Scroll down to find previous STEMAP public engagement activities organized by field of study.
- Anthropologist Michael Zaccheo visited secure youth facilities to discuss how humans make decisions and perceive risk. He illustrated variation in risk perception by playing a game of chance with the students.
- A zooarchaeologist brought animal bones to a youth in custody facility. Students completed an activity where they identified the animal’s habitat based on its bone and teeth structure.
- An anthropologist discussed diet in early humans with inmates in a horticulture training program. The anthropologist worked with the inmates to create recipe cards for distribution at the local farmer’s market that incorporated science content about the produce grown in the Jail’s garden.
Cell and Molecular Biology
- Plant biologist David Parrott set up a table in a common area of a local senior living center to share plant themed puzzles and informational material.
- Plant biologist David Parrott gave a presentation on his research to inmates at the Draper State Prison, which led to discussions and question/answer interactions.
- Neuroscientist Shrinivasan Raghuraman visited a senior living center where he discussed the history of neuroscience research.
- Neuroscientist Shrinivasan Raghuraman visited local senior centers where he discussed medical treatments developed from neuroscience research.
- A neuroscientist visited a youth in custody facility where he described careers in science and had students use microscopes to practice making their own scientific observations.
- A neuroscientist spoke with inmates at the Salt Lake County Jail and Draper State Prison about new medical treatments being developed from cone snail venom.
- A neuroscientist discussed his career path and research on cone snails with youth in secure care centers.
- Neuroscientist Ariadne Penalva visited a local senior center to discuss brain health and aging.
- Director of the University’s electron microscope lab, David Belnap, gave a lab tour to incoming college freshmen with refugee backgrounds.
- Virologist David Belnap partnered with an artist to design coloring pages based on 3-D computer models of virus structure. He shared a prototype of the book with youth at a residential treatment center and incorporated their input.
- Biologist Gabrielle Kardon invited families affected by congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) into her lab to learn about ongoing research to better understand this condition.
City and Metropolitan Planning
- Urban planner Pratiti Tagore discussed water conservation practices and the role of landscaping in conserving water with inmates in a horticulture training program at the Salt Lake County Jail
- Urban planner Pratiti Tagore discussed water quality and conservation with students at a residential treatment center for adolescent girls. Students participated in a hands-on activity demonstrating how pollution travels through waterways.
- An engineer partnered with an anthropologist and neuroscientist to deliver an interdisciplinary presentation on food production and healthy eating to inmates in a horticulture training program at the Salt Lake County Jail. They developed recipe cards incorporating scientific information about produce grown in the Jail’s garden.
- Civil engineer Carly Hansen discussed water resource management at a senior living center.
- Civil engineer Carly Hansen discussed career paths in engineering during a breakout session at a college readiness conference for refugee youth.
- Mechanical engineer Marc Calaf visited a local senior center to discuss his research on wind energy.
- Mechanical engineer Marc Calaf gave a lab tour to incoming college freshmen with refugee backgrounds.
- Electrical Engineer Tom Becnel discussed his work developing a more efficient air quality monitoring device with citizens at a local community council meeting. He shared how participants can contribute to a citizen science project by installing air quality devices at their homes.
- Metallurgical engineer Krista Carlson discussed her career path and research on glass with students at several secure youth facilities. She has since received additional funding to continue working with youth in custody.
- Metallurgical engineer Krista Carlson shared her research on glass and her glass blowing hobby with inmates at the Draper State Prison.
Environmental and Organismal Biology
- Bird biologist JJ Horns provided bird identification training to Splore guides and created informational cards for guides to reference on future activities.
- Bird biologist JJ Horns tabled at a local plant sale and shared materials on bird friendly plants, including posters and a bird-friendly shopping list.
- Bird biologist JJ Horns visited inmates in a horticulture training program at the Salt Lake County Jail to discuss the birds they might observe in the Jail garden.
- Bird biologist Jordan Herman hosted a bird-watching trip for youth participating in a summer program at the Urban Indian Center.
- Bird biologist Jordan Herman displayed materials relating to her fieldwork in Argentina at an Argentinian restaurant in Salt Lake City.
- Biologist Bob Cieri discussed his work on lung structure and function at a science-themed day camp for homeschooled youth.
- A biologist discussed his research on physiology with inmates at the Draper State Prison and Salt Lake County Jail.
- Geologist David Wheatley discussed careers in geology at a college readiness conference for refugee youth.
- Geologist David Wheatley visited an after-school program for refugee youth and showed students how to model the formation of natural waterways using water and bins of sand.
- Geologist David Wheatley discussed the geology of a popular rock climbing spot on a Splore climbing trip.
- Paleontologist Benn Breeden worked with youth from the Urban Indian Center to identify mystery dinosaur fossils.
- Paleontologist Benn Breeden participated in a science-themed day camp for homeschooled youth and facilitated hands-on activities to demonstrate how paleontologists recover and identify bones in the field.
- Cancer researcher Julia Carleton spoke about her research on the cancer genome and showed participants at a local DIY festival how to make “DNA bracelets” out of string and beads. The sequence of colored beads in each bracelet represented the genome of a different organism.
- Epidemiologist Judy Ou partnered with a local community garden to discuss the health effects of gardening and created informational signs for the garden.
- Epidemiologist Judy Ou discussed healthy eating at a local safety fair.
- Cancer researcher Helena Lucente met with state legislators to discuss the role scientists can play in policymaking and shared her experience with other scientists on the Public Library of Science and American Society for Cell Biology blogs.