Teaching & Outreach
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I participate in teaching a course called "The Human Body: Anatomy, Embryology, and Imaging." Previously, I served as both an Instructor of Anatomy and Teaching Assistant in the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Generally, my duties revolve around teaching first-year medical students about gross anatomy and neuroanatomy. As I teach, I employ both cadaver-based dissection and explanations of clinical correlations to re-enforce both broad and fine-scale anatomical understanding. Wondering why a paleobiologist would work in a medical school? Learn more here.
As part of my work as a WashU anatomist, I participated in the scripting, documenting, and editing of dozens of anatomical dissection modules for the free medical education app, thumbroll (logo below). If you are interested in medical anatomy, education, and clinical techniques, I encourage you to check it out! Downloads are available for Apple and Android.
Outreach is an essential part of good science. How are people to know about all the exciting, important research that goes on in a lab if scientists don't share it? As paleontologist, I have constant opportunities to share my research, enthusiasm for the biology, and understanding of the scientific process with a diverse audience. I've led and helped with activities for the public through St. Louis Science Center (SciFest, First Fridays), Burpee Museum's PaleoFest, The Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery, local libraries, classrooms (in-person and virtual) and the Young Scholars OHIO program.
I'm always willing to speak at local schools about my work and about the joy and importance of science in the classroom. I am grateful for every outreach opportunity I am afforded, and I'm excited about discovering new and varied chances to share my research in the future! If you have an outreach suggestion for me, or you would just like to chat about any and all things science, please contact me! However, please be aware that I do not participate in public creation/evolution debates.