PBS39 to Host Skype a Scientist


This interactive, educational presentation at PBS39 will focus on the biology of squids.

Bethlehem, PA – December 6, 2018 – On Friday, December 7, PBS39 will host Sarah McAnulty, Founder of Skype a Scientist. McAnulty, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut, will stop by the studio and present a lesson in her specialty, the microbiomes of squid. Students will join her in the studio for PBS39’s presentation, which will include dissecting a squid to better understand these amazing creatures and their adaptations.

“We are excited to bring science to life through this new partnership,” Tim Fallon, Chief Executive Officer of PBS39 said. “This is just one of the many programs offered by our education department, working hard every day to make a meaningful difference in our community.”

Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classes K-12 to hold question and answer sessions on topics of interest to teachers and students. Sessions range from specialities, to what it’s like to be a scientist. McAnulty also works to match classes with under-represented groups of students and scientists from the same ethnic or socioeconomic group, so students can easily relate to the scientist.

“It is important to show students the diversity of scientists in our world today,” Catherine Reifsnyder, Manager of Education at PBS39 said. “We are fortunate to bring someone of McAnulty’s caliber to the Lehigh Valley.”

PBS39 looks forward to bringing monthly Skype a Scientist sessions to students, teachers and families through monthly programs at the PBS39 studios. Visit PBS39.org to learn more about the station’s educational initiatives. Visit SkypeASciencetist.com or email SkypeAScientist@gmail.com to learn more about the Skype a Scientist organization.

About PBS39
PBS39 is a community-owned public media station licensed to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, Pa., serving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. PBS39 is owned and operated by the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. PBS39 acts as the catalyst to promote civic engagement, and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley through its dynamic communication platforms and resources. PBS39 Reporter Corps journalists are embedded in the ten counties that make up the Greater Lehigh Valley, including Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon and Monroe in Pennsylvania, plus Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. The Reporter Corps creates community-focused content for PBS39 News Tonight and for the PBS39 digital platform. For more information, visit PBS39.org.


Information provided to TVL by:
Nicole Harrell
Public Relations/Promotions Manager, PBS39