AAS recognized by ASBMB for public engagement

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology recognizes Ask a Scientist for “training science students in public engagement.”

In a recent article from the communications team for ASBMB concerning career advise and training, Ask A Scientist received recognition for community-based and campus-oriented science engagement.

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BOO! at the Zoo

BOO! at the Zoo is a family-friendly event in which children ages preschool through elementary school can dress up and trick or treat alongside their favorite exotic animals at Zoo Knoxville. The dates are October 12-15, October 19-22, and October 26-29 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The fee is $9 per person, and children 4 years and under are free.  Be sure to check out the science experiments and demonstrations with the Ask A Scientist at UTK members.

Ask A Scientist Receives Shout-out from UC Berkeley Student Group CLEAR

Earlier this summer in June, Ask A Scientist received a shoutout from the UC Global Food Initiative-funded student group CLEAR (Communication, Literacy, and Education in Agricultural Research) in UC Berkeley’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. A guest blog post from Tim Jeffers (University of California, Berkeley) on ASPB’s Plant Science Today wrote about the Berkeley Farmer’s Market and said that they were inspired by Ask A Scientist’s method of filling out a question card and receiving a thoughtful response. We are humbled to have an impact on other community outreach events held by different universities across the country. Go Science!

You may read the article here.

Board Member Promotions

Recently at Ask A Scientist, our hardworking and involved team has been discovering new ways to spread science awareness and improve the organization.

We have elevated Guin Shaw to the Ask A Scientist board as our new Director of Development. Guin is an Energy Science and Engineering Ph.D. candidate and is currently researching materials for future fusion reactors. She was formerly an NCAA women’s varsity rower, but currently she is training for her first Ironman! She is also a strong advocate for STEAM communication and education. She recognizes that without good teachers and mentors throughout her life she wouldn’t be where she is today. This has inspired her to become a leader in STEAM field and to guide next generation.

Additionally, Jessica Velez, previously our National Outreach Coordinator, has been promoted to Director of Development. She will continue to be in charge of outreach coordination and network on behalf of Ask A Scientist. Her main focus is to develop our non-profit organization into a national community focused on local community outreach. She is very excited about her role and is looking forward to growing the Ask A Scientist organization.

Congratulations to these two women for their board member promotions! We appreciate your passion and devotion to the organization and we are excited for what the future holds for Ask A Scientist.