Public understanding of science, especially biology, is critical to combating some of the most serious issues we face as a society. However, the public is consistently under-informed about the scientific activities and priorities: only 28% of Americans say climate change should be a top legislative priority, and almost 50% of Americans say that young people do not pursue scientific careers because they perceive science as being too hard. Outreach is one of the best ways to solve these problems.
I volunteer with PlantingScience, a consortium of educators, professional societies, corporate groups dedicated to increasing knowledge about plants through free online resources and mentoring.
I’m also a proud SIP mentor. This incredible program allows high school students to have intensive, ten-week, hands-on research experiences at UCSC in a variety of STEM and social science disciplines. If you’re a high school student, check it out!
I also participate in Women in Science and Engineering at UCSC, through which I do general outreach presentations and science fair judging.
If you are a student of any age or skill level interested in collaborating with me or getting information about resources, feel free to contact me.