I believe that coupling research with education is the best way to share scientific knowledge and improve communication with the public.  I have had the pleasure of working on a variety of extension and outreach projects while at Penn State.  Some highlights of this work include providing plant disease information online, helping with programming and exhibits at a children's science museum, developing educational activities for the Girl Scouts, working on a number of projects as a Master Gardener, and volunteering with the American Chestnut Foundation.