Science Outreach

7/2017 - 8/2017

Summer Quest elective teacher for the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF).

I designed and implemented a forensics curriculum for 20 seventh graders, where students learned about investigations and how science can be used to help solve crimes. In addition to hands-on classroom activities, there were visits from a professional forensics investigator and a representative of the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and a field trip to the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau of the New York County District Attorney's office.

For more information about the Summer Quest program, see here.

07/23/2017

06/06/2017

I joined ReadyNation's Brain Science Speakers Bureau. ReadyNation is an organization of business executives building a skilled workforce by promoting solutions that prepare children to succeed in education, work, and life.

04/2017 – 05/2017

I was course director for a Medical Communication course at NYU intended for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are curious about a non-academic career trajectory after their graduate or postdoctoral work. Participants will have an opportunity to evaluate their interest as they take this course and participate in several medical writing assignments, including a typical writing test. I co-developed this course with Christina Hughes, PhD. We offered this course for the first time in Spring of 2016 where we had 12 participants and 4 sessions. However, we were requested in Spring 2017 to expand the course to 8 sessions, and include panelists to give the participants more exposure to Medical Communication. The course syllabus can be seen here.

03/2017 – 05/2017

I am working with the American Museum of Natural History in NYC as a Course Scientist for a course called "Seminars on Science - The Brain: Structure, Function and Evolution". This is an online course for educators, and I will be supporting discussions with my research and clinical experience in the field of neuroscience. There are 32 educators taking this course in Spring of 2017. You can find out more about the class here, and see my bio for the program here.

01/05/2017

I was featured in The Rockefeller University Science Outreach Program's Scientists of New York.

9/2016 - 12/2016

High Expectations elective teacher for the Harlem Educational Activities Fund program in Brooklyn. I adapted the curriculum from the Summer Quest course, and invited veterinarian La'Toya Latney, DVM, and guest neuroscientist Rodney Wiltshire, PhD, to talk to the kids.

5/2016 - 7/2016

Summer Quest elective teacher for the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF).

I designed, implemented and evaluated a neuroscience curriculum for 20 ninth graders, coordinating with a few teachers to make sure my curriculum made sense. I organized visits from a neuroscientist to demonstrate an EEG helmet and members of the community to demo sign language. I arranged for a field trip to Biobase, where we looked at how alcohol alters the heart rate of Daphnia and did an experiment to see if Daphnia are attracted to different color light. To talk about plasticity, I used dance, and had a student play the viola. I coordinated with NYU for supplies, and mentored 2 teaching assistants.

Please contact me if you want ideas about curriculum!

05/2016 - 06/2016

I served as an external evaluator for neuroscience projects for students at Lyons Community School.

05/2016

I organized a neuroscience exhibit for the City of Science event at Lehman College, part of this year's World Science Festival. We got mentioned in the New York Times!

04/2016

I spoke at Storycollider, at Union Hall, about my experience of sacrificing rats in the lab for the first time after working at an animal shelter in Ahmedabad, India. Although animal research is not the most pleasant thing scientists do, it is sometimes necessary to find new cures and therapies for diseases.

03/2016 – 04/2016

I was course director for a Medical Communication course at NYU intended for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are curious about a non-academic career trajectory after their graduate or postdoctoral work. Participants will have an opportunity to evaluate their interest as they take this course and in the end, participate in a medical communication assignment. The course syllabus can be seen here.

03/2016

A week in March is celebrated as Brain Awareness Week where neuroscientists organize public events in cafes, schools etc to communicate to non-scientists the recent advances in neuroscience. In 2016, I organized these three events:

  • March 12 - ‘Uptown Brain Awareness Week’ in Harlem, NY (with 60 volunteers and close to 400 participants).

    For this event, I organized the Biobus – a mobile lab which traditionally has been located in Washington Square Park – in uptown Manhattan. I organized the content and managed 60 volunteers. We had a lot of publicity beforehand in various newspapers and websites. Close to 400 participants came and leaned about brains, illusions and microscopes!

  • March 15 - An Epilepsy booth for the Brain Fair at NYU Medical School

  • March 19 - ‘Ask the Expert’ at Body Worlds Pulse museum, Times Square NYC.

    For this event, I organized volunteers and content. We had close to 50 participants.

05/2015

I organized content 15 volunteers for the World Science Festival. After brainstorming with other leaders of the Neuroscience Outreach Group, we decided to talk about attention by having people do the 'invisible gorilla' test.

I also did a presentation for kids entitled ‘So you think you are smart?’ and talked about animal cognition.

03/2015

Organized a Brain Awareness Week event at Body Worlds Pulse, NYC. Read more about it here and here.

12/2014 – 03/2016

Director of Education at Body Worlds Pulse, NYC

Developed ‘Kid MD’- a program for children 8 and older to learn about the human body

I also organized Brain Day at Body Worlds Pulse to teach children about the brain by doing hands-on activities.

07/2014 - 08/2014

I served as a mentor in the New York Academy of Sciences ‘Food Connection’ program. I taught 15 school children about nutrition at Aspira of New York at IS 131 Albert Einstein School, Bronx by doing hands on experiments. I also organized a field trip to Body Worlds Pulse Museum once the course was over.

06/2014

Organized a community Health and Wellness Program with Body Worlds Pulse at the Agape Love Christian Church, Bronx

04/2014

Organized an Epilepsy booth at NYU Langone Medical Center as part of the NYU Epilepsy Conference.

03/2014

As part of Brain Awareness Week, I organized an Epilepsy booth at the NYU Brain Fair. I also interviewed Heather McKellar and Heather Bowling for braiNY, the Greater New York City chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

01/2014

Organized a talk for tenth graders at Bank Street School to talk about neuroscience as a career

01/2014

Worked with school children at PS 107 in Park Slope, Brooklyn for a program named ‘Architecture of the brain’

09/2013

Worked with school children of St. Jude School, Inwood, NYC as part of Brain Awareness Week 2013