Speaking during a panel at Narrating Science, Toronto, 2017. (credit Amy Chambers)

I have been an invited speaker at the American Institute of Physics, American Philosophical Society, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Science History Institute, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, University of Birmingham, Manchester Metropolitan University, Wesleyan University, WGBH Studios, Xavier University (Cincinnati), and Yale University.


I have also taught workshops  on science communication and media for the Boston Library Consortium, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University.


My work has been featured nationally on NPR’S InnovationHub and PRI's The Pulse. Additionally, I have been interviewed alongside science educator Bill Nye and The Big Bang Theory’s David Saltzberg .


Live Event: The Lost Planets with John Wenz, Penn Book Center, November 1, 2019. 

Podcast: “Science on TV,” Distillations, September 17, 2019.


Podcast: “Science on the Children’s Television Workshop,” Lady Science, August 21, 2019,

Radio: "Destination Moon," The Pulse, WHYY, July 2019.


Live Event: "Summer of Space," WGBH Insiders, Boston, MA, June 3, 2019.

Radio: "Television Created the Radio Star," InnovationHub, PRI, March 15, 2019,

Radio: "Collection of NASA Apollo memorabilia looking for a new home," The Pulse, WHYY, March 8, 2019,

Podcast: “The Representation Approximation,” The Forum (podcast), The Institute on Science for Global Policy, December 2018,

Podcast: "Sci-Fi," The Beans Podcast,

Radio: “Should we talk about science like it’s magic?," The Pulse, WHYY, December 14, 2017.

Podcast: “Carl Sagan: The First Science Guy," Elemental FM: Ad Astra, September 13, 2017.

Podcast: "Star Trek, Squirrels, and Science," DocsVox, October 1, 2016.

Podcast: Inspiration Dissemination, KBVR-FM, Oregon State University. July 22, 2012.

Invited Presentations

" "You couldn't exactly say they're astronauts" : Understanding the initial fan response to Star Trek," Science in the Public: Manchester, Manchester, England, July 11, 2019.

" Illusions of actuality: The power of scientific belief on postwar." University of Birmingham, Birmingham,  England, July 5, 2019.

“Beautiful Databases and Online Galleries," Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ, May 23, 2019.

"What is a PhD Worth?” Panelist, Princeton University, April 19, 2019.


"Methods in Science Communication," Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 17, 2019.


“ ”Television is an action: Activating Audiences for Science Television,” Society Hill Towers, April 16, 2019.


“Methods in Oral History,” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, March 20, 2019.

"An Electric Education," American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA, February 12, 2019.  

"An Electric Education," Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, November 19, 2018.

"Methods in Science Communication," University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, October 11, 2018.

"Bill Nye: Science Guy," moderator, Princeton Public Library, Princeton New Jersey, May 23, 2018.


"The NOVA Years," WGBH, Boston, MA, May 28, 2018.

"The Scientific Storytellers," The Princeton Windrows, Princeton, New Jersey, April 26, 2018.

 "The Star Professor: Carl Sagan, Television, and Cosmos,”The Gallatin School, New York University, May 11, 2018.

"#dissertationdays: researching collections at the AAPB & other public media archives," Boston Library Consortium,  April 3, 2018.


“The Star Professor: Carl Sagan, Television, and Cosmos,” Science Studies Research Group, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, February 5, 2018.


“Narrating Science: Storytelling in Television Science Series,” American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD, June 15, 2017.


“The Showman: The Johns Hopkins Science Review, 1948-1956,” Modern American Workshop, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, April 19, 2017.


Academic Presentations

"Fly Me to the Moon: Science Communication on Star Trek," History of Science Society, Seattle, Washington, November 2, 2017.

“Television Magic: The Early Wizards of Science Educational Broadcasting,” poster session, Science Talk, Portland, Oregon, March 8, 2018.

“Viewers Like You: Seeing Science Education on Television,” History of Science Society, Toronto, Canada, November 10, 2017. Participant: Education and Its Audience; Chair: Science for Whom? Popularization for What Purpose?


Public Media Research Project, Radio Preservation Task Force, National Recording Preservation Board, November 3, 2017. Panelist.


“As Seen on TV: Science, Technology, and the Television Set,” Society of History of Technology, Philadelphia, PA, October 27, 2017. Session organizer: Playing with Technology: Fun and Games for Citizens and Consumers.


“Illusions of Actuality: Exploring Fictional Elements of Factual Television Programs,” Society for the Social Studies of Science, Boston, MA, Sept. 2, 2017. Session organizer: Illusions of Actuality: Exploring Fictional Elements of Factual Television Programs.


“Stories, Entertainment, and Science Communication,” Narrating Science: The Power of Stories in the 21st Century, Fiction Meets Science Project, Toronto, Canada, May 26, 2017.  Panelist and discussion facilitator for Thursday panels.


“Of Man and Memoir: The Construction of David Lilienthal’s Cold War Identity,” Cold War Narratives Reimagined, Yale University, April 2016.


“Let’s look at its promise”: Seeing scientists on CBS’s See It Now," 2016 Joint 
Journalism and Communication History Conference (JJCHC), New York University, February 2016.

“Television Magic: The Early Wizards of Science Educational Broadcasting,” poster session, History of Science Society, San Francisco, November 2015.


“Ice Nine, Isolation, and Innocence: How Cat’s Cradle can help historians understand postwar scientific communities,” Artefact, Chemical Heritage Foundation, October 2013.

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