Everything feels right about this and I cannot emphasize enough how excited I am!
I am currently a 2108-2019 fellow of the Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement, a program run through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and it inspired me to take my public engagement work to this new level. Up until now, my engagement has mostly been in the form of public talks, to everyone from science camps to panels at regional sci-fi/fantasy conventions. These opportunities made me realize that public speaking is something I enjoy and that I am skilled in communicating scientific concepts to general publics. The Leshner fellowship made it apparent that if I want to increase my impact, I have to reach more people, and a Youtube channel allows me to do just that.
I am grateful that my husband Charlie Klecha is going to be my partner in this endeavor. He has a depth of experience in a number of areas that will help make this project work. His path from stage and tour manager to nonprofit executive director makes him ideal for providing both technical and organizational support. In fact, we have just incorporated Octopus & Ape as a business and are working on attaining our 501 c3 nonprofit status.
Beginning March 2019 we will be launching weekly short (3-5 minute) Youtube videos (Please subscribe now here!). To start, these will mainly focus on human evolution but all living things are fair game. Our Instagram will feature nonhuman organisms more prominently until the Youtube channel heads into its second season in 2020.
I hope you will join me on this ride. I have an adorable logo, amazing support, and a lot of passion. Let's do this!