Archive for October, 2013

October 3, 2013

Welcome to Our Fall Interns!

by Melissa Harding

This fall we have two new interns joining our Science Education and Research team. Please join us in welcoming them!

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Ning Yuechen Xu is the Science Education and Research Photography and Videography Intern for the fall of 2013. Ning is an international student from China. She is working on her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Arts Management at Chatham University. Ning has experience working with film, photography as well as graphic design. She also creates independent films and fundraising videos for various art galleries in Pittsburgh.


Allaire Temen is the Science Education and Research Environmental Education intern for the fall of 2013. She is on the brink of finishing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Chatham University. Allaire grew up in the high deserts of Reno, Nevada, and her love of all things nature and science came from amazing children’s and youth programs at national parks and local museums. Knowledge was ingrained by her geologist mother (and fantastic family!) who camped, hiked, canoed, and took her rock and fossil hunting. Allaire is super excited to be at Phipps Conservatory, helping out and teaching young science education classes, as it gives her a chance to pass on her exuberance for nature and science.

We are so excited to have such talented and wonderful ladies joining our department and know that they will be wonderful!

The above photos taken by Melissa Harding.


October 1, 2013

Botany in Action Science Engagement Weekend a Huge Success!

by Melissa Harding


This past weekend was our Botany in Action Science Engagement, a four-day event that brings our Botany in Action Fellows to Phipps for a series of workshops and public engagement opportunities. The goal of the Science Engagement is to help the Fellows become more skilled at interpreting their work for a public audience, including children, and to give local residents a chance to learn more about their research. Fellows spent their time at Phipps developing skills in public speaking, radio, field photography, photo editing, multimedia, and popular and creative writing for a public audience.


In addition to working with Phipps educators and polishing their skills, they also spent some time doing public outreach to students. Last Friday, the Fellows worked with local high school students as part of the Eco-Challenge. They shared their experiences in the field, as well as their love of science, with groups of students who then went on to make posters describing each Fellow. Both students and teachers came away excited about the enthusiasm each Fellow has for his or her work. Many described it as the highlight of their day at Phipps! Check out more images from the Eco-Challenge and the student’s great posters in yesterday’s blog post.


 The Fellows also had a chance to work with family and adult audiences. Friday night, Fellows presented at a public lecture for any interested community members to talk about their research and why science matters. The next morning, they set up informational tables throughout the Conservatory to display tools they use in the field and to talk more informally to visitors about their research.

Check out images from both public events in the slideshow below!

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Additionally, the Fellows were interviewed by the Saturday Light Brigade, a family radio show, to talk about their work as a scientists and a significant plant they each encounter during their work. This will be complied into a short segment called “Herbs in Action” and will be aired throughout the fall.

Check out this space throughout the coming year to see profiles of each Fellow and their research. Read about past year’s Fellows at “Follow the Fellows”.

If you missed any of the public events this weekend or would like to learn more about the Fellows and their work, you can check out the Botany In Action blog!

The above photos were taken by Science Education Staff and volunteer Pam Russell.


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