Here are our club officers for the 2016-2017 academic year:
President: Bishakha Mona
Bishakha is a graduate student in the Genetics, Development, and Disease Graduate program at UT Southwestern in the Department of Neuroscience. Bishakha got involved with SPEaC to promote public awareness of science and education through its outreach program. She aspires to be a liaison between the scientific community and the public to effectively communicate the impact of science in our daily life. Her interests also lie in learning about science policy and helping create science awareness among policy-makers and the public. As SPEaC’s President, Bishakha coordinates the club meetings and supports the officers in organizing club events. She serves as the main point of contact for the club and is the club’s representative to the National Science Policy Group.
Secretary/Treasurer: Soumik Basuray
Soumik is a postdoctoral fellow in the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Soumik has a keen interest in science communication and policy decisions that affect the scientific and academic community at large. He is passionate about taking science to the common man to ignite scientific consciousness. As SPEaC’s Secretary/Treasurer he coordinates meetings, organizes events, and maintains the Club’s budget.
Policy Co-Coordinator: Sarah Elkin
Sarah is graduate student in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate program at UT Southwestern in the Department of Cell Biology. Sarah got involved in SPEaC to become more active in science policy and communication. Sarah is passionate about bringing science appreciation to policy-makers and the general public through outreach and communication. As a Policy Co-Coordinator Sarah works to foster relationships with local lawmakers and keep the community informed on science policy issues such as STEM curriculum and federal funding of basic science research.
Policy Co-Coordinator: Amanda Goldner
Amanda is a graduate student in the Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program at UT Southwestern in the Department of Cell Biology. She believes basic science needs to be made more approachable to lawmakers and laypeople. This understanding would allow more connections to form between scientists and non-scientists and help pave the way for future societal advancements. As one of SPEaC’s Science Policy Co-Coordinators, she hopes to develop a better relationship between the scientific community and the legislators that model the policy governing it.
Educational Outreach Coordinator: Jeremy Stubblefield
Jeremy is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). He has a long-standing interest in studying circadian biology – the daily timing of behavioral and physiological processes within our body. He has been involved in outreach efforts throughout his time at UTSW including mentoring high school students through the STARS (Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern) and HPREP (Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program) programs. He has led efforts to communicate basic science principles and knowledge through coordinating and teaching educational classes for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students at TJ Rusk Middle School in Dallas and undergraduate students in the Honors College at UT Dallas. Jeremy is serving as an Educational Outreach Coordinator for SPEaC during the 2016-2017 year. He will assist in coordinating science outreach events at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and other locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.
Communication Skills Coordinator: Ashley Lakoduk
Ashley is a graduate student at UT Southwestern in the department of Cell Biology. Ashley joined SPEaC to become more involved with science communication and education and to help develop programs and events at UT Southwestern aimed at increasing communication skills among basic science researchers. She hopes to help foster an environment where scientists can improve their technical communication skills, as well as to help researchers effectively communicate scientific information to the outside community. She believes that these skills are critical to increasing the general awareness of the benefits of biomedical research and are key to sustaining future funding for biomedical research.
Social Media Coordinator: Filipa Rijo-Ferreira
Filipa is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at UT Southwestern. Filipa got involved with SPEaC to engage in science communication, by promoting and learning how to better communicate with scientists in different areas of research as well as with the general public. She believes good communication of science is almost as important as the scientific advances themselves: to share the findings and therefore give back to the society. As SPEaC’s Social Media Coordinator, Filipa creates science communication content and is responsible for the website, the blog and SPEaC’s social media accounts like the Twitter account, Facebook page, Instagram account, and LinkedIn group.
To join SPEaC or volunteer for one of our activities, please contact one of the officers listed above or email us here.
Former SPEaC Officers:
- President: Jonathan Cooper
- Secretary: Bishakha Mona
- Policy Co-Coordinator: Sarah Elkin
- Policy Co-Coordinator: Irina Filonova
- Educational Outreach Co-Coordinator: Sharon Kuss
- Educational Outreach Co-Coordinator: Ana Uruena
- Communication Skills Coordinator: Ashley Lakoduk
- Social Media Coordinator: Devon Crawford
- President: Lauren Luethy
- Vice President of Policy: Kimberly Maxfield
- Vice President of Educational Outreach: Sharon Kuss
- Vice President of Science Communication: Cyndi Morales
- Vice President of Social Media: Devon Crawford
- President: Thomas Calder