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Talking About Science in a Changing Society

Dr. Jayatri Das, Chief Bioscientist at The Franklin Institute, explains her passion for communicating science to the public, a task more essential than ever in today’s changing society.

Currently, Dr. Das is working on new exhibits at The Franklin Institute about the human brain and sports. She is also involved in national programs to help communicate advances in nanotechnology and materials science to audiences in science centers across the country.

Her career in science began as a double-major at Penn State University where she earned a B.S. in biology and a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology. Awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship in Biological Sciences, she went on to earn her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University. Afterwards, she took a position as a postdoctoral researcher in biology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Before joining The Franklin Institute, Jayatri was awarded a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship from The National Academies, during which she conducted evaluation and developed programs for the Marian Koshland Science Museum in Washington, DC. Currently, she serves on the advisory board of, an online community of gifted precollege students run by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. She is also an invited Fellow of the Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania.