I love delivering lectures to the public! I have been the People's Choice winner in two speaking competitions at the University of Kentucky, and I was chosen as a Naturalist Lecturer on a cruiseline (canceled due to covid-19). You can get a sense of my public speaking style in this 3-minute video shown on the right (my part starts at 2:57).
workshop: Designing scientific products for people with disabilities
In 2020 I designed a one-hour workshop titled "Design for Disabilities: How to make sure that your figures, posters, and powerpoints can be enjoyed by all." The workshop introduced the concept of universal design, and included practical tips for making sure that scientific products are made to be accessible for folks with dyslexia, colorblindness, visual impairment, and other disabilities. The workshop was first delivered as part of a Lunch-and-Learn series in the Biology Department at the University of Kentucky (UK). It has since been delivered to UK undergraduate and graduate courses. If you would like me to deliver this one-hour workshop for your group or university, please send an email to kathryn.everson [at] uky.edu
"Data Worth Seeing:" A Social Media Initiative
In 2020 I created "Data Worth Seeing" -- a Facebook page where I post infographics that help explain scientific topics to a public audience. You can see these infographics on my website here. The most popular of these infographics -- an explanation of the scientific publishing process -- has been shared over 80,000 times on Facebook, reaching an estimated 15 million people. This infographic has also been spun off into a poster for K-12 classrooms and an open-access video for STEMsi which I narrated.
Workshop: Morphometrics in R (University of Antananarivo, Madagascar)
In 2016, I led a 3-day workshop for graduate students in the Vahatra Association at the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. This workshop taught students how to perform morphometric analyses and statistics in R, and how to use R to retrieve and analyze data from environmental and museum databases.
"Meet the mammals:" a 2-week summer camp for middle schoolers in alaska
In 2017, I co-led a two-week day camp for middle-school students through the Alaska Summer Research Academy with graduate student Kendall Mills. This camp experience, which I titled "Meet the Mammals" introduced the students to the mammals of Alaska, how the native peoples of Alaska interact with these mammals, and how scientists study these mammals today.
Other service for public and professional audiences
- Speaker at local K-12 classrooms and community centers in Fairbanks, Alaska and Lexington, Kentucky
- Peer reviewer for 12 scientific journals since 2011
- Committee member: Conservation Awards Committee, American Society of Mammalogists (ASM)
- Member: Afrotheria Specialist Group, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
- Coordinator, University of Kentucky Biology Department weekly Happy Hour event (2019-21)
- Contributor, Molecular Ecologist Blog (2016-17)
- President, Biology Graduate Student Association at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (2014)