Market Science is a team of scientists from the University of Minnesota, and around the Twin Cities. We share science through hands-on learning activities and displays in order to start conversations between researchers and our communities. We started in 2013 at the Minneapolis Midtown Farmers Market and we have expanded to farmer’s markets, fairs, and other community events throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Explore our calendar to catch us at a place near you!
To start active and lively conversations between research scientists and community members, encourage ongoing engagement, and increase awareness of the role science and technology play in our communities.
- Bring science and scientists into our communities by sharing our research stories and providing activities to explore our research in informal community spaces, such as farmer’s markets and fairs.
- Train scientists to be effective science communicators and advocates. Scientists come from diverse backgrounds and have interesting personal and research stories to share. They have different interests and follow different pathways into the sciences. Market Science provides training and access to the public so that scientists can effectively and authentically share their stories and expertise with a general audience.
- Make science a family activity. We want to elevate science discourse in families so that everyone can interact with current publicly-funded research and engage their own natural curiosity.
- Meet people in their own neighborhoods and reach members of the community who may not normally interact with scientists or other science organizations.
- Provide training and resources to help scientists develop interactive and hands-on activities related to their research and communicate scientific content in an informal setting.
- Engage families and communities in conversations about science that promote scientific literacy; build capacity among young scientists, their families, and communities that support ongoing interest and understanding of science and technology.
Ryan Briscoe Runquist, Market Science Coordinator
Ryan is a postdoctoral associate with Dr. David Moeller.
I study invasive plant species in Minnesota. I use computer models to try and determine what places are most at risk for invasion in Minnesota.
Seth Thompson, Curriculum Committee
I study freshwater biogeochemistry and am particularly interested in the role of aquatic microbes in coupling the carbon and phosphorus cycles of inland waters. My current project focuses on quantifying the bioavailability of dissolved organic matter in lakes throughout Minnesota. In addition to my limnological interests, I am also passionate about bringing high level science education opportunities to students across the K-20 space and studying novel and transformative ways to approach science instruction.
Adam Engelhardt, Curriculum Committee
I am very interested in the ways in which authentic research experiences can be incorporated in undergraduate laboratory courses. My research interests relate to strategies for providing opportunities for a large number of students that are still interesting and engaging and allow students to truly experience the scientific process by asking their own questions and discovering new information. I am also interested in the ways in which technology can be incorporated in the classroom, from classroom response systems (clickers) to student-created video podcasts designed to present recent scientific literature.
Missy Rudeen, Curriculum Committee
#8yothesis: I help guide dozens of hands-on, student-developed, question-driven, projects in the Animal Behavior class at UMN each semester and maintain all of the live critters used in these projects.
Why I do market science: to help spread excitement about science through hands-on experiences, and to encourage everyone to ask questions about the world around them!
Jackie Noshay, Logistics Committee
#8yothesis: My research focus is on maize epigenomics specifically studying the interaction between transposable elements and DNA methylation to better understand DNA methylation's impact on phenotype.
Why I do Market Science: I am involved in Market Science because I believe it is a way for us to interact with our community and discuss important topics and spread science knowledge that can better our society.
Saumya Gupta, Logistics Committee
I am doing my PhD with Prof. Mark Bee in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. I study acoustic communication in frogs and the broad theme of my research is to understand how animals use sounds to perform biologically important functions in acoustically noisy environments. As a young scientist, I want to be a part of the scientific community that is actively involved in making science accessible to general public so that people like my family can understand what I do, and being a part of Market Science - one of the most innovative outreach program in the state - is helping me achieve that aim.
Amy Waananen, Logistics Committee
#8yothesis: I study how plants get bees to help them stay in touch when they're far apart.
Mary Packard, Social Media
My lab aims to invent transformative synthetic methods to reduce chemical waste generation, while simultaneously redefining how chemists approach making medicines. I study how the reactions work so that we can better develop new methods.
Daniel Stanton, Faculty Advisor
I study how some of the toughest plants on the planet, mosses and lichens, not only survive harsh conditions, but also change them in their favor. This involves working across Minnesota to determine how moss and lichen affect water flows through forests, but also abroad in high mountains and deserts.
Market Science was started in 2013 with a University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment mini-grant awarded to Mohamed Yakub, Jessica Biever, and Alyson Center.