RadioBio is a podcast where UC Merced biology graduate students talk with scientists about biological systems, from molecules to ecosystems. We release podcasts every two weeks during the academic calendar from a wide range of topics. We have been featured on NSF Science360 Radio and local radio stations. We have been awarded with the distinguished University of California President's Award for Outstanding Student Leadership and three Merced University Friends Circle Community Service grants and continue to build a platform to engage people in science. Join us and LISTEN TO LIFE!
UC Merced Alumni Association
As part of the inaugural class of UC Merced, I am committed to the progress and development of the campus. The UC Merced Alumni Association (UCMAA) is a highly active network of alumni dedicated to the continued growth of alumni relations between ourselves, the campus, and students.
As a former Vice President of the Board of Directors of UCMAA for four years and Board Member for six years, I helped support the strategic goals of the Alumni Office to increase alumni involvement with the university through leveraging networks and engagement opportunities. UC Merced is a growing campus in the 21st century and needs support from near and far. If you wish to nurture this new campus please take the opportunity to GIVE HERE.
Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute
The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility operated by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and part of the Biosciences Area, is to advance genomics in support of the DOE missions related to clean energy generation and environmental characterization and cleanup. During the summer of 2017, I joined the DOE JGI for a summer internship program working under Zhong Wang in the Research and Development department. I created promotional material for a new visualization program to help engage people in new ways.
Mycological Society of San Francisco
The Mycological Society of San Francisco was founded in 1950 to promote the understanding and enjoyment of mushrooms and other fungi. Their mission has since expanded to preserve mycological habitats and to promote and maintain the rights of the general public to collect mushrooms for study and recreational purposes on public lands. They host a myriad of events to promote mycological education and research, the most popular being the annual fungus fair help every first Sunday of December.
I have served a number of roles in the society including Vice President, Fungus Fair Chair and Co-Chair, and speaker coordinator. Currently, I am arranging a dynamic speaker series during the fair and I am always looking for interesting mycological speakers! Connect with me if that sounds like you!
Peace Corps Morocco 2010–2012
I served under both the health and youth development sectors of Peace Corps in Morocco where I helped developed a peer health education program catered to middle school students. Students were introduced to leadership, creativity, and community work through our program. Students chose relevant health topics and built lessons using poetry, acting, art, and spoken word to educate their peers on theses topics. In addition, I joined several expeditions to rural communities where we taught basic hygiene, leadership skills, and teamwork, something many people in the world have never been exposed to in a classroom setting before.