Speaking

I have experience creating and presenting both engaging and accessible scientific content to a wide range of audiences. This includes presenting to children and the general public all the way up to experts, with audience sizes spanning four to over four hundred.

I have also spoken on many different stages to present an array of different topics such as nanotechnology, quantum mechanics, neuroscience, and product pitches.

A full list of recent talks and awards can be found in my CV.

Here is a short video of a presentation from the University of Alberta 2019 Science Talks Alumni event. A colleague (Dr. Taleana Huff) and I were invited to speak about nanotechnology and “Getting More From Less”:

Outreach

I have both started and been involved with a number of outreach projects to help promote scientific communication and literacy. I have also provided scientific consultation for projects such as the popular book “The Science of Why?”, for the chapter “How many times can you fold a piece of paper?”, where I provided insight into folding a one atom thick page of graphene.

My current outreach projects involve introducing children aged 4-7 to important scientific concepts through fun and engaging stories, and explaining nanoscience to the public in 90 seconds of video! I was also a co-organizer of the recent ConSciCon-CanWest 2020 science communication workshop.

Ninety seconds of Nanoscience

On Twitter I have taken part in the Global Science Show on several occasions to explain fun nanoscience topics in 90 seconds:

Fluorescence, Phosphorescence, and Gin!

This video was mentioned in a C&EN article about science at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Magnets, How Do They Work?!
Pressure, Volume, and Explosions!
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and Liquid Nitrogen!

Research materials (multimedia)

Here are some materials that I have made to accompany press releases and to make research papers more accessible to a general audience:


This poster was made for the campus wide 2019 “Show and Tell: A Student Research Celebration.” The poster and associated talk won first place in the Graduate competition.