Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good

  • Chase Renninger in lab glasses

Chase Renninger

Alumni CSCG Fellow

My time in the CSCG has shown me how important communication is in science. The central focus of the difficulties between science and affecting the Common Good of the community is communicating the findings of science and avoiding any external motives in this explanation. I have met many professional scientists through the meals during speaker series events that have shown me the obstacles strewn throughout careers connecting science and the general public. This experience talking to scientific professionals helped me connect my interest in the basic sciences with the communication involved in health to show me how important doctors are for providing the most precise information to their patients, specifically for underserved populations that are simultaneously more vulnerable to exposure to harmful situations and also less able to access medical information.

Major / Minor / Campus Organizations

Majors in BCMB and Spanish  / Spanish Volunteering, MAPS (Minority Association for Pre-Health Students); PASS

My Research

I work with Dr. Ellison investigating the utility of carbon nanotubes in treatment of antibiotic resistant bacterial infections.

My CSCG Courses

POL-399 (Science and the Common Good); SOC110, Psyc100, SPAN440W, 

My CSCG Civic Internship

I shadowed doctors in Hospital Sanchinarro de Madrid in Madrid, Spain. During my time there, I was able to observe the differences in healthcare systems, as well as the cultural differences in approaching diseases like cancer.

Life After Ursinus

The interactions between scientists and the public in increasingly specialized fields interests me. I am drawn towards cancer and the challenge of communicating its intricacies to those without scientific backgrounds.