through these workshops, attendees learned how to improve their science communication skills by explaining their science clearly and concisely in a narrative story arc, avoiding unnecessary technical details or jargon, and presenting it alongside polished and purposeful slides and visual aids.
Nerd Nite Ann Arbor
Who better to explain what Nerd Nite is than Nerd Nite themselves?
We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 90 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well. Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or zombie insects, while having a few or a few too many. Fun, right?
ASA: Gallery of Acoustics
1st Place in the Gallery of Acoustics, held at the 173rd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Boston, MA (June 25-29, 2017).
This entry was titled "Kaleidosone", and depicts the volume, as a function of position, of a point source in a wedge-shaped region bounded by rigid walls. The color scale varies from red (loudest) to blue (quietest), and is logarithmic. By varying the wedge's angle, position, and frequency, beautiful designs emerge which are reminiscent of a kaleidoscope.
Last updated 4/26/2018