2021 Public Outreach Grants

Recipients

  • Student organizers:
    • Roi Ankori-Karlinsky (Graduate Student; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology)
    • Jazlynn Hall (Graduate Student; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology)
    • Alexandra Huddell (Graduate Student; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology)
    • Amanda Johnston (Graduate Student; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology)
    • Pallavi Kache (Graduate Student; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology)
    • Jared Meek (Graduate Student; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology)
    • Aria Pereira (Graduate Student; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology)
    • Jay Schoen (Graduate Student; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology)
    • Stefanie Siller (Graduate Student; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology)
  • Faculty collaborators:
    • Benjamin Bostick (Associate Research Professor; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)
    • Bob Newton (Senior Research Scientist; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)
    • Matt Palmer (Senior Lecturer; Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology)

Description

  • Working with the Secondary School Field Research Program at Columbia University, this pilot program will provide opportunities to learn about environmental issues through a community-based perspective.
  • Local high school students from the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, who have created the Clean Air Green Corridors project, will conduct fieldwork in Inwood Park guided by Columbia University graduate and undergraduate students
  • Both the high school and undergraduate students will receive financial support, making the program viable for students regardless of their economic situation.

Recipients

Description

  • Funds will support a series of educational videos and podcasts that will accompany the recipients' chamber opera "Southern Crossings." 
  • Both the opera and the series consider the complex relationship between scientific revolutions in astronomy and evolution and the 19th-century movements for abolition and emancipation. 
  • The series will feature conversations between the creative artists engaged in the opera and scientists, historians of science, and critical race theorists. Discussions will demonstrate how this history still relevant today, during a time when global challenges such as the climate crisis demand an engagement between science and ethics.

Recipients

  • Leslie Sibener (Graduate Student; Department of Neurobiology and Behavior)
  • Ashlea Morgan (Graduate Student; Department of Neurobiology and Behavior)
  • Michelle Stackmann (Graduate Student; Department of Neurobiology and Behavior)
  • Giulia Zanni (Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Department of Psychiatry)

Description

  • Scientist on the Subway is a blog dedicated to telling the personal stories of scientists inside and outside of the university setting, highlighting their challenges, triumphs, and multifaceted identities. These stories dispel the myth of what a scientist should look like and help build an honest, public representation of science and scientists. 
  • The project will organize a group of Columbia-based volunteer writers, who will develop the profiles of 52 scientists (one per week) over the next year. 
  • Funds will also be used to host a two-day science communication writing workshop for the blog's volunteer writers.