Thanks to Graduate Students Who Extend Center’s Work

Communicating science student Bennett Grooms and others help do the work of the center.

Graduate students who have taken GRAD 5144 (Communicating Science) or who intersect with the Center for Communicating Science (CCS) in other ways continue to do a great job communicating their research to diverse audiences and extending the work of the CCS.

GRAD 5144 student Bennett Grooms is now serving on the center’s advisory board. He also has been helping graduate and undergraduate students build their communicating science skills through providing guest lectures in several classes, including working with  Amy Brunner in Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation in April. Brunner’s graduate class “Research Dissemination in Natural Resources” is primarily focused on communication to scientists, and Grooms helped the students in the course develop skills and techniques for communicating their research briefly and to non-scientist audiences.

GRAD 5144 “graduates” also have served as Science on Tap speakers this semester, with Sihui Ma teaching us how to make fermented rice in January, Brenen Wynd talking about his dead friends (long-extinct species) in February, and Susan Chen reminding us of the importance of food waste in April. Wynd also won the “best talk” award in his division at the Geosciences department graduate symposium.

Many thanks to graduate students Hila Taylor, Kat Black, Amelia Tankersley, Madeleine Bruce, Tyler McFayden, Tatiana Garcia-Meza, Meredith Semel, Dana Korneisel, and Khanh To and to our student intern Hayley Oliver for their trips to Eastern Elementary School in Giles County this semester to bring science to kindergarten children.

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