Science worth a thousand words


Danielle Snowflack, the ASBMB's new manager of public outreach, describes merging her love of science and art.

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There are many ways to skin this course


What happens when the online Art of Science Communication course jumps off the computer screen and into the classroom?

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Exploring a new scicomm approach in Uruguay


Ana Inés Zambrana writes about her group's effort to shine a light on women's contributions to science in Uruguay.

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An evening of science-themed improv


Join the ASBMB on April 24 at The Comedy Clubhouse in Chicago!

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Effective communication: dream or reality?


A report delivered little on how to engage in effective science communication, but Geoff Hunt has a suggestion.

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A note from the Public Outreach Committee chair


Susanna Greer, the new committee chair, describes some of the society's outreach efforts.

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Me and the OpenBiome


An internship showed Garner Soltes how a Ph.D. training helped to communicate science.

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ASBMB Student Chapters outreach grant program


The program makes available up to $500 per year for individual student chapters to do science outreach.

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Science on the cover


The punk rock band The Descendents showcase chemistry on their latest album cover.

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NISE Net: Making a macro impact with nanoscience


ASBMB's public outreach manager, Geoff Hunt, interviews Larry Bell who is the senior vice president for strategic initiatives at the Museum of Science in Boston.

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Communications training near you


The ASBMB's Public Outreach Committee is expanding its "The Art of Science Communication" course.

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Know your audience


The science outreach coordinator at The Rockefeller University writes about how dependent successful outreach is on knowing and connecting with your audience and offers real-world examples from her work with urban K–12 groups.

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New minors policies affect outreach activities


Organizers of a summer science camp explore the development of campus policies regarding engagement with minors, and offer advice for working on the policies with administrators.

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Blockbuster bio


Biology majors in a teaching program are challenged to produce engaging videos that make scientific topics understandable and appealing to a general audience.

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When our DNA is fair game


A bioartist concerned with privacy, genetics and the future of biotechnology creates startling 3-D portraits through DNA phenotyping of discarded items like chewing gum, cigarette butts and human hair.

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New York student members sign up organ donors


The ASBMB Student Chapter at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City signed up 50 new organ donors during its tenth annual organ donation drive. The students talk about what it takes to help their community sort through the myths surrounding organ donation and the satisfaction they feel contributing to a cause where demand far outstrips supply.

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Why you should be a science fair judge


Any active scientist can judge one of the thousands of middle and high school science fairs that take place around the country each year. Judges and organizers talk with ASBMB's outreach manager about the many positives of judging fairs and the simple ways to get started.

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Cracking open the lab doors


Do-it-yourself biologists find community, equipment, courses and mentorship at Baltimore UnderGround Science Space.

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Community, suds and science


 A Philadephia sports bar is the setting for Science on the Hill, a popular and interactive science outreach series organized by Saint Joseph University faculty and staff.


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What you need to know about the HOPES program


 An infographic illustrates the effect of The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's Hands-on Opportunities to Promote Engagement in Science grant program, which incentivizes and supports the development of outreach programs and partnerships by teachers and researchers.

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Drinks, chips and STEM


The Young Adult Science Café aims to to create dialogue, promote interest in and awareness about STEM, and provide opportunities for any would-be scientists in attendance to hear insiders’ takes on potential science careers.

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An online course on the art of science communication


For many scientists, presenting and communicating is a job requirement. But training scientists to perform these tasks receives very little attention. To help make scientists more effective communicators, the members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Public Outreach Committee, each of whom has extensive personal experience with communication and public engagement, have developed a course called “The Art of Science Communication.”

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Drawing added to Aspirnauts’ toolkits


This year’s summer Aspirnaut interns, who spent six weeks conducting research at Vanderbilt, were introduced to yet another new program component called Drawing in Science, which emphasizes the ways in which art can inspire scientific creativity and translate complex scientific ideas.

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Outreach: adding new skills


Find out about a new online course that ASBMB designed to help you improve your communication skills, and get an update on the Aspirnaut science outreach program at Vanderbilt University.

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Outreach: Resolving major issues with major selection


The Northeastern Program for Teaching by Undergraduates, or NEPTUN, brings high-school students to campus for classes designed and taught by Northeastern students.

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Brewing an interest in science


Garner Soltes writes about the Science by the Cup & A Tall Drink of Science initiative, an adult science literacy effort born of a partnership between the Princeton Graduate Molecular Biology Outreach Program and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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What can you do for science?


Teresa Evans of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio established Teen Meetings Outside the Box to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to engage underserved students. With funds from the ASBMB’s Outreach Seed Grant program, TeenMOB held its first outreach event, a science night for Natalia, a rural town 45 minutes outside of San Antonio.

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Get help with 'broader impacts'


If you have submitted a proposal for funding to the National Science Foundation, you are familiar with the term “broader impacts.”  Find out how the National Alliance for Broader Impacts can assist you and your institution.

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Impact by design


Iridescent reaches out to K–12 students in underserved communities. Its flagship program is the Curiosity Machine, an online science-education platform that provides engineering design projects for students to build with the help of mentors who are STEM professionals.

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Analogies for stem cells for public outreach


Paul Knoepfler, an associate professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, offers tips for talking about stem cells with the public. Do you have a set of outreach talking points you'd like to share? Email asbmbtoday@asbmb.org.

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Science to a beat


ASBMB Today intern Maggie Kuo profiles a graduate student who regularly appears on shows like "The View" to inspire the public to embrace and experiment with science.

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Outreach: Casual learning over beers at Nerd Nite


ASBMB Today intern Maggie Kuo attended D.C.'s Nerd Nite and learned how to use math to escape zombies.

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ASBMB grants help UAN chapters do outreach


The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Public Outreach Committee has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote and organize science-outreach activities in communities across the country. The most recent venture was a novel partnership with the ASBMB Undergraduate Affiliate Network, a chapter-based consortium of more than 90 institutions.

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Scientists talking genetics with the public


Joe Tiano, a second-year postdoc at the National Institutes of Health, writes about his experience as a volunteer at the Smithsonian's genome exhibit, which may be coming to a museum near you soon.

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The CAISE for informal science education


The Association of Science and Technology Centers, a Washington, D.C.-based membership organization, is home to the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education, a National Foundation of Science-funded center that houses a repository of informal science-education projects and related professional resources. ASBMB Today's editor, Angela Hopp, talked to two CAISE staffers: James Bell, the project director and a principal investigator, and Kalie Sacco, the program and community manager. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's outreach coordinator, Geoff Hunt, also joined the discussion.

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‘Know your audience’


Lisa Tang, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in botany and plant science, reflects on her experience in UC Riverside's science communication course.

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‘My responsibility’


Shirin Mesbah, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in bioengineering, reflects on her experience in UC Riverside's science communication course.

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‘The importance of personal branding’


Cole Symanski, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in entomology, reflects on his experience in UC Riverside’s science communication course.

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‘This situation is not the politicians’ fault’


Jon Sudduth, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology, reflects on his experience in UC Riverside’s science communication course.

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‘To create a new voice’


Sarah Reinhard, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience, reflects on her experience in UC Riverside’s science communication course.

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Formalizing science communication training for graduate students


Thomas O. Baldwin writes about his two-part course at UC Riverside that instructs and inspires young scientists to tell stories that provoke “meaningful exchange of ideas” with the public.

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Yale Science Diplomats: DIY science outreach


Bryan Leland writes about his experience with the student-run outreach group Yale Science Diplomats and offers advice to others seeking to build their own outreach organizations.

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Bringing science to San Diego


The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting once again will feature a full slate of programming from the Public Outreach Committee. If you are interested in getting involved with outreach or just curious about what outreach is, come check out one of our events.

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Teaching science and social justice


Faculty members at Kalamazoo College and Harvard Medical School are seeking to integrate science’s value-laden historical, social and political context in undergraduate and graduate classrooms by building a Web-based repository of curricula and activities.

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Coming soon to a science center near you: You!


The Portal to the Public Network is a system of 30 (and growing) informal science-education institutions, where scientists connect with members of their communities.

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Transforming spectators into scientists


The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has introduced a unique learning center called Q?rius (pronounced “curious”). Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Q?rius features pieces taken out of scientific labs, collection vaults and creative and hangout spaces, creating an enormous hub for students to learn firsthand key concepts from real staff scientists and experts.

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The Enlightenment Party


Anyone who passed by Guerilla Science’s Enlightenment Party in San Francisco this past September would have had reason to look more than once: Costumed revelers stood sipping drinks served by peasants while a five-foot rat slunk seamlessly among them. The rat and dirty peasants were not just your garden-variety instances of city squalor but silent plague carriers.

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An introduction to the scientific communities on Reddit


Reddit is an Internet link aggregator where people can post links or text posts (called “self-posts”), and then users in the community can comment and up-vote or down-vote the post and comments. Up-voting a post or comment makes it more visible to the rest of the community, allowing Reddit users to decide which content is most relevant.

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‘You hear the screech of rubber hitting the road’


The University of Missouri hosted a regional career symposium focused on science outreach and communication in September. More than 125 people registered for the one-day event, co-sponsored and co-organized by the ASBMB. The vast majority of attendees were graduate students, but postdoctoral fellows, faculty members and science-communication professionals also were present.

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Broadcasting scientists


The social network Google+ has a platform for video broadcasts known as Hangouts on Air. HOAs allow video, with up to 10 presenters, to be broadcast live on the Internet. After the event, the video is archived on YouTube.

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Bringing science to the people


David J. Kroll writes: "At the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, you wouldn’t even have to go outside of your floor to show off your mad skills to the public. With floor-to-ceiling glass walls, comfy bench seating in front of the lab and interactive touch-screen videos playing on the lab glass, visitors to the Southeast’s largest venue of its kind can learn about the scientific process while it happens."

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Rap Genius: science between the lines


Jeremy Dean, the education czar for Rap Genius, writes about the platform, which lets users read and write line-by-line annotations for their favorite rap songs, great works of literature and historical documents. Classic scientific works like Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” have been added to the site’s interactive archive, as have more recent National Institutes of Health reports. The Rap Genius team is working with less accessible texts to engage students and the broader public with scientific research.

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Announcing the ASBMB Public Outreach Website


When it comes to science outreach, one barrier to participation is a lack of information about how to get involved. The irony of this perceived deficit is that there is in fact an (over-)abundance of information available online; however, lacking proper curation, the endless sea of search-engine results can make potential participants feel lost. To ameliorate this problem, the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee, which aims to enhance the ability of ASBMB members to participate in science outreach, has been working to develop an outreach website that aggregates relevant information on existing outreach programs and resources for prospective and active participants.

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ScienceOnline


ASBMB's outreach coordinator, Geoff Hunt, writes about the changing nature of scientific communication and conferences: "With science reporting by the mainstream media fading, science communicators are becoming the sole sources of reliable, accurate scientific information. Luckily, meetings like ScienceOnline are providing the venues for novices to become experts, individuals to become part of a community, and the community as a whole to grow and improve." But, he adds, "Now it is up to rest of the scientific community to come along for the ride."

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Teaching science in the 21st century: as easy as 1, 2, tweet


The Internet has a way of being distracting. The plethora of available information and facile social interactions make staying focused a serious challenge for even the most dedicated professionals, let alone teenagers. But for Nashville-based high-school teacher Adam Taylor, it is exactly those properties that are appealing.

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Undergraduate-driven science outreach


The University of Arizona’s Visiting Scholars Program, established in 2011, sends undergraduates out into Tucson-area high-school biology and chemistry classes to discuss their research projects and talk about university life.

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Science Olympiad and the ASBMB


If you’re visiting a college campus on a Saturday in March, you might be surprised to find it crawling with packs of 12- to 18-year-olds in goggles and lab coats, hurrying from one building to the next. These industrious kids aren’t early college students: They’re team members from Science Olympiad, one of the largest, oldest and most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math after-school programs in the country.

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A Café Scientifique program for teens


How do you capture the attention of teenagers in an age of Facebook, YouTube and iPhones? Given the scientific and technical underpinnings of these 21st century phenomena, it would seem self-evident that science would naturally appeal to teenage minds. Unfortunately, experience shows that teenagers have a limited interest in, and understanding of, the nature of science and the fruits it bears beyond what they learn in school. As scientists and educators, we were motivated to reignite interest in science among teenage audiences by rekindling their curiosity and ability to ask, “Why?” Our solution was to found a science café program for teenagers: Café Scientifique New Mexico.

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ASBMB at Discovery Days at San Francisco’s AT&T Park


AT&T Park hosted Discovery Days on Saturday, Nov. 3, the final event of the 2012 Bay Area Science Festival. ASBMB was there.

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Zombies, beer and family-friendly, sun-filled afternoons


Ben Wiehe, manager of the Science Festival Alliance, reflects on the diverse activities at the 2012 Bay Area Science Festival and offers advice for those considering putting a festival together.

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The kids agree: Camp BlastOff! was a blast


Over the summer, the University of Arizona’s Undergraduate Affiliate Network chapter and biochemistry club hosted their first multidisciplinary BlastOff! Summer Science Camp, which aimed to provide 15 Tucson middle-school students from historically underrepresented ethnic groups and students with limited exposure to science with the opportunity to engage in hands-on scientific experiments.

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The sounds of science


John LaCava, creator of www.soundsofscience.net at The Rockefeller University, writes about his effort to make science mainstream through music. He explains: "I imagined most people unfamiliar with scientific research could digest it better in the form of something they found familiar and palatable, not in an esoteric, high-art embodiment, but through conventional songs that get your foot tapping and hips moving — music that stands alone on its merits, in a popular style, while also integrating science."

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From the lab to the kitchen table: communicating science to a lay audience


The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Public Outreach Committee makes its debut at Experimental Biology 2013 with a wide array of formal and informal session activities designed to get you fired up about taking your science out of the lab and into the streets!

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Service is in our best self-interest


Thomas Baldwin from the the University of California, Riverside, says that university administrators need to take a closer look and seek out scientists truly engaged in service to the larger community.

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Rise and shine for science


For nine years, the University of Missouri has offered Saturday Morning Science as part of its community outreach. ASBMB Today contributor Melody Kroll, a regular attendee, interviews the program’s co-organizers and traces its path to its current-day success.

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Spearheading science-outreach efforts


Columnist and Public Outreach Coordinator Geoff Hunt tells how all ASBMB members can help spread the word and increase science literacy across the country.

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