I’m organizer of the MSU hacky hour, a coding support group for members of the academic community who want help, companionship, or motivation to aid them through computational aspects of their work. Coding and other advanced computational skills are now a requirement for most academics in STEM, but many young scientists regard computational techniques with dread and uncertainty. The hacky hour support group’s purpose is to provide support and companionship for academics who want to focus on coding, share expertise, provide/receive help, and to ultimately advance their research agenda.
Additional academic community activities, such as committee service and student mentoring, can be found on my CV.
I’m a co-founder and co-organizer of Biology on Tap, a monthly public event where graduate students, post-docs, and faculty give short talks on biological topics at a local bar. Our goal with this event is to bring biology education to adult members of the public who no longer have the opportunity to attend classes or attend lectures. This event also demonstrates that biology is fun and accessible to those without advanced degrees, and provides a means for establishing connections between biologists and the public they serve.
Additional outreach activites, such as volunteer work at other outreach events and public lectures, can be found on my CV.