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Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease Center for Scientific Communication and Outreach

  • The Center for Scientific Communication and Outreach (CSCO) works to improve the communication of science and the diffusion of knowledge between professionals and between professionals and the public.
  • The Center for Scientific Communication and Outreach is involved in outreach initiatives to cultivate civic-minded scientists and foster a concern for the well-being of the Philadelphia community. The primary goal of the outreach opportunities provided by the center is focused on increasing the diversity of future scientists in the biomedical sciences through outreach and mentoring of Philadelphia’s minority youth.
  • The center provides poster printing services to university faculty and students and also to those outside the university.

Service-based Learning Course Offering: Spring 20-21 Semester

Science Communication and Outreach, Special Topics T580S, CRN 33443. This course provides an opportunity for students to engage their science with the community and builds a deeper understanding of how their work interconnects with local, national, and global needs. The course has two primary focuses. First is to develop working solutions to increase diversity in the sciences and secondly, to develop the necessary leadership skills to develop effective working solutions for social issues that are interwoven with science (post-normal science). Topics that will be explored in detail are those that are currently at the heart of the public controversy, for example, gene editing, gain of function studies, and vaccines. Students will learn through a series of experiences and compose reflections based on the required readings. This course is designed for those who are passionate about engaging the public with research and creating concrete solutions to increasing diversity in science.

There is mandatory outreach participation during the week of 3/15/21 with The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Mutter Museum. Due to COVID, the outreach will be conducted virtually.

Programs

The Distance Learning Center

The Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease hosts 9th and 10th grade high school students for biomedical research training in collaboration with Dr. Moses Williams and The Distance Learning Center.

Learn more about the Distance Learning Center.

Community Outreach Initiative (COI)

Several times a year the Center for Scientific Communication and Outreach organizes outreach opportunities for the biomedical graduate students to engage in science communication with the public. The Community Outreach Initiative has partnered with the College of Physicians of Philadelphia Karabots Junior Fellowship program to promote STEM careers among underserved Philadelphia resident high school students. The students are required to the first in their immediate family to graduate college or a university.

Outreach Events

August 2020

Drexel Microbiology and Immunology students are participating in a three part outreach initiative with students enrolled in the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Karabots program. The program will educate on the many facets of a pandemic response and how communication between the different branches is crucial to success. The students will conclude by drafting policies that will work to improve future pandemic responses. The students will also meet with Dr. Robert Jordan. Dr. Jordan is an adjunct member of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and was the lead investigator for the current COVID-19 treatment Remdesivir.

Mentors: Mary Ann Comunale (DUCOM) and Kevin Impellizeri (CPP)

Student Participants: Jennifer Connors, Elijah Davis, Rachael Ehrlich, Mohamed Hager, Dr. Ogan Kumova, Teresa LuPone and Kayla Socarras

Poster Printing Services

The Center for Scientific Communication and Outreach accepts requests for large-format posters to be presented at international, national, regional and local meetings.

Learn more about poster printing services.

 
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