UNL’s third annual SCIENCE SLAM, a science competition for graduate, undergraduate, and postdoctoral researchers, was held April 4, 2018, in the Great Hall of the Wick Alumni Center!
Science Slam is a campus-wide contest where graduate and undergraduate researchers from ALL SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINES are challenged to communicate their work in short, dynamic, and engaging presentations, with a winner to be decided by the audience. Relive the glory of our 2017 and2016 Science Slams!
Nebraska MRSEC welcomed Katie Mack (@AstroKatie), keynote speaker and emcee for this year’s Science Slam! Katie's talk was free and open to the public.
(Photo credit: Katie Mack.
T-shirt credit: Alex H. Parker)
Dr. Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University, where she is also a member of the Leadership in Public Science Cluster. Throughout her career she has studied the early universe, galaxy formation, black holes, cosmic strings, and the ultimate fate of the cosmos. Alongside her academic research, she is an active science communicator and has been published in a number of popular publications such as Scientific American, Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time.com, and Cosmos Magazine, where she is a columnist. You can find her on Twitter as @AstroKatie.
Meet the Finalists!
Alice MillerMacPhee is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology. In her Slam talk, she will describe her work as "A Scientist on Activist Terms."
Karl Ahrendsen is a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. In his Slam talk, he will explain how "An Old Dog Can Teach You New Tricks."
Kelly Willemssens is a graduate student in the School of Natural Resources. In her Slam talk, she will describe "Living on the Edge: Life in Yellowstone National Park."
Hernán Vázquez Miranda is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Natural Resources. In his Slam talk, he will explain how "Hate Will Never Win At the Dinner Table, Using Science!"
Kenneth Hipp is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry. In his Slam talk, he will discuss "Learning Who I Am."
Andrew Conner is a graduate student in the Department of Mathematics. In his Slam talk, he will discuss "Twin and Triplet Primes for Fun and Profit."
Science Slam committee:
Jocelyn Bosley, Nebraska MRSEC Assistant Director for Education and Outreach
Rebecca Lai, Nebraska MRSEC Education/Outreach Director and Chemistry Prof
Ramesh Laungani, Doane University Biology Prof