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August 5, 2019

 I had the fantastic opportunity to share my perspectives about synthetic biology and what I view as important directions for its future in education.  This is my primary research area and it is motivated by my concerns for the ways biotechnologies continue to impact s...

April 11, 2019

And so, I haven't posted in a while, but for good reason—I've been BUSY!  HA! In fact, the grind has been incredible as I work toward the next stint of my professional  and life journey.  As I read the news today— drawn into the popular and tacit intrigue of new black...

April 22, 2018

Last weekend, I had the honor of hosting a station at a Philadelphia Science Festival event hosted at the University of Pennsylvania Pennovation Center.  There, I showed elementary and middle school children and their interested parents some of the biodesign activities...

April 14, 2018

Recently, I had the awesome opportunity to attend my second ever American Education Research Association (AERA) meeting held in Times Square NYC. There, I presented research findings from two studies I've been collaborating on.  The first explores the extent to which b...

April 7, 2018

Last weekend I ran the AllState Hot Chocolate 5K along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in my Philadelphia neighborhood.  I run more than a few of these a year, and so this was no different as I readied my headphones and prepared for the stretch.  This time, I decided to...

February 9, 2018

One of the more incredible aspects of Philadelphia is the deeply rooted pride everyone has around the city collectively. Sure—there’re typical challenges faced by urban districts including those related to class, race, education and opportunity. But what makes Philly s...

December 13, 2017

Last week I had the awesome opportunity to attend a biodesign exhibit hosted by two important contributors on the research team with which I have the pleasure of being associated.  The projects were outcomes from an undergraduate biodesign course taught here at Penn....

December 7, 2017

 Penn GSE's very own Elisabeth Reinkordt produced this video which illustrates the incredible potential synthetic biology has in learning.  

November 21, 2017

 So Karen Hogan, a biologist and instructor in Penn's Biology department, and I thought we'd play a synthetic biology joke on others in the research team (including Deb Lui, Yasmin Kafai, Mia Shaw and Orkan Telhan).  Because Karen actively devises ways we can introduce...

November 10, 2017

Well I'm glad you asked.  It's a nutrient enriched baked good.  Karen Hogan and others on a research team I'm a part of are thinking about how we can introduce topics around synthetic biology, genetics and bioethics to high school students. This field is exploding in c...

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