BISI Professional Development Panel (Spring 2016)

Scientific Communication: A Career Panel

(This panel was sponsored by the BISI Graduate Program and the Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics)

Dr. Andrea Basche joined UCS in the Food & Environment program. Her research focuses on the potential for agro-ecological farming systems to reduce the risk and costs of increasing drought. In addition to her work on the benefits of ecologically-based farm practices, she helps further UCS research into the links between agriculture and climate. Before coming to UCS, Dr. Basche earned her PhD in sustainable agriculture and crop physiology at Iowa State University. She served as a teaching fellow at Iowa State as part of a National Science Foundation-funded program working with a middle school classroom to implement environmental science-themed activities.

Emily Underwood is a staff writer covering neuroscience at Science. She has a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Science and Technology Studies with a focus in neuroscience from Brown University. Between stints as a backpacking and river guide after college, she got hooked on science writing as an intern at High Country News. She has also interned at EARTH, and loves writing about water and energy resources, anthropology, science policy, environmental science, and biology.

Dr. Ian D. Simon brings expertise in biosecurity, health care policy, STEM education, and international science policy. Before joining STPI, he served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy fellow at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining the State Department, Dr. Simon served as public health and science adviser to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid while on the American Society for Microbiology Congressional Science Fellowship. Dr. Simon began his career as a microbiologist and transitioned to science policy through the Henry Luce Scholarship, which enabled him to conduct international science policy research in South Korea. He earned his BS degree from the University of Maryland, College Park; and his MS degree and PhD in microbiology from Yale University, specializing in AIDS vaccine research and development.

Dr. Gili Marbach-Ad specializes in Science Education, and the implementation of active learning approaches in science courses. As Director of the Teaching and Learning Center through the College of Computer, Math, and Natural Sciences at UMD College Park, she organizes conversations on teaching and learning for faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students (in coordination with the campus Center for Teaching Excellence), shares teaching innovations and discusses pressing issues in undergraduate science education.