Science helps us make our world cleaner, be healthier, and improves our understanding of the world we live in. Since science goes slowly, we work to help our community understand the impact of scientific research today.
The Dempsey group helps members of our community appreciate the wonders of science through several means, each intended to help others learn something new about the world around us. Through the Morehead Planetarium’s Inspiring Meaningful Programs and Communication Through Science (IMPACTS) Program (formerly the Science Communication Ambassadors Program), many of our graduate students have made hands-on activities for the public to learn about the science we do. For example, we have made activities about the really tiny bits of matter we call quantum dots to explain why they are so colorful and useful, as well as an activity to explore how a plant synthesizes sugar. We continue to have a lot of fun making new hand-on activities and exploring these ideas with children and parents. We showcase these activities at events like the UNC Science Festival, programs at Morehead Planetarium and in local schools.
Did you ever see scientists give ‘magic’ shows when you were a kid in school? Once a year we visit Rand Road Elementary School to put on ‘magic’ shows and to help kids learn the science behind it all! We also have the wonderful chance to judge science fair projects at the Rand Road science fair each spring.
We welcome opportunities to open our labs to visitors and share what we do every day. We routinely give tours to groups including the Climate LEAP and ADMIRES programs, visiting students, and even our parents!
In addition to educating members of our local North Carolina community, the Dempsey Group has developed resources to help newcomers to our scientific community. Specifically we have published tutorials (#48 and #22) that illustrate how electroanalytical tools can be applied to investigate reaction mechanism. Through these articles, we have provided researchers with approachable and comprehensive guides to applying cyclic voltammetry to assess molecular elecctrocatalysts in their own research programs. We hope these contributions will advance the field by guiding researchers in the application of best experimental practices for the assessment of homogeneous electrocatalysts.