Paid Summer Research at University Labs via the NSF

It’s not too early to start thinking about summer opportunities. Through the federal-funded National Science Foundation, researchers from across the country can pay undergraduate summer researchers in their labs. Though you will have to apply to the individual lab (and be accepted), you will have the opportunity to work on your own research project and contribute to the lab’s research. Start your search by visiting the link below to see a list of universities and researchers in the NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program (if the link is disabled, search for “NSF REU sites Biological Sciences”):

Science Communication Seminar via Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

Great opportunity to attend a web conference sponsored by the Alan Alda Center for Science Communication at Stony Brook University last week. Simply amazing to be selected for this online conference. The Alda Center brought together a group of people from all over the world who all communicate about science in their work (other professors, government researchers, consultants). We spent the session engaged in a role-playing improvisation session to stimulate brainstorming. We then fruitfully discussed how to better explain science topics to audiences with varying levels of expertise. Highly recommend the Alda Center’s programs to other science teachers and anyone else who explains science as part of their everyday work. Hope to be invited back for another conference!