I particularly enjoy engaging with the general public about science and I frequently seek out unique opportunities to interact with people of all ages. Below are some highlights of outreach events I have been involved with over the years.
If you have any ideas for additional outreach opportunities in the greater Omaha area or within driving distance, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am always looking for ways to be more involved in the community!
High School Science Academy
Hosted by the Nebraska Wildlife Refuge Inc, this program aims to give Omaha high school students the opportunity to participate in college-level lectures and field/lab work, and nurture their interest in biology before graduating. I taught a section called “Robotic Roaches and Zombie Crickets”, where students learned how different parasites can manipulate their host’s physiology to suit their own needs, and what studying insects can teach us.
Check out the NWRI webpage for more information on this program.
“Data Nuggets are an innovative approach to bring authentic, cutting edge research and data into the [K-12] classroom, revealing to students how the process of science really works and increasing the connections between scientists and the public. Data Nuggets have the potential to improve the understanding of science in society and help train and motivate the next generation of scientists and engineers.” – DataNuggets.org
Check out my data nugget titled “When avoiding predators, does size or behavior matter?“
This 4-week summer program helps rural high school students gain the academic skills and motivation they need for success in high school, college, and everyday life. The program also provides preview of the college experience by having students attend courses taught by college instructors (me!).
Science After Hours and Café Scientifique Programs
Invited by the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute in Idaho, and the Science Center of Iowa, respectively, I presented portions of my research to engage the general public in science. Topics included why animals mate at such high rates and how the sexual conflict arms race is going in numerous, fascinating species that we rarely hear about.
I have visited numerous local high schools to discuss my current research and career opportunities in science to junior and senior high school students. I’ve also helped facilitate an interactive CSI Case Study designed to teach the students about the many uses of modern scientific technology. Go science!
These events welcome the general public to participate in guided tours of unique and pristine local habitats not typically open to the public. As a tour leader, I helped share the wonder of nature with people of all ages and discussed ways in which we could work towards preserving our rich natural heritage for the future.