Service and Outreach
I feel strongly that one of my roles as a scientist is to be
actively engaged both within and beyond the scientific
community. I have therefore made it a priority throughout my
career to participate in initiatives to improve the state of
scientific research and to share the excitement and
awesomeness of science with the general public.
Policy and Advocacy:
Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association
As a postdoctoral fellow, I have been an active member of the
Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association, first by serving as a
member of the Policy and Advocacy Committee and then by
leading fellow postdocs to form a new committee dedicated to
the issues of postdocs in the Johns Hopkins School of Public
Health. In these roles, I have advocated for improved
benefits, recognition, and representation of postdocs within
the Hopkins community.
Speak out for Science!Along with other members of the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association's Policy and Advocacy Committee, I helped lead a visit to Washington D.C. to speak with congress members to advocate for increased funding for basic scientific research.
Expanding Your Horizons:
For three years during graduate school, I was co-chair for
Expanding Your Horizons, a one-day conference where ~300 girls
learn about science, meet young scientists and get to
participate in hands on workshops. Working to organize this
event gave me experience in developing educational material
for a diverse audience (middle-school aged students and their
parents) and helped show me how meaningful it can be to engage
with young girls about science early in their education.
Insectapalooza is a fun and educational family event at
Cornell University that showcases the amazing world of
insects. From 2007-2011, I helped develop and present exhibits
about genetics and insect immunology.