The Center for Science and Society is pleased to award its first cycle of public outreach grants. These grants fund projects that have one or more of the following aims:
Help boost public understanding of societal concerns surrounding science, technology, or medicine;
Teach K-12 students about current issues in science and society; or
Work with communities to respond to issues that affect or are affected by science.
Public outreach grants were open to all full-time employees and students at Columbia University, Teachers College, and Barnard College, including faculty, postdocs, researchers, and administrators. Out of the many qualified applications, the following four projects have been selected for funding:
Formerly Incarcerated Reintegration Science Training (FIRST) Program led byChristopher Medina-Kirchner (PhD Student in Psychology). The program trains formerly incarcerated students in conducting scientific research that addresses social justice issues. Read our feature article about Christopher's project.
Colorant Sustainability Workshop led by Naomi Rosenkranz(Project Manager, Making and Knowing Project) and Sumeyye Yar (Science Outreach Coordinator, Genspace). Workshops teach the public about the history and chemistry of natural dyes through hands-on experiments.