A bit about myself

Born and raised on a beautiful costal city in northeast China called Yantai, I’m now a senior biology undergraduate at Gettysburg College, in Gettysburg, PA. On this beautiful liberal art campus adjacent to the famous battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, I spent my past three and a half years pursuing my dream to become a biologist.

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Skyline of my home city from the sea. Yantai, China.

Science has always been an important part of my life. I have been doing research with Dr. Ryan Kerney (one of the greatest mentors in my life) in the biology department for more than three years to study the secrets behind the living together of salamander and algae. The three years of research experience not only have helped enhanced my science background and skills, but also make me realize the information gap between scientists and the general public who are not in the frontline of science.

I always consider myself as a talky storyteller. I enjoy interacting with people and sharing my life experiences and stories with them. Especially, I love talking to people about science, such as my recent research findings, what I have just learned in class, and interesting things I just read in the journal.

Although I would never have imagined that I could ever become an artist, I did. Thanks to the liberal art education, I was exposed to studio art and immediately fell in love with it. I love the ways in which artists passionately formulate and sophisticate their works in order to express the ideas and information to the audience in a natural yet powerful and resonating manner.

Until one day, it occurred to me that since I love the wisdom of conveying ideas in art and I love talking about science, why don’t I apply what I’ve learned in art to promote the communication of science. Since then, I was devoted to become a science communication “artist”. So, here I am. I started this website as the “window” for me to talk about science stuff, hoping to share science with more and more people regardless their science background.

Want to get in touch with me? Feel free to email me at zhanhu01@gettysburg.edu!