Invited Organizations

In addition to the attendee presentations at the poster session, we invited a variety of Cambridge-area, student-led science outreach initiatives to join us at the session.

Harvard Science in the News

Science in the News (SITN) is a graduate student group at Harvard that bridges the gap between scientific researchers and non-scientists by providing accurate, accessible scientific information to the public. Our programs include year-round public seminars, science cafes, science articles, and school outreach.

All SITN material and programs are written, presented, and organized by graduate students. When writing articles or giving seminars, members of SITN hone their communication skills by working with editors and experienced presenters.

The Journal of Emerging Investigators (Sarah Fankhauser, Nicole Neubarth, Rebecca Reh, Amy Rohlfing)

Publishing middle and high school students original research

The Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI) is an open-access journal, launched in 2011, that publishes original research articles written by middle and high school students. JEI provides students the opportunity to submit and gain feedback on their research and to publish their findings in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Through this medium, we hope to encourage and recognize the teaching of science through experimentation, as well as illuminate the science writing and publishing process. We also provide young scientists the unique opportunity to communicate their research to a wider audience and to begin to develop their science communication skills at an earlier stage in their education. JEI also provides the opportunity for graduate students to participate in the editorial, review, and publication process, and mentor young scientists. In addition to running the journal, JEI runs workshops for high school students and teachers on the scientific writing and review processes. Our hope is that JEI will serve as an exciting new forum to engage young students in a novel kind of science education that nurtures the development and achievements of young scientists throughout the country.

MIT Science Policy Initiative

The MIT Science Policy Initiative (SPI) is changing how scientists and engineers at MIT engage with policy-makers and the public. We educate scientists and engineers in the policies governing science research and innovation, explore how science and engineering can inform policy decisions, and support and facilitate direct engagement in the science policy arena for MIT students and researchers.In support of these aims, we organize programs to engage the MIT community, from casual lunches with visiting or local science policy luminaries to more involved opportunities such as visits of federal agencies related to science or science advocacy in Washington, D.C.Recently, we have begun work with other academic institutions to implement similar groups at universities across the country, and are interested in expanding our scope internationally as well.We believe the model of a student-driven organization whose mission is to educate the broader academic community on issues of science policy fosters a useful dialogue between students in science policy programs and students in science and engineering fields, which in turn enriches both fields of study.

Radiolab's Latif Nasser

Over the last two years, I've mined obscure historical minutiae from my day job - as a PhD student in Harvard's History of Science department - and refined it for use in my alternate life as an occasional contributor to NPR's Radiolab. But smelting a historical mess into a shining nugget of public radio is more complicated than it sounds. For every dozen or so stories that I pitch, only one makes it onto the blog, podcast or radio-waves. I'd be happy to chat about how I started contributing, and the few lessons I've learnt along the way.