Hannah Alexander

Hannah Alexander
Research Associate Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences

PhD, 1992 University of Missouri

Research Summary

Science outreach programs for adult audiences.

Research Description

My interest is in promoting the public’s understanding and appreciation of the role of science in our everyday lives. My activities are geared toward providing training for students to explain their science to the general public and generating opportunities for them to do so.

I have been instrumental in developing two graduate-level courses in the Division of Biological Sciences and a graduate certificate in science outreach. In Public Understanding of Science, students are mentored as they prepare a presentation and talk about a scientific topic of their choice, depicting the role of science in these issues, for an adult lay audience. Integrating Science with Outreach is a vehicle for graduate students to acquire academic credit for science outreach related activities they are involved with. The Science Outreach Graduate Certificate is based on 6 credit hours of academic work, and 6 credit hours of Outreach activities.

More recently, I have been focused on promoting science outreach more broadly. I adopted “Public Understanding of Science” to an undergraduate course at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. I also am a member of the Public Outreach Committee of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), where I have been involved in the development and tutoring of the “Art of Science Communication,” an online course focused on providing fundamental science communication skills to students and faculty.

Awards and Honors

ASBMB Public Outreach Committee Member 2012

Selected Publications

See the Alexander Lab Website for a list of publications.