How to save oysters from ocean acidification? - The HKU three minute thesis (3MT) competition finals - online people's choice award winning video.

 

Even before the 3MT, I have been communicating science to the rural audience of my home state in South India - Tamil Nadu, in the local language ‘Tamil’ via YouTube videos. Coming from a rural background, I believe science communication and education, especially, at the grass root level is key for rural empowerment. This interest in science communication excited me to participate in the HKU-3MT. Winning the online people’s choice award with 1800+ votes, was possible with the support of my family and online community who always were keen and supportive of my science  communication videos. I am also grateful for the support I received from my supervisor, Dr Thiyagarajan, and lab members. As my area of research is related to climate change (ocean acidification), I felt extremely satisfied after communicating a strong message to public about how non-scientists can also contribute in the fight against climate change. I would like to use this opportunity to again stress the importance of reducing carbon footprint to combat climate change. If you are unaware of the term carbon footprint, I urge you to do a quick google search, educate yourself and join the fight against climate change!

Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health issue and raising awareness about antibiotic resistance among public is extremely important, especially among the grass roots. Hence, in this video I have explained about antibiotic resistance (aka. super bugs) in the regional language Tamil, spoken in my home state, Tamil Nadu in India. For further reading on this topic, refer to the video description in YouTube. 
Consanguineous marriages  (or cousin marriages, inbreeding) are very common in the southern state of India - Tamil Nadu. Scientific consensus is that consanguineous marriages can increase the chance of genetic disorders and hence it is important to raise awareness on this topic among the public. In this video, I have explained the science behind genetic disorders caused by consanguineous / close relative / cousin marriages in Tamil. Read further in YouTube video description. 
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