This program was established by the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane for local middle-school girls to foster interest in STEM. The O'Connor lab developed for the program a laboratory workshop entitled "Healthy Bones for Life: Your Stem Cells at Work." The workshop provides instruction on mesenchymal stem cells, their differentiation into bone, and the prevention of osteoporosis, which is prominent among older women. Girls perform experiments in groups of 3-4 supervised by the Prof. O'Connor and her research team in a one-hour workshop of 12 girls.
Homecoming Laboratory Tours
The O'Connor lab hosts four 30-minute tours during the School of Science and Engineering's Homecoming Open House for students, their families and alumni. A total of 30-40 visitors learn about the PI's research through discussion and student demonstrations of stem cell culture and analysis.
In February 2014, Prof. O'Connor gave a presentation about her research to the New Orleans Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers which was attended by over 20 chemical engineers working in New Orleans and the surrounding regions.