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Scicomm Grant: Leslie Hamachi - Science Dessert Blog

Scicomm Grant: Leslie Hamachi - Science Dessert Blog

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...

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Scicomm Grant: Gabi Serrato Marks - Video Series on Disability in STEM

Scicomm Grant: Gabi Serrato Marks - Video Series on Disability in STEM

  Gabi Serrato Marks is a PhD student in Marine Geology and Geophysics at MIT and communicates science online in a myriad of avenues. Gabi's next endeavor will be a series of videos focusing on the intersection of science and disability. I propose to produce 10 videos, each 1 - 2 minutes long, focused on the intersection of science and disability. These videos will be geared toward scientists with a limited understand of disability. Some of the proposed topics are: - Disability + Ableism 101: vocabulary, overview of ableism - Accessible scicomm: image descriptions, captions, other basic access issues -...

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Scicomm Grant: Brooke Fitzwater - Double Exposure Film Portraits

Scicomm Grant: Brooke Fitzwater - Double Exposure Film Portraits

Brooke Fitzwater is a photographer and biologist preparing to embark on a 5 month research trip to a marine station in Chile. While conducting research, Brooke will also capture portraits of fellow marine biologists. The photographs will not only display the diversity of people conducting research together, they will simultaneously feature the beautiful landscape and nature at the field station. The marine station boasts scientists not only from Chile but also from various other countries including France, Germany, Colombia, and Peru just to name a few. My project will show the people who work diligently every single day to make the...

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Scicomm Grant: Dr. Ipsa Jain & Dr. Minhaj Sirajuddin - Rapid Color Changes in Animals

Scicomm Grant: Dr. Ipsa Jain & Dr. Minhaj Sirajuddin - Rapid Color Changes in Animals

Dr. Ipsa Jain is an artist with a PhD in Biology. In collaboration with Dr. Minhaj Sirajuddin, faculty member studying biological motility at InStem in Bangalore, they plan to create a breathtaking picture book describing the science behind color-changing animals. In addition to publishing a physical book, they hope to share the beautiful science behind camoflauge by making gifs and other online resources. Our non-fiction picture book aims to explain “Rapid Color Changes in Animals” the popular examples being camouflaging animals, Chameleon and Octopus. This subject is fascinating to young kids, young adults and curious adults. We plan to highlight...

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Scicomm Grant: Adriana M. Padilla Roger - ¡Temporal! Mind over Storm

Scicomm Grant: Adriana M. Padilla Roger - ¡Temporal! Mind over Storm

  Adriana M. Padilla Roger is currently pursuing her bachelors degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras. She is passionate about the brain, conducting research and advocating for neuroscience and neuroscientists alike. Combining her experience in journalism and her concern for the aftermath of Hurricane María that left Puerto Ricans physically and mentally devastated, she is creating a zine that be a resource for understanding and coping with mental disorders. The title, "¡Temporal! Mind over Storm" is a reference to overcoming both Hurricane María and mental health disorders. Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island with a bold spirit and...

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