Science engagement through comedy

sofa17_wMasksCurrent work

Just this semester — winter 2022 — I have organized a group of undergraduates to develop academia-themed stand-up comedy routines, to be performed at the annual Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) at NY Tech on April 29.  The long-term plan is to broaden this work for public engagement and outreach events.  The project is funded by National Science Foundation grant 2139004.

Previous work

I co-founded Reality Aside Theatre, a 501(c)3 non-profit, with my husband Wayne Yeager in 2007.  From 2007 to 2010 we produced comedic plays in Manhattan for general audiences, and a touring educational science-themed sketch comedy show Spin One-half.  We went on hiatus when I decided to finish my PhD, and now we look forward to bringing it back, via the comedy group I’ve begun with students.

Here’s one clip of Spin One-Half from the “Rocky Relations” sketch.  Here, a young man’s marriage proposal – which involves a hunk of graphite rather than a diamond – teaches us some basic chemistry: