Splash Biography

MICHAEL GROME, Yale Postdoc in Synthetic Biology

Major: Yale University - Instructor

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Michael Grome received his B.S. degrees in Plant Molecular Biology and Natural Resource Management from Cornell University in 2013. He then completed his PhD in Structural DNA Nanotechnology at Yale University in 2019, where he worked on bio-mimetic nano-machines to physically manipulate cell membranes. Now he is a postdoctoral associate in Synthetic Biology and Material Science. He teaches various courses for Yale Pathways to Science and Yale Splash centered around genetically modified organisms, philosophy of science, and controversies in Science and Society. He is always eager for opportunities to reach out to the public and talk science!

Past Classes

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S124: Science, Society, & Controversy: How To Think Like A Scientist in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
Why do we have such great divides on Climate Change, Vaccines, Evolution, GMOs, etc, etc, etc? This course in not about learning facts in science, but about the reasoning behind science and how we can apply it. Leave your certainties at the door. Course Structure: Socratic Seminar - this class is about thinking! Be ready to listen, share your thoughts, and challenge the teacher, each other, and yourself. What we'll discuss (time-dependent): -What actually is Science? -How does Science relate to Society? -Semantics (e.g. what is truth?) -Context: How can some believe in dragons? -Certainty, Subjectivity, & Objectivity -Scientific Method -Logic & Fallacies -Science-Public Controversies (may touch on climate change, gluten, GMOs, evolution, vaccines, junk food, designer babies, etc - determined by class interest) NOTE: This course is originally designed for 75+ minute in-person discussions. Thus, we will likely not get through all the material, but the powerpoint can be provided as a resource.