Stem-o-sphere: Communicating science through blogging

Cassandra managed “Stemosphere”, a student run science blog that features pieces written by fellows in the Latham Science Engagement Initiative. All too often, science articles are full of jargon or oversimplified to the point that the integrity of the research is lost. The work featured on “Stemosphere” hopes to spark public interest in new research and communicate scientific topics in an easy-to-digest way. In addition, Cassandra managed Stemosphere’s various social media accounts that serve to promote the projects of other fellows, bring visibility to the outreach done by LSEI, and archive these projects both on social media and directly on Stemosphere’s website. 

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Cassandra is a junior studying Biology at the University of Iowa on a pre-health track. She conducts research in Dr. Diane Slusarski’s lab at the University of Iowa using zebrafish to investigate candidate genes for cataracts. In addition to her research, she is also a biology ambassador, giving tours to prospective students. As the administrator of Stemosphere, she hopes to bring science into the lives of as many people as possible. In her free time, she loves to read and do volunteer work.