21ST Century Scientists Working Group

April 25th 2016

Doing the work of broadening participation in science: Dr. Lee’s Public keynote

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April 7th 2016

Meet Our Speakers: Dr. Jerrod Henderson and Ricky Greer

Presentation Title: Programs that engage underrepresented K-12 students in STEM

Dr. Jerrod Henderson

Dr. Jerrod Henderson is Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Henderson co-founded the St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy.

In this presentation we highlight our experience developing programs aimed at exposing underrepresented k-12 students to STEM. We will describe the components of an innovative intervention strategy, St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy. We will also discuss the success this program has had providing STEM faculty with opportunities to engage in outreach. We plan to discuss the impact programs have had on youth and their families.

 

Ricky Greer

Ricky Greer graduated from Tuskegee University in 2010 with a bachelor’s in History. He is currently the k-12 outreach coordinator in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois. He enjoys mentoring the youth of Champaign-Urbana.  As a mentor, he teaches academic awareness, academic excellence and the development of leadership skills. He is a devoted volunteer in the community, volunteering for organizations such as Empty tomb, Champaign Park District and countless homeless centers. Mr. Greer is also the president of the A&O Development Corporation a faith based non-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide supportive services, educational programs, and workforce preparation to low income individuals and families in the Champaign-Urbana area. Ricky believes that anything is possible if you have faith and work hard to obtain your dreams. He believes that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  said it best, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Read more about our 21st Century Scientists Workshop speakers here:

Dr. Danielle Lee

Danielle Ruffatto

Diana Yates

April 7th 2016

Meet Our Speakers: Diana Yates

Diana Yates

Presentation Title: News stories, a discussion

Diana Yates is life sciences editor for the U. of I. News Bureau, a position she’s held since late 2006. She has a background in science and science reporting and believes that journalistic principles should guide the efforts of all who write about science for a general audience.

 

Read more about our 21st Century Scientists Workshop speakers here:

Dr. Danielle Lee

Danielle Ruffatto

Dr. Jerrod Henderson

 

 

April 7th 2016

Meet Our Speakers: Danielle Ruffatto

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Workshop Title: Make your data point: maximizing clarity with data visualization
Danielle Ruffatto is a graphic designer and illustrator at the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), a division of the Prairie Research Institute. Danielle earned her BS in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of St. Francis and her MS in Botany from the University of Illinois. Like you, she has spent a lot of time pondering the question, “How do I display all this data?!” During her three years at the INHS, she has helped scientists do precisely that: present their data in understandable and meaningful ways.

 

Read more about our 21st Century Scientists Workshop speakers here:

Dr. Danielle Lee

Diana Yates

Dr. Jerrod Henderson

April 7th 2016

Meet our speakers: Dr. Danielle Lee

Ddanielle_leer. Danielle N. Lee is a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University, TED fellow, and world-renowned scientist communicator. Dr. Lee will give a research talk on April 28. At the 21st Century Scientist Workshop, Dr. Lee will lead a workshop and give the keynote presentation.

Research talk, Thursday, April 28
Title: African giant pouched rats as a new behavioral model: examination of natural history, reproductive biology, and individual behavioral differences

21sci workshop, Friday, April 29
9-10:30 Workshop
Building a personal bridge: connecting your science to your communities
Workshop description: Dr. Lee will discuss her own path from her science to the communities with which she identifies. She will help workshop participants brainstorm and own their identities outside of science, and use those identities to motivate their science outreach work. Workshop participants will leave this session with a sense of their mission, a realistic idea of the constraints they face, the medium that best suits their message, and an action plan to implement future outreach and communication work.

3pm Keynote, public talk
Doing the work of broadening participation in science
Talk description: Dr. Lee will discuss her own personal and academic trajectory that landed her in the world of pouched rats, and what it taught her about doing the work of bringing more underrepresented minorities into STEM. She will share her perspective and answer questions about how to actively, not passively, create an anti-discrimination, inclusive environment for scientists to recruit and retain scientists of color.

 

Read more about our 21st Century Scientists Workshop speakers here:

Danielle Ruffatto

Diana Yates

Dr. Jerrod Henderson