Behavioral & Biomedical Sciences and Cell & Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering T32's Team Up to Present Emily Calandrelli at Annual Symposium

The Behavorial & Biomedical Sciences and the Cell & Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering T32's recently hosted a joint symposium at the Erickson Alumni Center. The event's theme was communication of science and featured student poster presentations, professional development workshops, and panel discussions around the topic.

The keynote speaker was none other than WVU alumna and public figure, engineer Emily Calandrelli. Emily formerly worked for MIT, but now is the host and executive producer of Xploration Outer Space and Emily's Wonder Lab, a favorite among children.

Student Kathryn Blethen was on the planning committee for the event and was thrilled at the turnout and excited to discuss the topic. She said, 'The selected topic of "Science Communication: Effectively Communicating Research and Increasing Science Literacy' felt important post-pandemic due to the rapid spread of misinformation and the public distrust in scientists. It is our responsibility as scientists to improve accessibility and inclusivity because effective science communication benefits everyone. It was an honor to serve on the planning committee and moderate the fantastic discussion panel with Emily Calandrelli, Dr. Danielle Davidov, Dr. Catherine Gouge, and Dr. Dan Totzkay."

Single training programs often hold their own symposiums, but this broader topic in science was relatable at an interdisciplinary level. All of the T32 training programs will continue to host and partner on a variety of events that focus on training, professional development and and cross-disciplinary topics.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) T32 program (T32 GM133369)

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