Communicating science is something I love. While talking about science happens on a daily basis from the coffee shop to the family dinner table, the main formal scientific communication opportunities have occurred with National Geographic, TEDxHonolulu and Famelab.
I’ve been involved with Goggles Optional at Stanford University, a podcast where scientists from Stanford University provide their professional yet humorous takes from the world of science. We explore the significant news and discoveries of the week using a combination of wit, analogies, and words with less than four syllables.
At TEDx Honolulu I spoke on the influence of the “unseen” microbial community on marine larval development as well as a variety of aspects of human life. TEDxHonolulu seeks to produce events with the TED foundation of “Ideas Worth Spreading”, developed by some of the best minds that Hawai‘i and the global community has to offer. By featuring dynamic and innovative individuals drawn from the diverse, multi-cultural nature of the community, the vision is to be a local forum for ideas that inspire people to change their lives and better their world.
I’ve also participated in an event sponsored by National Geographic and NASA entitled FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond, a competition for students, postdocs, and passionate intellectuals who care about effective science communication. I had the honor of moving on from a regional event to the national competition and presented at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C.