Beyond research, I believe that scientists have a duty to engage in outreach and science communication through mentoring, presentations and lectures, and the active recruitment of students from diverse backgrounds.
In addition to my service on committees, as a mentor, and as a public speaker, while at Berkeley I developed a radio program designed to promote science communication and diversity in the sciences. From 2013-2018, I was the host and producer of The Graduates, a 30-minute radio program broadcast bimonthly on U.C. Berkeley’s independent, non-profit radio station KALX 90.7FM, a Bay Area institution. I recently handed the reins of The Graduates off to current graduate students at UC Berkeley, but The Graduates remains the only science radio show affiliated with UC Berkeley, and one of the only locally produced science programs on any radio station in the Bay Area. Since the pilot episode debuted in 2014, I interviewed more than 50 graduate students about their research. All past episodes of The Graduates are available free to listen on iTunes and via the internet.
While at UC Berkeley, I also worked to broaden the impact of The Graduates by extending the radio interviews into print media, allowing the show to capture the attention of a wider audience even after the broadcast. The Graduates forged a strong relationship with several student groups at Berkeley, resulting in multiple online blog posts as well as interviews with University publications, The Berkeley Graduate and the GradNews. In 2015, I was invited to speak alongside NASA scientists and other PhDs as part of the conference, “Let’s Have an Awesome Time Doing Science” (2015), where my talk highlighted the importance of science communication, public outreach and creating positive environmental change. More recently (2018), I gave a guest lecture in a DeCal class designed for journalism and public health students, entitled, “Exposing Medical Research and its Secrets: An Evolutionary Biologist’s Take on Some of the Most Important Issues in Medical Research Today.”
I am currently working to start a new science communication podcast called Around the World with Science, with plans to debut in Fall 2018. Check back for more updates on this new and exciting science communication endeavor!
GradNews. 2016. Meet Tesla Monson, Host of KALX’s ‘The Graduates.’
The Berkeley Graduate. 2015. The Berkeley Graduate Interviews The Graduates.
Berkeley Science Review. 2014. Archaeology and the Untold Stories of the African Diaspora. http://berkeleysciencereview.com/archaeology-untold-stories-african-diaspora/
Berkeley Science Review. 2014. Dinosaur Eggs and Ancient Mammals.
Berkeley Science Review. 2014. Feeding on the Fall. http://berkeleysciencereview.com/jenna-judge-graduates/
The DailyCal. 2014. Meet the student DJs at KALX.