Meghan published a piece on Medium describing how President Trump’s proposed budget will stunt American scientific innovation, both because of cuts to funding for basic research and because of cuts to diversity programs. The Duffy Lab’s work would not be possible without support from the National Science Foundation, and our research has benefitted from various federal programs that help promote diversity in science (including work-study and the McNair Scholars Program).
This piece was related to Meghan’s position as a public engagement fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She’s looking forward to spending the week of June 12th in DC getting more training in public engagement!
Meghan was featured in a Nature News piece entitled, “Workplace habits: full-time is full enough”. As the article’s header says, “Some scientists are fighting a toxic belief that a 50-hour working week is ‘slacking off’.” Meghan is happy to be one of the scientists fighting that belief!
What animals/organisms do you know that live in a lake? The answers I got during Family Day at the Detroit Zoo were pretty much the same (whether I asked a 5 year old, a 10 year old or a 35 year old person!) fish, plants, ducks…and when asked if they ever heard of water fleas or Daphnia? Most people where surprised to know that a weird looking animal that looks like my masterpiece above, but really really really tiny lives in lakes and are important for lake ecosystems. Since Daphnia are tiny, and only easy to clearly see under a microscope, I decided to make this “gigantic” Daphnia so that kids can really appreciated the beauty of working with them. They could clearly see through some of the main organs but visitors were mainly surprise about 2 things: 1) when they saw a picture of a real Daphnia kids were amazed to see the incredible resemblance (not to brag!!!) of my Daphnia to a real Daphnia. Second they were really stoked to learn that as babies Daphnia have 2 eyes, but when they grow their eyes fused into one. Besides learning basic Daphnia 101 on my booth, visitors also got a glimpse into my research on how different diets impact parasitism (I will blog on a different day on how I got this message through!).
This lady had her debut on May 13 and will have other appearances some time in August again the Detroit Zoo so stay tuned on where you can find her!
posted by Kristel
Meghan spoke on the main stage at the March for Science in Washington, DC this past weekend. Her talk focused on the value of basic research and the importance of diversity in science. The weather wasn’t great, but the turnout was! You can watch the speech here (skip to the 1 hour mark) and some pictures from the weekend are below.
The stage at the rehearsal, the day before the march
Meghan and Kristel got a selfie with Bill Nye!
Meghan meeting Questlove just before speaking!
Screen cap of Meghan during her talk
Meghan has been selected as the winner of the Association for the Study of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO)’s Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award which “honors an aquatic scientist normally within 12 years of the completion of their terminal degree, for outstanding and balanced contributions to research, science training, and broader societal issues such as resource management, conservation, policy, and public education”. A writeup of Meghan’s selection can be found here.
Meghan also was recently named as a AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow for 2017-2018. This article talks more about the fellowship, including giving this description:
The fellows have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their research careers, as well as an interest in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society, according to AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.
The new fellows will convene in June at AAAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., for a week of intensive public engagement and science communication training, networking and public engagement plan development.
When asked about the award, Meghan said “I’ve always thought that public engagement was important, but the current climate makes this work feel absolutely critical.”
Mary gave a talk on “Maladaptation to Heavy Metal Exposure in Lake Zooplankton Populations” at the Water@Michigan forum on January 31st. This forum was attended by people from various UMich units as well as regional water organizations, agencies, and businesses. Mary’s talk was clearly effective, as a local politician approached her after the talk to establish a connection with a local lake association group interested in her work. Mary gave talks to lake associations as a grad student, and was happy to say yes to this opportunity!
(General note for readers: if you are in Southeast Michigan and interested in having someone give a talk about lakes at your library, school, lake association meeting, Rotary Club meeting, etc., please just get in touch! We would love to help people in the area learn more about our local lakes. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch.)
Congratulations to Morgan Rondinelli, who has received an LSA Honors Summer Fellowship to carry out research related to the dilution effect in the lab this summer. We’re looking forward to having Morgan in the lab this summer!