This week we are spotlighting Center Affiliate Dr. Brooke Crowley! As an Associate Professor in the Departments of Geology and Anthropology here at UC, Dr. Crowley investigates ecological interactions among living and recently extinct animals (including humans) using stable isotope biogeochemistry. Dr. Crowley also engages in various public-facing activities that connect directly to our Cincinnati community. Last Fall, she appeared in a Science Around Cincy video. Science Around Cincy, another Center partner, is a great way to connect kids (and adults!) in the area to local scientific endeavors. In that video Dr. Crowley talked about being a “chemistry detective,” studying the past and present animal life of Madagascar. Also in the Fall, Dr. Crowley was interviewed by Cincinnati Public radio about her work tracking jaguars in Belize. In addition, she took part in one of the Science and Nature talks on climate change, co-sponsored by the Center, at the Mercantile Library. Dr. Crowley has a lot of public engagement coming up as well including a presentation on bones at the EICK Global STEM Academy, a climate change talk at the semi-annual Friends of Big Bone meeting, and participating in the redesign of the Ice Age exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center. To keep up with all of Dr. Crowley’s activities check out her website at http://www.agoraphotia.com/.
This week the Public Engagement with Science class was visited by Dr. Steve Depoe and Dr. John Lynch from the Communication Department and Chris Anderson, the host of Science Around Cincy. The panelists talked with students about social media and science engagement, creating science videos, talking with journalists about your science, and how to connect with audiences! The students have also developed engaging 5-minute research talks that they tried out on each other and recorded on video. Thank you to the panelists and all the student participants!