Guise, E., O'Brien, S. 2016. The ecologically relevant effects of trenbolone on Gambusia holbrooki. The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting. Portland, OR.
The Society of Integrative Biology Annual Meeting (visit 2)
The Radford Amazonian Research Expedition Segment
As a follow-up from my Amazonian Study Abroad, I presented my research on medicinal plants at the 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Forum. The segment of the program was specifically set up for research done during the Radford Amazonian Research Expedition. Many of the attendees were students interested in participating in the next cohort. It was fun to talk about the trip and try to get others excited about it too, especially non-science majors.
The DANGER of Plastics!!!
Okay. So. Several of us got together and made a SUPER HERO video about the danger of plastics to show at the Radford University Scholarly Outreach and Research Education (ScORE) film festival. It was a lot of fun but too embarrassing to just post here. It was so much fun to see all the videos that people made to show their science! My good buddy Dan Metz has some great videos too. I'll link to that. Below is a short video by Will Dowd at Radford University's own Selu conservancy.
As March is Women's History month, Radford University hosted a special Women in Science presentation and panel that discussed the challenges women face as we take on STEM careers. I was invited to be part of the student panel.
Hearing other women's stories and challenges and solutions was a very inspiring experience. It was very positive and constructive to not only discuss challenges, but also solutions. I feel it was also a great opportunity to expand my support network of other women in science who have already navigated the field.
Presenting at Radford University for the second time was absolutely great, especially after presenting at the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum the previous fall on the same project. A few of the same audience members were in attendance and were able to see the experiment in a nice before and after. It really offered a nice perspective on the project as well.
Also, they didn't have a laser pointer so I just hopped up on stage!
24th Annual Student Engagement Forum (SEF), 2015. By the Radford University Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship
This past fall as part of the Ecophysiology Club, I attended the Virginia Science Festivals in Blacksburg, VA and Roanoke, VA with the hopes of inspiring young scientists. Our table outlined one of the research projects taking place at Radford University using royal jelly on Madagascar hissing cockroaches. It was a great deal of fun showing the kids the roaches and the science behind what we were doing. It was also great practice to explain things in a way they could not only understand but enjoy. It was the first year of hopefully many that RU will be attending the VA Science festival.
As a kid I was always interested in science, but often felt that concepts were oversimplified or never explained. Going to the Science and History Museum growing up was always fun and hands on, and though I remember many of the activities, I never understood how they worked. So coming into the Science Festival, I made it my personal goal to try and not only show the kids cool bugs, but to also share some of the science (I admit the roaches were a good hook). I found it most difficult to not only simplify the concepts, but to say it in a concise enough way that you kept the children's attention. There was a lot of stimulus and it was easy for the kids to jump from one presentation to another, so we had to grab them quick.
Scholar's Day is an event hosted by Radford University for the top percentage of accepted students. I was an invited speaker and panelist to display some of the High Impact Practices taking place at Radford University.
It was an honor to be asked to speak about my research and SCI involvement. It was a great opportunity to show up-and-coming students what research is, how to get involved, and what can be achieved during their time as undergraduates. I think a huge barrier to students getting involved in research as undergraduates is not even knowing such a thing exists!
Traveling to SICB in West Palm Beach, FL in January was great! It was the first conference I'd even been to and also my first research poster presentation. The weather was a nice relief from the cold of Virginia; I even swam in the ocean!
I presented my poster: Trouble with Trenbolone? Examining the influences of a common runoff pollutant on Gambusia holbrooki development and behavior. It was an excellent experience and I met so many amazing students and faculty.
Going to the conference I wish that there were multiple of me. There were so many talks I still wish I could've gone to but didn't have time. I learned so much and was shown so many different point of views and approaches to research. It was exciting.
Read more about my SICB experience and reflection here.
Presenting at the Summer Undergraduate Research Celebration was a great opportunity. I was presenting to a blend of students and faculty from many disciplines, and some people from the general public. It was a little intimidating presenting to some of the professors, but it was my first research related presentation, and I think it went well. My abstract for this project has been accepted for the 2015 Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Conference this January.
Working at the Christiansburg Women and Minorities Health fair was a very insightful experience. While there, we were able to connect with people and inform them about endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). We found that most attendees had heard of BPA, but had no idea why it was bad or how to avoid it. We were there to form that bridge between the science of EDCs and the regular household. I feel that we were really able to reach families that otherwise would never have known about EDCs and their potential effects. We were also met with attendees with some unconventional beliefs about EDCs, which gave us some insight into the importance of public outreach. It was very rewarding, and I plan to continue to reach the public in ways similar to this for the rest of my life.