Mónica Feliú Mójer, Ph.D.
I am a bilingual scientist-turned-communicator. I tap into my PhD training, personal background, and culture (a woman from a rural 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 17 years of experience in multimedia science communication, community engagement, media relations, filmmaking, science advocacy, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
News & Highlights
2023-2024 USJLP Delegate
March 20, 2023 – I was selected as a 2023-2024 Delegate of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program, a next-gen network of both rising and established thought-leaders, innovators and boundary-breakers in both countries.
Valor del Año, Carnaval Vegalteño
February 24, 2023 – I was recognized as a "Star of the Year" for my work in science communication by the carnival in Vega Alta, my hometown.
2022 CIS Seed Talk
January 22, 2023 – Talk at the 2022 Conference on Island Sustainability in Guam, where I review three valuable lessons I have learned partnering with community leaders in Puerto Rico
2022 AAAS Fellow
January 31, 2023 – I was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for my work as "an influential science communicator who inspires researchers around the world to share their science and to engage in public policy and science diplomacy"
Named to NASEM's Standing Committee
January 23, 2023 – I was named to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine's Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication.
Borinqueñas en STEM exhibit
December 8, 2022 – I am featured in a special exhibit at C3TEC museum that celebrates 37 Puerto Rican women in STEM.
New perspective on Journal of Science Communication
November 7, 2022 – I published this perspective about culturally relevant science communication in a special collection for the 20th anniversary of the Journal of Science Communication.
SACNAS NDiSTEM 2022 Emcee
October 27, 2022 – I served as the emcee for the 2022 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference
New culturally relevant scicomm course
October 11, 2022 – I partnered with Lifeology and illustrator Mya Pagán to create the free course "How to practice culturally relevant science communication". The course is also available en español.
Collaboration with AMNH
February 23, 2022 – I collaborated with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) to voice a series of Spanish-language videos about viruses, how scientists study them, vaccines and COVID-19, and how a pandemic might end. This project received a Bronze recognition from Anthem Awards.
2022 Johnston Lecture
February 23, 2022 – 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.