A few weeks ago my partner shared a TED Talk with me that changed how I conceptualize data communication. In it Dr. Wanda Diaz Merced, an astronomer who lost her eyesight in her early twenties, discusses her journey back into science after this setback. A crucial technique helped her interpret hefty astronomy data sets- sonification. Sonification turns data into sound. It is analogous to data visualization, where both methods aim to communicate patterns and relationships within data clearly and efficiently.
Resources For students Broad Undergraduate Teaching Assistanceships
Opportunities vary per university, but check with your department and work-study websites for information. Sometimes these opportunities aren’t advised well- if you have a class where you would like to do this, it doesn’t hurt to ask the instructor about opportunities!
Here is an example program: University of Texas College of Natural Sciences NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
American Physiology Society Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship
There are a lot of insects in the world. Like a lot a lot. Recent estimates put the number of insect speciesat a whopping 5.5 million. Only about a million have names, leaving the other 4.5 million or so species undescribed. To put this into context, there are 8,053 described amphibian speciesand the projected number of undescribed species remains in the thousands. While I consider all life to be equally important (and I’m particularly fond of amphibians- I mean, just look at these), the gap in our understanding of insect diversity is especially concerning.