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Upcoming Events for Fall 2023

October 2nd —The NSC will be opening applications for the fall! Thank you for helping us to spread the word! (We'll close on Oct 27 and new admits will be accepted into the program the first week of November.)

October 4th —Notations Welcome Back Party! Come join your fellow NSC community for some pizza, drinks, story sharing, and laughter. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones! We'll be meeting in front of the grove right in front of Sweet Hall. 5:30-7 p.m. Can't wait to see you all! 

October 5th -- Opening reception 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! Reception is from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, in GreenLibrary, 2nd floor, Munger Rotunda

October 11th -- The NSC with Dr. Kevin Moore and the PWR99A ePortfolio class will be hosting Dr. Monica Gandhi for a guest talk and book reading from 4 to 5:30 p.m. 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'll be talking about her new book, ENDEMIC, and sharing some of her experiences on the frontlines of science communication. Location will be announced once the room is confirmed! 

October 16th -- For those of you interested in environmental justice and science communication, Stanford's EJ Working Group will be hosting its welcome back party at the Stanford O'Donohue Family Farm from 4:30-6:30 p.m! 

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

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

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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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