Communication Lab Coordinator
Dr. Marina Dang joined the Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering at MIT in 2014 as the communication lab coordinator. The Communication Lab offers written, oral, and visual communication support through a peer-coaching model in an effort to teach and inspire students to become effective and confident communicators.
Dr. Dang’s teaching career began in her freshman year at Emmanuel College, where she was a peer tutor for four years in subjects ranging from physical chemistry to French. At Brandeis University, aside from researching protein structure and dynamics using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), she was a teaching assistant for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, and was recognized for her “noteworthy contribution to teaching” through an outstanding teaching fellow award in 2005. For three years in a row, she was invited to design and lead the chemistry component of the Posse Foundation Science Boot Camp program at Brandeis. Dr. Dang later returned as an adjunct faculty member to Emmanuel to teach principles of chemistry.
As a science curriculum developer at Ergopedia, Dr. Dang incorporated differentiated instruction methodologies and guided inquiry into the creation of teaching tools that included presentation slides, test banks, a teacher’s resource book, and intuition-based laboratory investigations. During this time, Dr. Dang authored and delivered scripts for a series of hands-on educational videos to provide additional support to teachers.
In addition, Dr. Dang has administrative experience from working closely with the staff, president, and board of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK), a Boston-based nonprofit organization. She has played a leading role in establishing a new community of volunteers for ATASK, acting as chair and communications officer of the ATASK Community Leaders Council (CLC). The CLC is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to advance the mission of ATASK through networking and special events.