Congressional Visit Day
In September 2018, I participated in a Geo Congressional Visit Day (CVD), sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). As part of the CVD, I had the opportunity to meet with staff from the congressional offices of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts delegations to discuss the importance of science funding, natural disaster preparedness, and STEM education.
Research as Art
The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is a big institute with lots of people doing exciting science on a very wide range of topics in the Earth Sciences. To help our community learn about the broad range of science taking place here, we have started an annual gallery-style exhibit called Research as Art. Every year, we invite members of the community to submit artistic figures from their work with a non-technical caption to be displayed in the exhibit. This setting allows the broad range of Lamont scientists as well as members of the general public to learn about active research being done here in an engaging and easily accessible way.
Girls’ Science Day
Girls Science Day (GSD) is an event hosted by Women in Science at Columbia (WISC) in which middle school girls from the New York City area come to Columbia University to learn about a range of scientific fields in an interactive way. Graduate students from many of the STEM departments at Columbia come together to run hands-on experiments. I was a co-chair of GSD from 2013 to 2015 and continued to volunteer for this event as an experiment leader throughout graduate school, teaching students about earthquake processes. Through my time participating in this program, we were able to grow GSD and have been able to welcome ~170 girls to the event in recent years.
Sounds of Seismology
The Seismic Sound Lab at Lamont has developed a great audio and visualization presentation explaining seismology (from earthquake phenomenology to how we use seismic waves to image earth structure) for students of all ages visiting LDEO. I have helped to give these presentations and have loved the opportunity to use this tool to explain seismology to budding scientists! This is a smaller scale version of the bigger SeismoDome presentations that take place in the Hayden Planetarium at the American Natural History Museum in New York.
You can watch and listen to these videos from the comfort of your very own computer by visiting the Seismic Sound Lab's vimeo page.