Emily Barter, Ph.D.


Emily Barter is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Denver. Her interest in science began as a child, when she started performing chemistry experiments with her father at the kitchen table. Growing up, her interest in science was supported by those around her and she was fortunate to have amazing professors and classmates during her time in both college and graduate school. As a graduate student at Indiana University, she taught a service learning in chemistry course, where she and her students worked within the community to foster interest, knowledge, and appreciation for the sciences. This experience sparked her interest in science outreach and her passion for communicating complex science topics in ways that are engaging, memorable, and relatable.

Now, as a professor herself, she strives to provide her students with the support and encouragement she was given as a student and works to build a community within her courses that is one of inquiry and inclusiveness. She hopes that her passion for science is contagious and that her students leave her courses with the knowledge and skills to use science when making decisions that impact their health, the environment, and the well-being of their communities. She also believes in the power of kindness and thinks that even a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

Watch the team's Video answer to "What is Climate?" here!




Dylan Appleby
Student at the University of Denver
I am so glad that kids enjoyed our video as much as I enjoyed making it! I will always be thankful to my professor, Dr. Barter, who opened me up to this amazing opportunity and experience! I hope I can inspire others to enjoy the discovery of new information, no matter the subject.

Isaiah Jakab

Isaiah Jakab
Student at the University of Denver
Isaiah Jakab passionately believes in education and fostering a better world. Though it sounds trite, he cares about people and wants to make their home, their Earth, a better place. Earnest Hemingway articulated it best when he said, “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” Isaiah wants to fight for the world through far-reaching goals, like ameliorating poverty, as well as through more particular goals, like teaching future leaders about the importance of climate. He seeks to find and encourage those people who are dedicated to the same objective, so that he can join with them to fight for this Earth.

piers mccarthy

Piers McCarthy
Student at the University of Denver
I have always been passionate about literacy and believe that the need for science literacy is becoming more and more important. With increased science literacy, I believe that we could see a decrease in the denial of important science facts and trends such as climate change. As a student, I am interested in improving both scientific literacy and literacy at large. As such, I wholeheartedly support the Alda Center for Communicating Science in their mission and multidisciplinary approach towards science communication.