What makes the CESTEMER community unique are all of the outstanding participants who boldly cross disciplinary lines in their work, while creating and sharing all of the fun that can be along the way. Here we highlight many of these individuals with the CESTEMER Speaker Spotlights Series, where we’ve asked presenters from CESTEMER 17 and CESTEMER 19 to answer a few questions about what excites them about our community and the intersection with their passions.
Hi! I’m Carrie Kroehler, the associate director of the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech. I attended CESTEMER 2017 in Chicago and met a diverse group of people from all over the country and from many disciplines and walks of life. I came home wonderfully reinvigorated and bursting with ideas to meet the challenges of helping people connect and communicate across differences.
I’m a workshop facilitator for CESTEMER this year. But I guarantee that whatever you get from my workshop is going to be tiny compared to what I get from interacting with all of you. CESTEMER is about sharing experiences, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a presenter or an attendee–everyone’s experiences and perspectives are equally important. What do you do? How does your work intersect with the CESTEMER theme this year? How do you think about STEM education and research? You’ll find plenty of people eager to know.
Remember the old camp song? “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold”? That’s CESTEMER. I first heard about it from a friend, who heard about it from a former student. You may meet old friends, you’ll definitely make new, and the whole experience will be silver and gold. Be ready to listen, to learn, to play, to be taken out of your comfort zone, to laugh, and to be inspired.