Scientific outreach is important to promote public awareness of science in general and evolutionary literacy specifically. Our lab participates in several public outreach activities such as ASU’s Ask a Biologist (a biology learning resource tool for students, teachers, and parents) and BioBridge Program (a two-week event aimed to help incoming students with the transition from high school to college), Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School’s DISCOVERoom (a weekly STEM-based learning program which takes place during lunch recess), as well as Wilson Elementary School’s STEAM (Science/ Technology/ Engineering/ Art/ Mathematics) Night.

As part of our Phage Hunters class, we have created a variety of outreach materials to teach children and students about the wonderful world of bacteriophages:

Pauline Wilson, Jade Porche, Angelica Urquidez, and Bruno La Rosa (students in our year-long Fall19 / Spring20 ‘Phage Hunters’ course) explaining bacteriophage phenotypic diversity at our activity booth at Wilson Elementary’s 2020 STEAM Night. Picture credits: Susanne Pfeifer.

In addition, Sydney Fikse (an undergraduate in the lab) has set up a website for K12 students to learn about anthropogenic factors that have impacted animal evolution.

Several of these materials are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (NSF CAREER DEB-2045343). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. 

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