Sharing the love of science 🔬

At Society for Science & the Public, I’ve been telling stories every day. With an alumni base of about 50,000 people, there’s a diverse group of ages, races, genders, geographical regions, occupations, science interests, and more to represent and explore.

Every day I’m sent emails with updates about an award or honor an alumna/alum has won, or how an alum is impressed with the caliber of current science research at our competitions, or where in the world one of the Society’s alumni is off to next. Sometimes it’s Palau, or Tahiti, or the Galapagos Islands, or Antarctica.

I’m so impressed and inspired by the scientific research and inventions Society’s alumni produce. It makes it easy to promote their incredible work, like reinventing high-tech canes for the visually impaired, co-founding Advanced LIGO which recently detected gravitational waves, designing low-cost electric cars, creating inexpensive disease-testing tools, exploring ways to clear dust off the Martian rovers, writing books, or starting organizations to promote girls and diversity in STEM.

It’s exciting to watch Society alumni move from Broadcom MASTERS, or Intel ISEF, or the Intel Science Talent Search to university, or interning at NASA, or founding a company. These young scientists never rest. Which should be some good news for our generation.

If you’re one of Society’s alumni, or know of any alumni of the Broadcom MASTERS, Intel ISEF, or Westinghouse/Intel Science Talent Search competitions, please contact me at mchertock@societyforscience.org. I’d love to talk to you and share your story!

And if you’re in D.C. this weekend, come by the National Geographic Society on Sunday, March 13, from 1-4 p.m. for the Intel STS 2016 public exhibition of projects. Meet the 2016 Intel STS finalists and view their projects. The event is free and open to the public. See you there!

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Marlena Chertock

Marlena is a digital storyteller and poetry editor at District Lit. Her first poetry book, On that one-way trip to Mars, is available from Bottlecap Press.

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