As a scientist, I view it as my duty to increase scientific literacy in the communities we occupy. Throughout my academic career I have participated in or created programs which showcase nature through a STEM lens. I give hands-on demonstrations in an effort to move past memorizing, providing first-person experience into how we learn about natural processes. I aim to increase the flow of diverse minds into STEM careers through direct engagement.
The Destiny traveling science learning program is a science education outreach initiative of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at UNC-Chapel Hill that serves pre-college teachers and students across North Carolina. Destiny develops and delivers a standards-based, hands-on curriculum and teacher professional development with a team of educators and a fleet of vehicles that travel throughout the state.
Nature in the City
"We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
Without crippling fear"