Leslie Hamachi is a chemistry PhD student at Columbia University and loves to bake. After 5 years of weekly Dessert Club meetings, Leslie was inspired to use desserts to communicate science - like these quantum dot cookies.
First, I want to communicate scientific concepts that people are actually researching to the general public in a way that is understandable. In this case, anyone out-of-field would be the general public. I find that I can’t even understand some organic chemistry research despite being a PhD chemist (my focus is in inorganic nanomaterials). Food is a great way to draw people in and start making some analogies.
Second, I want to provide a resource on science pun desserts that scientists can get excited about and use to bring a dessert to the next department potluck. I want to be the Smitten Kitchen, Christina Tosi, or David Lebovitz but for science themed desserts.
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