About

Graduate students in the sciences at the University of Washington receive training in cutting edge research, but rarely in how to explain their research to non-specialists. Engage is an organization of graduate students in scientific disciplines that is addressing this need.

The purposes of Engage are:

  • To assist graduate students with developing skills in communicating with the public about science
  • To provide opportunities for graduate students to present their area of research to the public
  • To promote public awareness of scientific research conducted by graduate students at UW

We teach a seminar course for graduate students during the fall or winter quarter, then present a speaker series for the public in the winter and spring.

What Others Have Written

Science students learn to tell stories The Seattle Times (Mar. 2013)

UW Science Now kicks off at Town Hall tonight UW Today News Digest (Mar. 2013)

Crafting the Story Behind the Science A&S Perspectives Newsletter (Jan. 2011 )

Designing a Practical Science Communication Curriculum The Intersection at Discover Blogs (Oct. 2010)

Engage Speaker Series: Where science meets storytelling UW Today (Mar. 2010)

The Directors

Adam Campbell, Manager
Department of Earth and Space Sciences, College of the Environment

Megan Gambs, Vice Manager
School of Oceanography, College of the Environment

Shelley Chestler, Instructor, Social Chair
Department of Earth and Space Sciences, College of the Environment

Juliana Houghton, Advisory Instructor, Historian/Scribe, Future/Vision Chair
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, College of the Environment

Jessica Rohde, Tech Manager
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, College of the Environment

Sharon Greenblum, Junior Tech Manager
Department of Genome Sciences, School of Medicine

Emily Davis, Historian/Scribe, Future/Vision Chair, Junior Retreat Coordinator
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, College of the Environment

Michelle Weirathmueller, Social Media Co-Coordinator
Department of Oceanography, College of the Environment

Megan Cartwright, Future/Vision Chair
Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Jaki Braggin, Future/Vision Chair
Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine

Natalie Footen, Social Media Co-Coordinator
School of Environmental and Forest Resources, College of the Environment

Megan Smith, Social Media Co-Coordinator, Retreat Coordinator
Department of Earth and Space Sciences, College of the Environment

Community Advisors

Dr. Toby Smith, Faculty Support
Sr. Lecturer, Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Liz Neely, Advisor
Assistant director of COMPASS; School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science, University of Washington

Previous Organizers

Ivan Fernando Gonzalez, Data Miner, Co-Historian, Co-Media Guru, Co-Social Spokesperson
Science Communicator, ScienceSalsa.com

Rachel Mitchell*, Ambassador
School of Forest Resources, College of the Environment

Ty Robinson, Senior Manager, Co-Scribe
Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Erik Budsberg, Co-Venue Liason
School of Environmental and Forest Resources, University of Washington

Melissa Clarkson, Blogger, Co-Social Spokesperson
Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics, School of Medicine

Jonathan Cheng, VP Presentations
Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering / School of Medicine

Eric Hilton*, Co-director
University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy and the Department of Geology and Geophysics

Cliff Johnson*, Treasurer
Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Jens von der Linden,  Secretary
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of Engineering

Phil Rosenfield*, Co-director
Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Julie Shi, Co-director
Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering / School of Medicine

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