Engagement breaks down the wall: Students see firsthand they can learn from someone who is a non-scientist but who is also an expert.
About the Fellow
- Senior Lecturer, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Mark Sarvary’s faculty profile
- 2018-19, Faculty Fellow in Engaged Scholarship
- Arts, Communication, Media and Design; Education
By engaging non-technical audiences in discussions about scientific discoveries, public science events have the potential to gradually increase community scientific literacy. Mark Savary is assessing the effect of Ithaca’s Science Cabaret on community science literacy over its more than 12 years of offering free, informal talks by graduate students and faculty. In collaboration with undergraduate students and Kitty Gifford, the program director and lead curator of the Science Cabaret, Savary is surveying the program’s effect on individuals, the community and local decision-making on science-related issues. In addition, Savary is developing how-to guides to assist other communities in starting and sustaining effective public science events.
Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program
A yearlong cohort program in which faculty dive deep into the theory and practice of community-engaged learning; meet monthly to discuss readings, share projects and workshop challenges; and help transform what it means to teach at Cornell