ComSciCon-Chicago 2022

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ComSciCon-Chicago is back in fall 2022 for our annual conference! 

Join us in-person on September 17th-18th at the Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation, University of Chicago, 1155 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637.

ComSciCon-Chicago is a workshop designed to empower graduate students to communicate complex concepts arising in science, engineering, and other technical fields to diverse audiences. Attendees will interact with and learn from fellow graduate student leaders in science communication, expert journalists, communication researchers, and scientists. Attendees will also produce and receive expert input on original pieces of non-technical writing.

We encourage you to follow us on Instagram (@chicagocomscicon) and Twitter (@chicagosci) for updates. For more information or questions, please contact chicago@comscicon.org.

ComSciCon-Chicago 2022 is organized by graduate students from Northwestern University and Rush University.

ComSciCon-Chicago 2022 is organized by:

Christina Nowicki
Rush University
PhD in Integrative Biomedical Science

Christina NowickiChristina is a Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Biomedical Sciences at Rush University. With a background in microbiology, her research in Dr. Ece Mutlu's lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago focuses on how the gut microbiome impacts hormone metabolism in postmenopausal women, as it relates to breast cancer. Christina also volunteers for a variety of science communication and science writing projects, including writing for Lifeology and The Bio Girls, as well as illustrating for Scientists Against Fake News. In her free time, you can find Christina whipping it up in the kitchen, crushing it at Stardew Valley, tending her plant army or making silly faces at her dog, Sunny. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or at her personal website.
 

Laura Tran
Rush University
PhD in Integrative Biomedical Sciences

Laura TranLaura Tran is a Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Biomedical Sciences at Rush University. Her research focuses on the impact of circadian disruption (through food timing) on gut barrier function to alcohol. Outside the lab, Laura is engaged in science communication through the Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST), where she writes blog posts, illustrates for videos, and even designs scientific merch! In her free time, you can find Laura snapping pictures with her trusty 35mm film camera, plugging into her gaming desktop (Overwatch2 beta, anyone?), or amassing her own personal jungle of houseplants. You can find her on LinkedIn and read her work on C2ST's site.
 

Jackson Watkins
Northwestern University
PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Jackson WatkinsJackson is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University. His research is concerned with microbes that live in extreme or unlikely environments, how they survive, and what roles they play in these complex ecosystems. Jackson has been involved in a number of science communication projects centering music, podcasting and zine-making as well as AGU’s Voices for Science program. In his free-time he makes music in a few touring bands, books and runs local shows, and aids in a number of community projects such as Chicago Community Jail Support and Rogers Park Food Not Bombs. You can find Jackson on Twitter and Instagram.


 

Bailey Nash
Northwestern University
PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Bailey c nashBailey is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University. Her research uses sedimentary proxies to reconstruct past climate in Arctic regions, with the ultimate goal of gaining a better understanding of current and future impacts of modern climate change. Outside of her research, Bailey is involved in a number of projects seeking to make science more equitable through community-oriented science communication and direct collaboration with the communities we work in or with. In her free time, Bailey enjoys preparing and sharing food with loved ones and exploring her beautiful city on bike. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

Kaća Savatic
Northwestern University
PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Kaca savaticKaća is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University. Her research aims to reconstruct ancient paleoclimates, specifically oceanic environments during times when the bottom waters lacked oxygen. This is done through both field and lab work, and she’s really concerned with trying to understand why this happens. Kaća enjoys working with younger humans in scientific outreach events, ranging from elementary-aged, to more recently, working with high schoolers. In her free time, she likes to be active through playing volleyball and soccer or [attempting] to play fetch with her dog, Ringo Starr. You can find Kaća on Instagram, LinkedIn, or through her personal website.


 

Delia Alkhatib
Rush University
MS in Integrative Biomedical Sciences

Delia Alkhatib

Delia Alkhatib is a M.Sc. student of Integrative Biomedical Sciences at Rush University. Her research focuses on determining the contribution of Wnt signaling on the periodontal pathologies associated with X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH) at Dr. Ryan Ross lab, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Rush University. Outside the lab, Delia is engaged in science communication through ComSciCon as chair of Design and Logistics, also she's chair of Liaison TEDxRushU, chair of Professional Development of RMA at Rush University, and even she designs scientific cartoon lab guidebooks! In her free time, Delia sketches cartoon paintings, sews, cooks and bakes, designs healthy cooking and baking recipes, writes short stories and poems, or volunteer in social activities and theater acting. Also, she likes to play chess and takes care of her plants too! You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Darbaz Adnan
Rush University
MS in Integrative Biomedical Sciences

darbaz adnan

Darbaz Adnan is a Master’s Candidate in the Integrative Biomedical Sciences—Cancer Track at Rush University. After graduating from a medical school in Iraq, Darbaz came to the United States for higher training and research opportunities. Over the past three years, he has worked as a researcher at Rush's center for Integrated Microbiome and Chronobiology and has been actively involved in GI disease research initiatives. His current research looks at how lifestyle choices affect colon and pancreatic cancers.

Darbaz has co-authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national conferences. He received the Presidential Poster Award at the conference of the American College of Gastroenterology for delivering his abstract on the impact of COVID-19 disease on the gastrointestinal tract. He believes that it won't matter how much he learns in his research if he doesn't employ efficient means to spread the information. This prompted him to help organize Chicago's ComSciCon workshops to learn how to communicate effectively and to assist other graduate students in learning about science communication.