Outreach

GENERAL AUDIENCE PUBLICATIONS

One of my favorite things to do is write, and over the years I've written a few science-based pieces for general/popular audiences. In 2016, I authored an encyclopedia article on Microbial Biogeography in the Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology for Elsevier; interestingly, this endeavor actually originated from an assignment in an Astrobiology class while at the University of Hawaii. In 2018, I also authored a book for high school students called "The Big Bang Explained" for Enslow Publishing, which was a challenging but very rewarding experience.

INQUIRY-BASED + EQUITABLE LEARNING

I am interested in applying research-based teaching methods, designing inquiry-based activities that create more effective science/engineering learning experiences, and working collaboratively to promote equitable learning environments.

To this end, I have been participating in the Institute for Science and Engineering Educators (ISEE) Professional Development Program (PDP). ISEE/PDP participants attend multi-day workshops on inquiry-based learning and collaborative educational design. During these workshops, participants form small teams (3-5 people) and design teaching programs under the guidance of a Design Team Leader, who is typically a returning ISEE/PDP participant at the advanced graduate student or postdoc level. The ISEE/PDP culminates with the participants teaching the activity that they designed at an ISEE-affiliated educational program, typically at the undergraduate level. ISEE/PDP started in 2001 and has over 400 Alumni.

I was a Design Team Leader for the 2017 ISEE/PDP. My team's teaching venue was the 2017 TMT Preparing Future Leaders Workshop, which brought together graduate students and post-docs in science and engineering who are interested in international collaboration and project management. Our teaching activity was unique, in that it developed an inquiry-based learning program for higher-education (i.e., beyond the undergraduate level).

Participants of the first TMT Future Leaders Workshop working on an inquiry-based activity. (Image credit: ISEE/PDP)