Cáceres Lab Outreach





2nd Annual Children's Museum Day Camp - Girls Do Science (June 2013)

Orpheum Children's Museum Day Camp - Girls Do Science:
June 2013 marked the second year of Champaign-Urbana's week long "Girls Do Science!" camp for girls entering 2nd through 6th grade. This partnership between the Orpheum Children's Science Museum was co-directed by Carla Cáceres (Animal Biology/UIUC), Katy Heath (Plant Biology/UIUC), and Katie Hicks (Education Director/Orpheum Children's Museum).

Campers were engaged in a variety of science activities including but not limited to: Prairie plant scavenger hunt, microbe exploration, fun facts about Daphnia, and a tour of the Pollinitarium with Lesley Deem.
Daphnia in the News!

Environmental Almanac: Studying tiny creatures to answer big questions
With help from Rob Kanter of the Environmental Almanac, one of Chris and Carla’s large scale field experiments (in collaboration with Kim Schulz at SUNY-ESF) was featured in an Environmental Almanac article (published in the News Gazzette - 03/03/2013). This article (titled: Studying tiny creatures to answer big questions ) highlights the major objectives of Chris’s Master’s thesis project which attempts to understand the roles of intra- and inter- species variation on community assembly dynamics in aquatic systems
Children's Museum Day Camp - Girls Do Science (June 2012)

Orpheum Children's Museum Day Camp - Girls Do Science:
Girls Do Science was an event co-sponsored by CU's Orpheum Children's Science Museum and NSF grant DEB 1120804 awarded to Carla Cáceres. Thanks to the diverse background of involved graduate students, UIUC Faculty, and Orpheum Staff volunteers, campers were engaged in fun science exhibits from bird identification and a wild flower walk to embryology.
Chris Holmes and John Crawford's Research Published in Local News Magazine
  Smile Politely (Chris Holmes) Life on Earth - why are there so many of us? This article explores how Chris uses the interface of community ecology and evolultionary biology to understand biodiversity patterns. The full article can be found here:
http://www.smilepolitely.com/culture/science_politely_life_on_earth_-_why_are_there_so_many_of_us/

Smile Politely (John Crawford) Balance and Barrier. A short introduction to some of the freshwater invasive species in the Midwest. The full article can be found here:
http://www.smilepolitely.com/culture/science_politely_balance_and_barrier/


This was made possible by a course on NSF broader impacts and community outreach Instructed by Dr. Katy Heath (Amplifying the Signal - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Her website can be found here
Resources For Teachers
  The Caceres lab has made a list of lesson plan resources for science teachers. To access these resources, you may click HERE