Armed with Science
Armed with Science is a U.S. Department of Defense social media project that connects scientists and engineers with the general public. The project has three main goals: 1) highlight the critical role of science and technology to the modern military; 2) empower scientists, engineers, and other subject matter experts to communicate first-hand with the public; and 3) “experiment” with web technology tools to influence their use and adoption across the Department of Defense.
I co-launched Armed with Science in January 2009, and served as project lead through April 2011. During this time, the Armed with Science podcast and blog earned several national awards, received recognition from popular media, and connected hundreds of Federal science and technology organizations with the public.
Science for Citizens
Science for Citizens promotes public participation in science (i.e., “citizen science”) by enabling the public to contribute to formal scientific research projects. The site’s Project Finder allows volunteers to search and identify hundreds of citizen science opportunities based on criteria important to them. The site helps people learn about, participate in, and contribute to science, inspiring greater appreciation and promoting a better understanding of science and technology among the general public.
Since the site launched in January 2010, I’ve registered 400 new citizen science projects, contributed to social media outreach, and coordinated interactive citizen science exhibits at the 2010 USA Science and Engineering Festival and the 2011 Philadelphia Science Festival. I’ve also managed a team of bloggers covering new citizen science projects and opportunities, and published more than 40 blog posts of my own (they’re all good).
Science Cheerleader aims to increase adult science literacy, grow the ranks of citizen science, and promote public participation in science policy dialogue, all while challenging stereotypes and inspiring young women to consider science careers. The site was launched by Darlene Cavalier, senior advisor at Discover Magazine, former Philadelphia 76ers cheerleader, and co-founder of Science for Citizens.
As Captain of the Male squad, I’ve published more than 50 blog posts, led projects with National Football League Cheerleaders, and helped coordinate Science Cheerleader appearances at various public events. One time, I even DJ’d a live Science Cheerleader performance using an iPod.
Our work as been featured on CNN, NPR, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine,Fox News, Science, and other national media outlets.
Sangari Active Science is an investigation-centered elementary and middle school science curriculum. In Spring 2011, I served as the on-camera Biology specialist in 40 teacher development videos, which highlighted key elements of the Needs of Livings Things, Animals, Life of Animals, and Life Cycles units. I also collaborated with the production team, science writers, and a science advisory panel to write 50 video scripts across the Biology and Chemistry units.