Science Communication Expert | Scientist | Public Speaker
Mónica Feliú Mójer, Ph.D.
I am a bilingual (Spanish and English) scientist-turned-communicator and tap into my training (a PhD in neurobiology), personal background, and culture (a woman from a working class community in Puerto Rico) to engage historically underserved and overlooked audiences, especially Puerto Ricans and other Spanish-speakers, with science.
I have more than 16 years of experience in multimedia science communication, community engagement, media relations, science advocacy and diversity, equity and inclusion. You can read my full bio HERE.
NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
I collaborated with the American Museum of Natural History to voice the Spanish version of a series of videos about viruses, vaccines and COVID-19. You can watch the first three "¿Qué es un virus?", "¿Qué herramientas usan los científicos para estudiar los virus?" and "¿Qué son las vacunas?" on YouTube and learn more here and here.
I offered the 2022 Johnston Lecture at the University of Oregon, where I gave in-depth examples of how applying a cultural lens to science communication and storytelling can make science more equitable, inclusive, and effective.
In this op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, I reflect on the lessons learned through Aquí Nos Cuidamos, working with community leaders in Puerto Rico and the importance of solidarity and collective care — not individualism & nationalism — to end the pandemic and be prepared for future emergencies.
I am in this episode of podcast "El hilo" focused on COVID-19 vaccine misinformation in Latin America, discussing the difference between mis- and disinformation, why they arise and how to address them. I also discussed how to have conversations with people who are skeptical about getting vaccinated. An edited version of the episode was publis hed by Radio Ambulante on December 28, 2021.
Aquí Nos Cuidamos, a community engagement project I lead for the nonprofit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), was named Breakthrough of the Year 2021 in the category of Science Engagement at the Falling Walls Science Summit, celebrated November 7-9 in Berlin, Germany. This prestigious award honors the most outstanding project breaking the wall between science and society.
I am one of ten Emerson Collective Fellows part of the Recover and Renew Cohort, a cross-disciplinary group, each committed to exploring how issues of equity and justice have shaped the pandemic—and how we can center both on the path to building anew. The Emerson Collective Fellowship supported my work on Aquí Nos Cuidamos. I am the first and only Puerto Rican to date to earn this award. Read my Emerson Collective Fellow profile HERE.
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