EXTENDING SCIENCE TO BROADER AUDIENCES
EXCITE! Workshop (KAWSE) http://www.k-state.edu/excite/
Every summer, a multi-day STEM camp is hosted for middle school and high school students on the K-State campus by the Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering (KAWSE). This past summer, Nicole taught an EXCITE! (Exploring Science, Technology, and Engineering) workshop for 9th-12th grade girls allowing students to experience being a Geisbrecht lab member. Through several sessions, students worked in our fly lab to learn basic Drosophila genetics (Drosophila Bootcamp), analyze muscle mutants, and see dissected muscle using our confocal microscope. We plan to continue this module annually, developing the workshop to bring students into our lab and increase hands-on lab activities.
Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP)https://www.k-state.edu/lsamp/
The Geisbrecht lab hosted Aaron Ortiz, a minority student from Garden City Community College as part of the NSF-funded Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP) program. Aaron assisted in the characterization of a muscle protein important for preventing muscle degradation in the fruit fly. Following the completion of his summer research program, Aaron presented on his data at the K-state RiPS forum. He has since transferred to KSU to complete his Biochemistry degree.
UNIVERSITY SCIENCE DAYS
Kansas State Universityhttp://www.k-state.edu/openhouse/
University of Missouri Kansas-City
KCALSI (Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute) Annual Dinner
Dr. Geisbrecht submitted artwork to the KCALSI Annual Dinner this past fall. This silent auction, themed “Science to Art”, features local research groups to fund outreach initiatives in the Kansas City area. As Dr. Geisbrecht and other sciences describe in the video below, images used in their everyday scientific investigations can be used as ‘avenues’ to engage the public with scientists and promote conversations to educate people of all ages. This event is part of a larger movement known as STEAM, integrating creative arts with programs emphasizing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The Geisbrecht lab will continue future submissions and expand our efforts to other biochemistry labs through the use of our imaging equipment. We also hope to create a departmental collection of research images to inspire and educate the K-State campus.
American Heart Association (AHA). http://my.americanheart.org/professional/index.jsp
AHA has been a center of excellence for many years, bringing together scientists, clinicians, and the public to expand research efforts and improve public health knowledge. Two graduate students in the Geisbrecht lab, Bridget Biersmith and Jessica Kawakami, have been recipients of prestigious pre-doctoral fellowships to support their thesis research. AHA not only makes fellowship participant’s research widely available to the larger health community, but also facilitates interactions with lay audiences. Bridget has had multiple opportunities to tell the public about the relevance of basic science approaches and to discuss how simpler model organisms can be used to inform us about larger human health problems.
Johnson Cancer Research Center. http://cancer.k-state.edu
RESEARCH INTEGRATION IN THE K-12 CLASSROOM
NSF GK-12 EIDRoP Fellowship 2014-2015
Junction City High School, Geary Country USD 475
For more Drosophila classroom resources see:
Manchester Fly Facility https://droso4schools.wordpress.com/