Meet the Site Coordinators of NOVA Science Studio | NOVA



The brand new nationwide program might be led by 5 web site coordinators and embrace 30 center and high-school college students grouped into regional cohorts from the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West Coast.

We’re excited to take the NOVA Science Studio to the nationwide stage with a digital launch of our program that can interact college students from throughout the nation!

Not solely will we search to supply youth with the abilities to inform partaking digital tales concerning the science occurring of their communities, but additionally to amplify the voices of younger individuals who have lengthy been underrepresented in science communication.

Over the course of six months, college students throughout the US will find out about video manufacturing, figuring out misinformation, and a variety of STEM careers, underneath the steerage of a web site coordinator and the mentorship of a NOVA producer.

Every web site coordinator leads two hour lengthy classes per week for a regional cohort of six college students. And the scholars obtain common suggestions and instruction on learn how to develop and refine their science journalism video tasks.

We’re excited to introduce the primary group of NOVA Science Studio web site coordinators, which incorporates science communicators, producers, and lecturers who’ve a powerful observe document of masking science by way of multiplatform storytelling.

Cesar Almeida

Chicago, IL
Midwest Area

Cesar Almeida is a youth program coordinator at Religion in Place. As an artist, educator, and Fulbright Scholar, he designs inventive and academic applications for youth and younger adults to preserve and uphold ancestral types, which embrace environments, cultures, and languages. He earned his B.S. in training from Northwestern College, and his work challenges Western colonial approaches to training by centering the learner’s id, embodying youth-led approaches, and validating new media as literacy. Finally, Almeida acknowledges that the surroundings is just not solely concerning the birds, bees, and bushes however is concerning the locations we reside, be taught, eat, and sleep.

“There’s not sufficient illustration or entry to science and the surroundings,” Almeida says. “The dominant narrative perpetuates the concept that nature and science originate from foundations of white and eurocentric types of thought, however this isn’t the case, and it’s my mission to extend illustration and entry to science and the surroundings for BIPOC artists, youth, and communities.”

Tazeen Hossain

Charlotte, NC
Southeast Area

Tazeen Hossain is a course of improvement engineer at Bosch Rexroth the place she leads her web site’s digital manufacturing transformation. She graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a minor in Spanish from the Georgia Institute of Know-how. She additionally holds a Ladies in Management certificates from Cornell College. As an alumna of INROADS and the Society of Ladies Engineers (SWE), she has served each organizations by way of STEM advocacy and mentorship for minority college students in highschool and faculty. Hossain’s ardour for growing illustration in STEM has led to her establishing an worker useful resource group at Bosch Rexroth targeted on highlighting and celebrating the intersectionality of various identities throughout the office. Her love for engineering know-how drives her to always search methods to interrupt obstacles and supply underrepresented youth with entry to careers in STEM.

“If you deliver extra individuals on stage who can inform totally different tales, and share views that talk to the opposite 40% of People, immediately science is relatable,” Hossain says. “Extra issues get solved inside our communities as a result of extra persons are conscious of them.”

Greg Hufford

Boston, MA
Northeast Area

Greg Hufford is a STEM literacy specialist at 826 Boston who has a fervent ardour for the pure sciences and is fascinated by the overlap between scientific and inventive pursuits. Previous to becoming a member of 826 Boston, he served with AmeriCorps in New Hampshire, the place he taught environmental science to elementary college college students. Hufford holds an M.S. in geology from the Colorado Faculty of Mines, and—earlier than a current profession swap—labored as a geologist. In his free time, Hufford likes to wander outside, paint, play Dungeons and Dragons, and make music.

“Science has had a central position in my life for over 20 years,” says Hufford. “At the same time as an grownup, I nonetheless crawl within the woods on my fingers and knees, and discover the world by way of a magnifying glass. I see science as an iterative means of discovery that may enrich our lives. I’ve been and can proceed to be a scholar of science.”

Niba Nirmal

San Francisco, CA
West Coast Area

Niba Nirmal is a multimedia science communicator based mostly on the standard land of the Ramaytush Ohlone (San Francisco, CA). She creates scientific content material by way of articles, photographs, movies, and social media. Her private challenge “Notes By Niba” explores the science of cosmetics, style, and skincare by way of YouTube and Instagram. She holds a B.S. in genetics and genomics from UC Davis, the place she studied the consequences of local weather change on crops. She additionally holds a double-minor in toxicology and variety research. She acquired her M.S. in genetics from Duke College, graduating with the category of 2020. Her graduate analysis targeted on the genetics, type, and performance of plant roots.

“Whereas researching plant genetics, I found a ardour for science communication,” Nirmal says. “Missing scicomm mentorship, I needed to educate myself video manufacturing and arduously construct my model from the bottom up. NOVA’s program provides me the distinctive alternative to immediately mentor college students in my area so that they needn’t bear the pointless struggles I needed to.”

Leon Tynes

Phoenix, AZ
Southwest Area

Leon Tynes is the know-how and laptop science lead educator on the Academy of Math and Science Desert Sky in Phoenix, Arizona. For the previous eleven years, Tynes has used a flipped classroom strategy to maximise studying within the realms of 3D modeling, digital media, cell app improvement, and laptop science programs. Devoted to immersing his college students in all points of know-how, he has efficiently built-in science and engineering ideas, which has led to quite a few scholar awards. He has a ardour for habitat and local weather points and desires to develop genuine tasks to broaden college students’ international consciousness in STEM.

“My focus has all the time been in city training and fairness in laptop science and know-how,” Tynes says. “I’ve a major quantity of expertise with college students creating nonfiction media coping with modern social points. Imploring college students to analysis modern points that immediately have an effect on their communities and their potential to discover faculty and substantive careers is a precedence of my pedagogy.”

With a concentrate on hyperlocal storytelling, the NOVA Science Studio goals to present college students the instruments to inform their personal tales by way of the science occurring proper in their very own yard. We might be sharing updates on this system and scholar tasks by way of the NOVA Training Spark publication and NOVA Science Studio social media accounts. Observe us on Twitter and YouTube to remain linked!