SCHOLARSHIP AND PRACTICE
¡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 400 popular science articles and op-eds (mostly in Spanish) that make science pertinent to the lives, culture, and context of Puerto Rican audiences.
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.
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.
Comunicación científica para audiencias no académicas (Science Communication for Non-Academic Audiences) (2019) University of Puerto Rico, Humacao and Cayey, PR
Storytelling for Inclusion and Equity (2019) Jackson Wild Media Lab, Jackson Wild Film Festival, Jackson, WY
Quiero ser científica (I Want to be a Scientist) (2019) 4-Day Bootcamp (in collaboration with the Uruguay Chapter of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo, and Plan Ceibal), Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable, Montevideo, Uruguay
Storytelling: Crafting Narratives to Share Your Science (2018) 12th Annual Horizons Molecular Biology Career Fair, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
Defining Your Personal Brand (2018) Leadership Alliance Career Workshop, Hartford, CT
RECENT TALKS & PANELS
A Framework to Make Science Communication More Inclusive (2020) University of Wisconsin-Madison's Life Sciences Communication Colloquium
Telling Stories to Change Misconceptions About Scientists. (2019) Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia of the National Academy of Sciences, Irvine, CA
Science Communication to Make Science More Equitable and Inclusive (2020) Seminar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (video)
Research and Evidence-Based Practices for Effective Science Communication (2019) Panel, Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference, Honolulu, Hawai'i
Case Study: The Science of Science Communication (2019) Panel, Jackson Wild Film Festival, Jackson, WY (video)
Building Public Trust in the Fake News Era (2019) Panel, Science Talk, Portland, OR
Presente y futuro de la comunicación científica en Puerto Rico (Present and future of science communication in Puerto Rico) (2019) Fireside Chat, 1st Puerto Rico Science Communication Meetup, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, PR (video)
Who Speaks for Science? Storytelling and Cultural Diversity in Science Communication. (2018) Short Talk, Telling Stories of Science Mini-Symposium, Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (Read Session Summary)
LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE