Meet your local organizers! These folks are working hard to bring ATL an amazing ComSciCon experience, while pursuing their own #scicomm hustle (as well as everything else that comes with grad school).
Laura is a 4th year PhD student and National Science Foundation Fellow in Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a member of Dr. Ching-Hua Huang’s lab. Laura works with Georgia Tech’s Center for Teaching and Learning as a Teaching Fellow and volunteers with the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) and Women in Engineering program. She also runs Populy Voting Systems, a startup dedicated to streamlining STEM competitions through electronic scoring.
Carleen is a 5th Year PhD student in the Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a member of Dr. Eric Sorscher’s lab, and an HHMI Med-into-Grad fellow. Carleen has designed and produced communication pieces such as the traveling Re:Memory Science Meets Art exhibit and the Visualizing Biology Workshop. She volunteers at schools and museums through the Physiology Understanding (PhUn) and Brain Awareness Week (BAW) programs and is currently developing further tools to train other graduate students and faculty to visualize molecular entities of interest to enhance the experimental design process.
Kellie Vinal, Ph.D.
Kellie is a 2016 Ph.D. graduate from the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics program at Emory University. She attended the national ComSciCon conference in June 2016. Kellie is the producer of the The Story Collider in Atlanta, festival coordinator for the Atlanta Science Festival, maker mentor for STE(A)M Truck, tour guide at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, and former co-host of the Blue Streak Science podcast.
Anzar is a 4th year PhD student in the Neuroscience Program at Emory University and a member of Dr. Shella Keilholz’s lab. He attended the national ComSciCon conference in June 2017. Anzar is writer and host of an upcoming popular science video series produced by Georgia Public Broadcasting called Physics in Motion. He was a AAAS Mass Media Fellow in 2015, through which he worked with Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators to communicate their research to the public.