SCIENCE COMMUNICATION 

Communicating Science Workshop (ComSciCon) Chapter Workshops

I have co-organized the following ComSciCon chapter workshops to provide STEM graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with hands-on science communication training and improve the accessibility of science for the general public. Feel free to click any of the pictures to read more! 

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ComSciCon-Cornell 2018

@ComSciConNY (formerly ComSciConCornL) | ny@comscicon.org

Check out the press release that I co-wrote for WSKG covering this event

Check out our poster presented at the 2019 NSPN & AAAS Annual Meetings

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ComSciCon-New York 2019

@ComSciConNY | ny@comscicon.org

Check out the press release written by Nancy Ruiz (co-organizer) covering this event

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ComSciCon-Science Writers (SciWri) 2019

@ComSciConSciWri | sciwri@comscicon.org

Check out our 2019 cohort's published pieces 

Join us in Boulder, Colorado in October 2020 for ComSciCon-SciWri 2020! 

SCIENCE POLICY 

Science Policy Intern: 84th Texas Legislative Session

During the spring semester of my sophomore year of college, I worked as a full-time science policy intern in the Texas House of Representatives as part of the inaugural Texas Legislative Internship Program (TLIP) cohort. My primary responsibilities included analyzing economic incentive funds to use towards establishing the Governor’s University Research Initiative (GURI), a program that brings distinguished researchers to Texas public universities. In addition, I met with constituents, non-profit organizations, and lobbyists to discuss legislation pertaining to science, technology, public health, and higher education. I also helped coordinate the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month event held at the Texas Capitol which recognized the achievements and contributions of Asian educators, business owners, and entrepreneurs in Texas. 

 

As the only intern with a STEM background at the time, I quickly realized the urgent need for effective science communication when conveying to policymakers and the general public the importance of funding scientific research. Consequently, my experience in the Texas Capitol consequently motivated me to initiate my organizational efforts with ComSciCon to help bridge this disconnect. I also frequently op-eds and and popular science pieces as a member of the National Public Radio (NPR) SciCommers (formerly Friends of Joe's Big Idea) community.

Cornell BEST Program and Advocacy in New York State 

I am an active member of Cornell Careers Beyond Academia (BEST Program; formerly Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training), a university-wide initiative providing experiential learning opportunities for all disciplines. Through the Cornell BEST Program, I attended the 2017 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Public Policy Institute in D.C. Click here to read a spotlight on this institute!

In October 2018, I organized a visit from New York State Senator Tom O'Mara (58th District) to Cornell through the American Institute for Biological Sciences (AIBS) Congressional District Visit Initiative. I coordinated a tour of some of our Biomechanics research facilities (Profs. Nelly Andarawis-Puri, Marjolein van der Meulen, and Chris Hernandez). In addition, I also facilitated a meeting with Senator O'Mara, faculty (Profs. Nelly Andarawis-Puri, Marjolein Van der Meulen, Chris Hernandez, Larry Bonassar, Jonathan Butcher, and Eve Donnelly) and graduate students which discussed the current state of biomanufacturing careers, entrepreneurial ventures out of Cornell, and need for increased state-level support of NYSTEM Research Experience for Teachers (RET) & STEM outreach activities.