Outreach Committee, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Organization

The EEB Graduate Student Organizations actively participates in science communication and community outreach at all age groups both on campus and across the Lawrence community. We are listed as Community Partner with the Girl Scouts NE Kansas and MW Missouri and are a Science Booster Club with the National Center for Science Education.

To stay up to date with EEB outreach, please visit outreachkueeb.wordpress.com.

Selected Events

Science Night at the Lawrence Public Library, 2019

As part of an initiative to add a science communication component to our Graduate Student Retreat, three gradate students with top scores from science communication specialists were asked to given presentations for the Lawrence Public library. I gave a talk about how jellyfish venoms change over the life of a jellyfish, but as importantly, the difference between poisons and venoms! We also had specimens, including live jellies and wood cuts, for participants that wanted to learn more about our research. Great work everyone!

Inspire a Girl! 2019

Inspire A Girl is a an annual celebration by the Girl Scout of NE Kansas and MW Missouri to " encourage Girl Scouts to work toward their Highest Awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards) and celebrate service to others" (Inspire a Girl Webpage). During the event, Community Partners are invited to bring interactive activities to engage Girl Scouts of all ages at the STEM Expo. My fellow graduate student and I brought activities involving tree rings, sea turtles, and live jellies. We were lucky to talk to over 200 girls at this event!

Skype a Scientist Live!

I regularly participate in Skype a Scientist, and had the chance to participate in a live event during Venom Week in 2019! Below is the entire live session, which includes a fantastic group of early career female researchers that explore a diversity of biological questions using venoms. For a video feature of my own work, see Home.

The Lives of Jellyfish on the Mall!

Scorching heat and three hours of jellyfish fun, my return to DC as a Visiting Research Fellow naturally began with an outreach event for the whole Smithsonian community, along with several other interns at the Aqua Room run by Dr. Allen Collins. Check out this link to intern Daniel's account of the event!

PC: @boxjellytalk

Nerd Night is a community-organized, monthly series of three 20 min talks by anyone who wants to share something they are passionate about! Presentation titled “Tale of a Jellyfish Sting: Untold stories of the oldest venomous animals.” Gotta love the reactions from the audience when talking about how the venom of the Australian Box Jellyfish goes right for your heart (;

SEARCH Symposium 2018

Graduate student organized event for STEMM graduate students seeking careers beyond academia. Composed of multiple panels, keynotes, short talks, and networking with researchers across various disciplines. This was a collaboration between Molecular Biosciences and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I moderated the "Science Communication and Outreach Panel," shown to the right. Please see website for more information.

Red Hot Graduate Research, KU Commons

"Ode to the Jellyfish Sting," a six minute oral presentation given to to ~40 staff, faculty, and students across various disciplines at KU. This quick paced talks from a variety of disciplines are meant to foster connections between departments. See website for more details.

Science of the Macabre, KU Natural History Museum

My lab mate and I talking about parasitic jellies and venoms during the annual Science of the Macabre at the KU Natural History Museum is a regular fall event to showcase a variety of spooky aspects of the animals we study, like how cnidarians called myxozoans parasitize fish and venoms can target you skin and your muscles (and your brains, and your nerves, and your hearts).

GSKSMO STEM Expo, Camp Tongawood

Variety of modules developed by EEB graduate students, organized by Kaila Colyott and Andrew Mongue, to showcase marine animals, fish art, DNA extractions, plant morphology and insects to about 70 Girl Scouts.