We shared our love for microbes and extremophiles with our Austin community recently as part of the Hot Science Cool Talks program. In cooperation with the UT Austin Environmental Science Institute (ESI), our group helped put on a science fair for the community before a presentation from Dr. Contreras.
About 300 people attended the science fair and the talk, and about 50 watched via live streaming on the internet. Attendees included ~50 elementary school students, ~35 of whom participated through the Ciencias program.
Hot Science Cool Talks is a program organized by ESI that aims to bring cutting edge research at the University to the community in Austin. Geared towards a general audience, the program includes a science fair with hands on demonstrations from several research groups and student organizations, a presentation from an invited researcher on their area of work, a spanish language presentation of the talk, and a question and answer session following the talk.