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Opportunities for Public Communication of Science

April 29 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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event flyerJoin a panel of speakers to be inspired about how as a graduate student or postdoc you could take advantage of opportunities to engage in communication of your research, science in general, and best of all, share your passion with public audiences! Q&A and informal discussion will follow.

This public panel session kicks off the COMM5660 weekend workshop, led this year by Cat Lambert.

TODAY’S SESSION is HELD IN-PERSON ONLY in Warren B75 at 4:30pm April 29. All are welcome to attend, no pre-registration required.

Learn about the wide range of opportunities for incorporating public engagement and science communication in your professional activities. Speakers will share how they got into science communication, reasons why they continue to do so, opportunities and challenges integrating communication activities as a doctoral student or postdoc. The panelists will also share specific skill to work on that are useful elsewhere, and goals they have for future science communication activities. Tehre will be opportunities to ask questions of the panelists and informal discussion will follow.


Jeff Pea: PhD candidate in Nutritional Sciences, science educator and illustrator.  At Cornell University Jeff conducts research in the Cornell Ovary Lab focused on how the ovary can act as a biomarker for metabolic and reproductive conditions. Jeff is a science educator and illustrator whose work focuses on translating science, medicine, and healthcare to classrooms and the general public. @jeffpeapod / www.jeffpea.com

Dr. Eve Vavagiakis: postdoc in Physics, writer and author of “I’m a Neutrino,” a children’s book from MIT Kid’s Press. A space enthusiast since childhood, she now works in experimental cosmology as part of the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, CCAT-prime, CMB-S4, and Simons Observatory collaborations to build instrumentation and study the oldest light in the universe. She also co-directs the high energy physics reader’s digest blog ParticleBites. @EveVavagiakis / evevavagiakis.com

Jenn Houtz: PhD Candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, developer of “Bird’s Eye View” elementary school outreach program. Originally from Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, Jenn’s research focuses on how gut microbiota diversity relates to stress-related changes in physiology and behavior in wild birds. Jenn runs a local outreach program for elementary school students on avian ecology and biodiversity. She is also President of the Cornell First Generation and Low Income Graduate Student Organization (FiGLI). @JennHoutz / https://jenniferhoutz.weebly.com/

Ishan Mishra, PhD Candidate in Astronomy, science writer and communicator. Ishan’s research involves planetary spectroscopic retrievals. He is a writer for the astronomy outreach blog “Astrobites” and part of the science communication team of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell. Ishan has also been active in organizing outreach events such as Museum in the Dark, Expanding Your Horizons, and public talks and exhibitions at local libraries and community centers. @astro_ishan / https://ishan-mishra.github.io/ He will be joining the panel remotely.

Supported by Cornell’s Department of Communication and Careers Beyond Academia in the Graduate School.


April 29
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Careers - Non-Academic
Focus Area
Build Your Skills, Create Your Plan, Prepare For Your Career
Transferable Skills