Being an active part of my communities is an integral part to my scholarship. I find being engaged in all facets of the term enhance the experience of learning, research and service. Below are examples of how I've brought engagement into the classroom and into my research. Click on each for more information.

Engagement Activities

The Civic Leaders Program at Loras College strives to develop the attributes students need to be lifelong responsible contributors in their communities. Civic Leaders work with a cohort of Loras students who are dedicated to working with their community in creating a better place, while earning a $1000 scholarship. Learn about social justice issues and serve.
DAYLC is a non-profit organization whose vision is to make tomorrow's world better by developing leaders today.
The fellow will focus on promoting the inclusion and reflection of civic engagement in both the curricular and co-curricular experiences. The work done by this fellow will expand and deepen the way civic engagement is experienced at the College.
The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
This study at the Ontario Science Center allows adults to explore how the brain stores memories. I helped recruit participants and discussed the Brain Exhibit and neuroscience issues with interested participants.
This exhibition at the Ontario Science Center allows everyone from children to adults to explore how the brain processes language, organizes the visual world and store memories. I helped lead visitors through various activities to explore and engage with the brain during BRAINFest!.
Let’s Talk Science is a national charitable organization committed to building youth interest and engagement in science, engineering and technology. It is run out of 36 university and college campuses across the country. At the U of T St. George site, we mobilize graduate student volunteers studying science, engineering and technology to do hands-on/minds-on science activities with children and youth.
The Iowa Campus Compact Civic Ambassadors, Associate Provost for Outreach and Engagement, Center for Teaching and Community Based Learning Program are co-hosting a Civic Seminar that we would like to invite you to. The purpose of the seminar is to bring together members from University of Iowa and surrounding communities to discuss the state of civic engagement in our community and introduce Associate Provost for Outreach and Engagement, Linda Sneteslaar and her office as the centralized meeting portal between community and university.

Schedule | Intro Presentation | Photos

The Iowa Campus Compact Civic Ambassadors program allows up to two students per campus to participate in leadership development and networking opportunities and receive support for planning civic engagement and/or service opportunities on their campuses.
The Workshop offered an opportunity for University of Iowa community members to learn more about public engagement.
As part of the Family Free Nights we taught children and parets about math and development.
We are researchers and community members with the goal of affecting and engaging the public and policy makers by increasing awareness and understanding of TBI and its afflictions through the experiences/narratives of individuals affected by TBI. We hope that by personalizing the experience we can educate the public and policy makers and enact change. Find more here.
Members of the Neuroscience program attended the Iowa State Fair to share fun and interesting activities to learn about the brain with Iowans.
The Brain Awareness Week is a effort by the SfN to spread awareness about the brain.
The Brain Awareness Week is a effort by the SfN to spread awareness about the brain.

Neuroscience and Education

I developed an experiential-learning course for students in neuroscience and education to work with local teachers to bring evidence and research from neuroscience into the classroom. Here is a working syllabus for two courses. An IRB studying neuroscience literacy in school teachers as a pilot project before this course was proposed was accepted at the University of Iowa, but denied by both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids school districts.

Neuroscience Literacy

Poster Project

In the Fall of 2012 - My Intro Psychology class at Coe College created a web-­based resource for students and adults alike to learn about psychology and neuroscience. My thinking is that given the lack of literacy in neuroscience, others who are eager to learn about psychology and neuroscience should access this material for teaching and learning. You can see some examples below.

Wiki Project

In the Fall of 2013, two Intro classes created a wiki on the psychology of college students and all of the topics that are important to college students through the lens of psychology. You can find the wiki here.

During J-Term 2017, my Psychology of Stress course created a wiki on the psychology of stress for students in Dubuque to understand and relieve stress.

The Psychology of Website

In the Fall of 2015, my Introductory Psychology class created a website on a number of topics in psychology. You can find the website here

Science Exposed

In the Fall of 2015, my Introductory Psychology class created a book that was composed of chapters they wrote individually about confusing and misunderstood issues in science.

You can find the book on PressBooks here or for download   pdf   mobi   epub

Viral Neuroscience

In the Spring of 2016, my Cognitive Neuroscience class created infotainment about neuroscience topics. You can find their work here.

Engaged Brain Podcast

I started a podcast, The Engaged Brain Podcast, in the spring of 2016. The first guests were students in my Cognitive Neuroscience class. While I post the podcast on this website, its hosted on youtube here. I've also been working on a blog that works in conjunction with the podcast for a long time.

TBI Narratives

This project works with individuals with TBI with the goal to personalize the experience and educate the public through stories of individuals affected by TBI. Our website can be found here.