We believe in Education!
We think that Science is only important when the general public has access to it. Our lab has taken steps to educate and excite people about scientific discoveries.
Microbiology Summer Science Camp - The Summer camp was developed by Dr. Michelle Badon, Dep. of Biology. Graduate students in my laboratory have been participating as Teaching Assistants. We have been using examples of culture-independent community analysis and its implication to environmental and medical sciences.
I-ENGAGE Program - UTA undergraduates work in the lab with a graduate student during the Summer. They received a very defined research question and go after the answer!
Science without borders - Our lab was a receipient of the 2010 American Society for Microbiology Professorship Award. Together with Dr. Klaus Nusslein, Univ. Massachusetts, we developed a workshop in Molecular Microbial Ecology in Ecuador. In addition, I have co-teaching a course for graduate students in Brazil every other year.