Stem-O-Sphere: Opportunity for Science Outreach on the World Wide Web

Internet access is a powerful resource at nearly everyone’s disposal and on the fingertips. This accessibility has been a luxury for my personal inquiry to learn science, but might not be as seen as useful to teens and adults in the context of STEM education. Additionally, the implications for learning STEM in classrooms is observed to be difficult and needs reinforcement outside. With the generation of Stem-o-sphere as a student-run publication website, the opportunity to scientifically engage with the lay increased on a platform with billions of users. My project aims to continue this website through social media and create insightful and entertaining content that reinforces learning. With the help of Latham peers interested in contributing to content and management, I hope to bolster Stem-o-sphere visits and continue activity on an already established Latham project.

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Tim currently studies Genetics and Biotechnology with intention of receiving his B.S. in May 2019, and is interested in scientific engagement, education, and advocacy. He has been conducting research in Dr. Songhai Chen's laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology since 2016, where he aims to characterize novel tumor suppressors identified by an in vitro/in vivo CRISPR screen. These genes, whose downregulation show resistance to adjunct endocrine therapies such as tamoxifen, could potentially serve as effective biomarkers and therapeutic targets for early diagnosis and resistance prevention in breast cancer patients. Tim's future plans include pursuing a PhD in Molecular Biology, establishing a career in research, and eventually teaching at the collegiate level. In his free time, Tim enjoys portrait photography, writing poetry, cooking with friends, reading scientific literature, traveling, and drinking matcha green tea.