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Upcoming Events for Spring 2024

Flyer for Maquilapolis screening. Event information in the text below.

Thursday, May 23, 2024 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM | Roble Hall Theater

In a world where multi-national factories may move anywhere while workers remain stuck, what happens when women in Tijuana fight back? It is with great excitement that we invite you to the screening of Maquilapolis, an especially personal and fascinatingly styled documentary about the terrible conditions of people who work in the factories belonging to multinationals on the Mexican-American border. This screening will include free food, interactive activities, and a panel discussion with the filmmaker and voices from our Stanford community. We expect it to be a full house so make sure to RSVP, ASAP! We look forward to seeing you there!


Flyer announcing the launch party for Fronds. Event information in the text below.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 | 6 PM | O'Donohue Family Farm

From NSC students and managing editors Tanvi Dutta Gupta and Aiyana Washington: "We're so excited to invite you to the LAUNCH of the second (!!!) volume of Fronds, our Stanford anthology of EJ storytelling! We've gathered work from 24 fabulous storytellers and artists from the Stanford community, across generations, schools, and disciplines, but all building beautiful, heart-stopping narratives of what an environmentally just future could look like. We're so excited to share the published book that collects their creations, and we want to celebrate their art with you. Join us at the O'Donohue Family Farm, Wednesday, May 29, at 6 PM for an evening of storytelling, music, and delicious food - as well as the chance to get your very own copies of the anthology. Contributors from Fronds will be sharing their pieces and there'll also be an open mic for anyone who wants to join in the art-making! Please RSVP so we have a sense of numbers and can accommodate dietary restrictions. I promise, you don't want to miss this."


May 2024

May 9, 2024

A flyer with background gradient going from purple to orange with white letters stating "The Notation in Cultural Rhetorics Presents 2nd Annual Senior Story Jam "Changing Places." Stories told live by seniors who've made it through! Put your name the hat for open mic! Free Admission and Free Food! Harmony House 561 Lomita Dr., 9 May 2024, Doors 6:30, Show 7:30." RSVP at bit.ly_SAX2024. Headshots of seniors and storytellers Ashton Berg, Nitara Connally, Kyla Figueroa, and Briana Maytee Garcia in row at top.

What does it mean to move from The Fam to The Farm, to seek out new homes and foundations, and then to leave even those behind? What are the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Stanford students who live at multiple intersections? Seniors tell true stories live on the theme "Changing Places" at the NCR's second annual Senior Story Jam! Nitara Connally, Kyla Figueroa, and inaugural NCR grads Ashton Berg and Briana Maytee Garcia will take to the stage. Students can put their name in the hat for a chance to tell their stories as well.

April 2024

April 17th

Flyer for planetary health storytelling workshop with information about the workshop and a central image of a man speaking into a microphone to a small group

In this dynamic workshop, participants practiced the skills and mindsets that fuel effective collaboration and communication. These included: listening, building on the ideas of others, turning mistakes into new opportunities, trusting our ideas, and using storytelling as effective communication.

The workshop was led by Collective Capital, a change and innovation consultancy based in San Francisco and New York City, facilitated by Austin Meyer and Zoe Novic. Austin is a Stanford graduate and documentary filmmaker who has reported on planetary health issues around the world, and Zoe is a public health advocate working with California hospitals.

April 9th

NSC student Aya Aziz published an article in The Stanford Daily about Stanford doctors developing the first FDA-approved gene-editing treatment. Aya first worked on this article for her public audience text in Meg Formato's Intro to Science Communication course. Congrats to Aya and Meg!

December 2023

December 31st

NSC coordinator Emily Polk, along with her PWR colleagues Christine Alfano and Jennifer Stonaker, published an article on the NSC titled "Science Communication across Disciplines: Reflecting on STEM Identity Building through Notation in Science Communication ePortfolios." You can read the open access article here.

December 7th

Environmental Justice Open Mic flyer with an autumnal theme of cream, brown, orange, and red natural images and text boxes on a cream background

The NSC, along with the Environmental Justice Working Group, Stanford Storytelling Project, and Notation in Cultural Rhetorics hosted a night of EJ storytelling to celebrate the release of Fronds: a Stanford EJ Anthology. Dinner, warm beverages, community and cozy vibes were provided. 

October 2023

October 16th

Event flyer for talk with Dr. Monica Gandhi. A photo of a smiling Dr. Gandhi in a lab coat and stethoscope is prominent in the upper right of the flyer. A photo of her book is featured to the left of the photo.

The NSC with Dr. Kevin Moore and the PWR99A ePortfolio class hosted Dr. Monica Gandhi for a guest talk and book reading. Dr. Gandhi is a renowned professor of medicine and associate division chief of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at UCSF and a prolific writer. She talked about her new book, ENDEMIC, and shared some of her experiences on the frontlines of science communication. Lane History Corner, Room 200-034 

October 5th

An opening reception was held for the exhibit, Embodied Knowledge: Women and Science Before Silicon Valley. From the website: "This exhibit explores the long history of women pursuing scientific, medical, and technical knowledge from the Middle Ages through the mid-twentieth century. It showcases Stanford’s considerable holdings for this subject, including the role of our own university in this history." Former NSC coordinator Dr. Meg Shields Formato and several NSC students collaborated on this project. Dr. Formato and NSC student Maryam Tsegaye are pictured below, along with a 17th century book of poems on atomism that Maryam studied and wrote the label for. Also pictured is Mia Cano's contribution to the exhibit catalog, a survey of women in science and engineering at Stanford from 1891 - 1905. 

Two people stand next to a display case at an exhibit
book display with label
proof page of NSC student Mia Cano's contribution to the exhibition catalogue

June 2023

June 18

Sixteen students graduated this spring with their Notation in Science Communication. We wish the following NSC graduates a warm "congratulations" for all of their excellent work!

  • Namitha Alexander, B.S. in Biology
  • Evan Baldonado will be conferring his degrees next year with anMS and BS in Computer Science, a Minor in Environmental Justice, and a Minor in Human Rights 
  • Trevor Cambron, B.C. in Earth Systems
  • Kelly Dunn, B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems
  • Tanvi Dutta Gupta, B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Computer Science
  • Sonja Hansen, B.S. in Earth Systems
  • Alana Hernandez, B.A. in Human Biology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
  • Jackie Lu, B.S. in Human Biology
  • David Ludeke, M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering
  • Aisling Murran, B.S. in Biology (Ecology and Evolution track) with Honors and a Minor in Computer Science
  • Sarah Olmstead, B.S. with Honors in Human Biology
  • Hayden Frank Reynoso, B.S. in (neuro)Biology
  • Brendan Sorrell, B.S. in Computer Science
  • Lexi Straube, B.S. with Honors in Human Biology: Neurobiology, Behavior, and Health
  • Aspen Stuart-Cunningham, B.S. in Physics
  • Nadin Tamer, B.S. in Computer Science and a Minor in Education

Read more about the graduates in the June 2023 Student Spotlight.

June 3

Students from PWR 91JSA: Communicating Science in Public Spaces presented the exhibition they've developed on the history, plants, and caretakers of the Arizona Cactus Garden

May 2023

The Notation in Cultural Rhetorics was profiled in the Stanford Report. Read the article here!

March 2023

Alumni from the Notation in Science Communication program spoke to current students and Stanford community members at a panel on March 1st. They spoke about how they use the science communication skills they cultivated in the NSC to build successful careers in public service, environmental communication, healthcare, and educational technology. A recording of the event can be viewed here.

February 2023

February 23rd

NSC senior Sonja Hansen performed an hour long stand-up set for her Earth Systems Capstone on young adulthood and the climate crisis titled "Swimming in my Grandmother."

February 15th

event flyer with headshots of panel participants on a bright green background

On February 15th, the Notation in Science Communication co-hosted "Writing the Mountains, Trees and Air.” The event featured Stanford scientist-authors Rob Jackson, Lauren E. Oakes, and Richard Nevle, who shared their books, poems, and more. 

February 14-15th

NCR student Briana Garcia hosted poet Jimmy Santiago Baca for a series of events including a film screening, poetry workshop, and poetry reading.





NSC student Tanvi Dutta Gupta published an op-ed in The Stanford Daily titled "Why Stanford's sustainability school needs environmental justice art."

February 2nd

event flyer featuring image of books on top of a basketball and headshots of symposium participants

On February 2nd, from 6:00-7:30PM, the Notation in Cultural Rhetorics hosted "The Long Game," a special symposium on student-athlete culture and identity. The event featured former student athletes: William Broussard, PhD, Deborah Bjonerud, Alex Massialas, Racine Davis, and Ben Williams. NCR Coordinator Dr. Harriett Jernigan moderated.

A recording of the symposium can be viewed here.

January 2023

NSC graduate Vrinda Suresh co-authored a blog post on ocean science policy, titled "What the BBNJ negotiations could mean for the ocean’s ‘twilight zone’" that was published on the Environmental Defense Fund's website.

December 2022

The SF Chronicle published NSC student Annie Ostojic's op-ed on December 15, 2022. The article, titled “Medical Deepfake Disinformation is Coming. We Aren’t Ready,” is based on work Annie conducted for her PWR 2 RBA in Kevin Moore's Propaganda and Rhetoric class. In the article, Annie discusses the implications of the potential loss of the “epistemic backstop” in biomedicine. 

November 2022

November 11: Music at the Farm: A Conversation with Okaidja Afroso

Please join us for an informal gathering of community at Stanford’s magical O’Donohue Family Farm to meet Ghanaian musician and composer Okaidja Afroso. The Portland-based artist draws from the ecological knowledge of the Indigenous Gadangme fishermen of Ghana’s Atlantic Gulf of Guinea to grapple with what it means to commune with the spirits of the sea in the face of climate change and modernization.

Click here for more information and to RSVP

This event is co-presented by the Environmental Justice Working Group, the Notations in Science Communication and Cultural Rhetorics, the Center for African Studies, and Stanford Live.

October 2022

October 3 - 28: Application Open for NCR and NSC

Applications for both the NCR and NSC are due no later than October 28th by 5 PM. 

September 2022

September 28: Notations Pizza Party

The Notation in Cultural Rhetorics and the Notation in Science Communication had a joint pizza party to kick off the new year on September 28th. Thanks to all the students and other supporters of the notations who stopped by to say hello!

people standing around a picnic table eating pizza with trees in background

June 2022

Seven students graduated this spring with their Notation in Science Communication. We wish the following NSC graduates a warm "congratulations" for all of their excellent work!

  • May Aye, Environmental Systems Engineering (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Citlali Blanco, Human Biology (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Joshua Buchi, Human Biology 
  • Natalie Cross, Earth Systems 
  • Trudie Grattan, Human Biology B.S. and Earth Systems M.A.
  • Vrinda Suresh, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Nuzhah Tarsoo, Earth Systems

Read more about the graduates in the June 2022 Student Spotlight.

May 2022 

May 9 - May 23: NSC Spring Application Cycle

Applications to join the Notation in Science Communication are due by 5PM on May 23rd. After the 23rd, you can continue to apply on a rolling basis. See the NSC Application Process page for more information.

April 2022

April 22, 2022 - Teach 2022 Conference Plenary

NSC students hold up laptops showing their ePortfolio

Join the NSC Class of 2022 and NSC Coordinator Emily Polk for a plenary panel discussion at the Teach 2022 Sustainable Teaching and Learning conference on April 22, 2022.

Register Today!


April 4 - April 18: NCR Spring Application Cycle

Applications to join the Notation in Cultural Rhetorics are due by 5PM on April 18th. After the 18th, you can continue to apply on a rolling basis. See the NCR Application Process page for more information.

March 2022

Evan Baldonado headshot; Credit: Omar Baldonado

Notation student Evan Baldonado was featured in a Stanford Report article about the new environmental justice minor offered by the Earth Systems Program and the new Earth school focused on climate and sustainability. 

Image Credit: Omar Baldonado


February 2022

February 25th - Dimensions of Asian and Asian American Rhetorics

flyer for program featuring headshots of panel participants

Presented by the Notation in Cultural Rhetorics, the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, and the Asian American Activities Center (A3C), this panel discussion explores what the study of rhetoric looks like in the context of Asian and Asian American experiences. PWR Faculty Director Adam Banks will be joined by Professors Haivan Hoang, Rory Ong, and Jennifer Sano-Franchini.


February 23rd - NSC Alumni Panel

NSC alumni participating in panel discussion

Join us for our first NSC Alumni Panel (over Zoom) on February 23rd from 5:30-7 p.m. PST! Former NSC students will share what they did after graduation, how science communication informs their lives and their advice and guidance for current students.

If you'd like to view a recording of the event, please email the NSC coordinator at

November 2021

flyer for program showing students taking notes and headshots of panel participants

Join us as we officially kickoff the Notation in Cultural Rhetorics program with a special panel and discussion on Dimensions of Mexican American Rhetoric on Friday, November 5th at 1:00. PWR Faculty Director Adam Banks will be joined by Professors Gabriela Rios from University of Colorado Boulder, Aja Martinez from University of North Texas, and Jaime Mejia from Texas State University.


June 2021

Eight students graduated this spring with their Notation in Science Communication. We wish the following NSC graduates a warm "congratulations" for all of their excellent work!

  • Margot Bellon, Biology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Alan Brantley, Engineering | Product Design
  • Wajih Chaudhry, History
  • Osanna Drake, Earth Systems
  • Jordan Ferre, Earth Systems
  • Kate LeBlanc, Biology (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Ilham Osman, Human Biology
  • Noam Ringach, Mathematics (awarded Notation with Distinction)

Read more about the graduates in the June 2021 Student Spotlight.

June 2020

Seventeen students graduated this spring with their Notation in Science Communication. We wish the following NSC graduates a warm "congratulations" for all of their excellent work!

  • Rachel Anders, Human Biology (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Laura Anderson, Biology (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Lea Bourgade, Human Biology (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Mikaela Brewer, Human Biology and Minor in Creative Writing
  • Jordan Brinn, Environmental Systems Engineering
  • Alexandre Bucquet, Mathematical and Computational Science (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Niza Contreras, Earth Systems (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Robel Daniel, Computer Science and Political Science
  • Audrey Elliot, Human Biology (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Soraya Fereydooni, Biology
  • Redeat Gebeyehu, Human Biology
  • Rebecca Nelson, Biology (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Mailo Numazu, Human Biology (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Nana Peterson, Biology (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Amelia Traylor, Biomechanical Engineering (awarded Notation with Distinction)
  • Jenny M. Vo-Phamhi, BAH in Classics and BS in Computer Science
  • Zheng Yan, Computer Science

Read more about the graduates in the June 2020 Student Spotlight.

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