Katie Stofer is Research Assistant Professor of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education and Outreach in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida. She studies public engagement with science, particularly what makes public engagement effective for both scientists and various publics, and designs new models of public engagement.
Resources for Public Engagement and Outreach (4/7/2021) - Here’s another oldie-but-goodie pulled from pages as IFAS migrates blogs. These are some of the public engagement with science (aka science outreach or informal science education or science communication) resources I have found in my... Read More Back in the swing for fall (9/11/2018) - Over the summer, there were several changes to our TIDESS project team. We said goodbye to Carrie, who won a prestigious award to help her finish her dissertation (defense scheduled for October 25!), and Peter,... Read More $58 million … is it a lot or not? (8/14/2018) - Well, it depends. $58 million is what NASA estimates a trip around the moon as a SpaceX tourist would cost. For most people, it’s out of reach compared to our median U.S. incomes of $59... Read More #Citizenscience redux and video (8/7/2017) - I took on an #extension fellowship in 2015 on citizen science, to promote its use throughout #coopext. This continues to pay dividends, as I am now in the process of taking on my first PhD... Read More New TIDESS project website! (4/12/2017) - We are rocking and rolling now on my NSF AISL project, now called Touch Interaction for Data Engagement on Spherical Screens (formerly Think Globally, Interact Locally). So we have our own website for it, with... Read More GEO students visit UF labs (2/15/2017) - Over the past few weeks, the Geoscience Engagement and Outreach (GEO) students from Santa Fe College have been visiting the labs of the UF mentors in preparation for selecting which mentors they want to work with.... Read More This reporter gets it! (11/29/2016) - This article in the Gainesville Sun today really captures the essence of the public engagement I’m trying to do. It was really exciting to have the reporter spend so much time covering this. Thanks again... Read More LITW students present at NMEA 2016 (6/29/2016) - Two of my undergraduate research students, Esther and Meghana, presented a poster of our preliminary research plan for “talk science with me” at the National Marine Educators Association 2016 Conference this week in Orlando. They... Read More More updates – from an undergraduate collaborator! (4/8/2016) - Check out all the progress on a museum data visualization prototype exhibit I am working on with two colleagues in UF’s Computer and Information Sciences department. These posts are by Annie Luc, our undergraduate collaborator,... Read More Another grant I'm working on – #USDAHEC (3/21/2016) - In 2015, Dr. Brantlee Spakes-Richter and I, with members of the American Phytopathological Society, received a USDA Higher Ed Challenge award to study introductory plant pathology (plant disease) curricula across the U.S. We want to... Read More Dr. Stofer goes to Washington (10/20/2015) - I was recently privileged to attend the White House’s forum on citizen science (aka public participation in scientific research). I blogged about the new toolkit released to promote and support citizen science and the potential... Read More STEM … plus plus plus = ??? (9/24/2015) - So STEM. I talked about what it means to me in an earlier brief post. I most often hear it as an acronym for “science, technology, engineering, and math,” as in “STEM Education” (in fact,... Read More No data is too obvious to publish (8/17/2015) - One of the main goals of the UF Ag-STEM lab is to help re-connect what have become separate, siloed disciplines: science and agriculture. I have a research publication out about the potential to do that in... Read More Off to NARST and AERA (4/9/2015) - I’m headed to NARST and AERA in Chicago next week. I’ll be presenting at NARST in two sessions: The Basu Scholars Symposium and a Strand 2 Session Tuesday morning. The pace of publication – does qualitative take longer? (12/8/2014) - I just had my first paper from my dissertation published: Comparing Experts and Novices on Scaffolded Data Visualizations using Eye-tracking. It was on the (mostly) quantitative results of my mixed-methods study, completed in early 2013.... Read More What does STEM mean to me? (10/22/2014) - I got a chance to look back at my former lab at Oregon State today:, and I saw Susan’s post asking what I think of as STEM? As those who know my career path might... Read More Teaching with Visualizations of Data (5/1/2014) - Teaching with Visualizations of Data Suggestions for teachers (aimed currently at high school level, but adaptable) to help students learn with visualizations of data