Michael Kennedy has been involved in science education and outreach for more than a decade. He co-developed one of Northwestern’s first annual public education events, the Science Outreach Series, geared towards informing citizens of developments in the life sciences. Kennedy also started the Science in Society e-magazine, Helix, a broad web-based educational resource designed to communicate advances in science and their impact on society. In 2008, Kennedy co-founded Science Club, a mentor-based afterschool science initiative, developed in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and teachers in Chicago Public Schools. The program is supported by a five-year, $1.4 million award from the National Institutes of Health. Science Club received the 2013 STEM Impact Award from the Afterschool Alliance and Noyce Foundation, one of only two programs nationally to be recognized for excellence in afterschool education. The success and growth of Science Club and the Science in Society e-magazine led to the establishment of a new research center for science education and public engagement at Northwestern under the Science in Society name, of which Kennedy serves as founding director.