Communicating Our Science:
Outreach to the Public and Future Scientists
Contributed by President-Elect and Program Chair, Brian Chorely, Ph.D., USEPA
The GEMS Spring Meeting took place on April 19, 2016, and was a resounding success! GEMS invited professional science communicators and basic science researchers to discuss their outreach efforts and to encourage GEMS members to become more involved in science outreach. In addition, we invited local high school students to present their projects and to interact with scientists to learn more about our careers and to learn about opportunities that are available to them.
Below are highlights from the event:
This meeting underscored the importance and immense need of conveying our science outside of our peer network. As a Society, GEMS will strive to be a part of future outreach efforts to benefit both our membership and the public as a whole.
Read more about the 2016 Spring Meeting in this NIEHS Environmental Factor article:
Spring Meeting Agenda
Stephanie L. Smith-Roe, Ph.D., GEMS President, DNTP/NIEHS
Brian Chorley, Ph.D., GEMS President-Elect, US EPA
9:00-10:00 Where Do Ideas Come From? Oliver Smithies, Ph.D., Nobel laureate, Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
10:00-10:15 Q & A Session with Dr. Smithies and Students
10:00-11:30 Poster Session (snacks and beverages provided)
10:15 – 11:00 Students present at posters
10:15 – 11:30 Outreach representatives at posters
11:30-11:45 A Tribute for Elizabeth S. Von Halle, Ph.D.
Michael D. Shelby, Ph.D., DNTP/NIEHS (Special Volunteer)
11:45-12:00 Announcements12:00-1:15 Lunch at EPA Cafeteria
Split Afternoon Sessions
1:15-2:15 Building Academic-Community-Government Partnerships to Improve Public Health (Room C111-AB) Rebecca Fry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill2:15-3:15 A Broader Impact: Extending Your Work Beyond the Lab (Room C111-AB) Todd Boyette, Ph.D., Director of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and co-founder of the North Carolina Science Festival
1:15-2:00 Adventures in Public Science: A Biologist's Journey from Lab Rat to Ring Leader (Room C111-C) Holly Menninger, Ph.D., Director of Public Science, College of Sciences, North Carolina State University
2:00-2:45 Life and Science: The Moving Target (Room C111-C) Kal Gunasingha, BS, Medical Student and Researcher, Duke University and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences2:45-3:15 Does Your Environment Affect Your Health? (Room C111-C) George Woodall, Ph.D., Toxicologist, National Center for Environmental Assessment, US EPA
3:15-3:30 Closing Remarks (Room C111)
GEMS would like to acknowledge the support of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for the Annual Spring Meeting. The funding provided has allowed for students to attend the meeting and present their work.