Scientist | Science Communication Expert | Public Speaker
Highlights of my science communication efforts, which focus on engaging underserved communities with science, making science more equitable and inclusive, training and creating opportunities for scientists to engaging in science communication, and changing stereotypes about scientists by applying a cultural lens to storytelling.
SCHOLARSHIP AND PRACTICE
PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS & PERSPECTIVES
POPULAR SCIENCE ARTICLES & OP-EDS
¡Ciencia Boricua! Ensayos y anécdotas del científico puertorro (Boricua Science! Essays and anecdotes by Puerto Rican scientists) (2011) Ediciones Callejón, San Juan, PR
I served as co-editor and co-author of ¡Ciencia Boricua!, the first collection of culturally relevant popular essays and stories about science and Puerto Rico, written by Puerto Rican scientists. Besides being sold in bookstores throughout Puerto Rico and on Amazon, the book, in its second edition, has been used in schools to help teachers contextualize science concepts to the culture and reality of Puerto Rican students.
Since 2006, I have served as editor-in-chief and lead for CienciaPR’s collaborations with media outlets in Puerto Rico, the U.S. and Spain, including El Nuevo Día (Puerto Rico’s newspaper of record), Scientific American, and Diálogo, among others. Through these collaborations, more than 70 scientists have published more than 800 popular science articles and op-eds (mostly in Spanish) that make science pertinent to the lives, culture, and context of Puerto Rican audiences.
FUTURE OF SCIENCE FILM FELLOWSHIP
The Future of Science Film Fellowship is a program for emerging filmmakers to develop new documentaries about efforts to make science more equitable and inclusive. This project builds on the success of the feature documentary Picture a Scientist, which chronicled stories of bias, discrimination and harassment against women scientists. Our goal now is to launch a new set of films that will amplify the conversation about race, equity and inclusion in science, and spark change in the scientific community. Learn more about the Future of Science Film Fellowship. Applications are due August 2, 2021.
I am one of the executive producers of the fellowship program. Read more about why we created the fellowship in this press release.
YOUTUBE, PODCASTS, & LIVES
Mónica Feliú-Mójer: Making science more equitable and inclusive
(June 13, 2021)
American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Sci & Tell podcast (full interview available on Story Corps)
VIDEOS PRODUCED BY ME
BACKGROUND TO BREAKTHROUGH
A series of short films expanding the definition of who can become a scientist and shift the narratives of deficit about scientists of color by showcasing how the have succeeded because (and not in spite of) of their backgrounds.
Manu Prakash: Finding sublime in the mundane (September 5 2019) This video explores how endless hours playing outside with animals and making flammable artifacts as a kid led Dr. Manu Prakash to become a world-renowned researcher creating low-cost tools to empower people around the globe.
Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez: Charting an original path (March 26, 2019) This video explores how Dr. Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez's experiences as a Mexican-Italian-American woman, professor, artist and mother have provided her with fascinating and unusual perspectives to study the biology of parental behavior..
Esteban González Burchard: Who’s included? (May 7, 2018) This video explores the consequences and implication of underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities in clinical and biomedical research.
Esteban González Burchard: Which box do I check? (May 7, 2018) Racial information is used by doctors to make critical decisions about health. But, what happens if you don’t fit neatly in one box?
Esteban González Burchard: An inclusive future (May 7, 2018) A lack of diversity and inclusion in science and medicine not only limits new forms of understanding, but who benefits from them.
COURSES, WORKSHOPS & WEBINARS
Share your research: How to give a good talk (2020) A free online course focused on how-to strategies and skills to create and deliver a good research talk. The course was built by scientists and communication experts, using documentary-style videos, case-studies, concrete advice, and focused assessments to guide learners through the process of building and confidently presenting a scientific talk. I was one of 4 course directors and content experts.
RECENT TALKS & PANELS
Reconstruir la confianza entre la ciencia y la sociedad en el año 2021 (Rebuilding trust between science and society in 2021) (September 7, 2021) 5to Foro Hispanoamericano de Periodismo Científico
How can we ensure public engagement in basic science is equitable and inclusive? (July 28, 2021) SciPep Conference
#AquiNosCuidamosPR: A model for inclusive community-centered science engagement (June 23, 2021) Union of Concerned Scientists
LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE