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Local STEM - Nov 26, 2021
Counter Culture Labs: Combining Citizen Science and Biotech

Counter Culture Labs is a community-centered biotech makerspace that provides local engagement through innovative projects in mycology, genomics, fermentation, and more. Learn more about the lab and how they have been able to get the public excited about science.

Postcards - Nov 4, 2021
COVES: Serving in Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Psychology PhD candidate Janey Dike shares her interest in trauma-informed, community-based supports and how it has motivated her goal to bridge science and policy.

Postcards - Nov 4, 2021
COVES: Serving as a Science Advisor

Environmental science and policy PhD student Chelsea Gray discusses her experience as a science advisor and the up-close interaction between law and science-based solutions.

Postcards - Nov 4, 2021
COVES: Serving in the Finance and Appropriations Committee

Integrative life sciences PhD candidate Adele Balmer shares her experience with policymaking in Virginia and how the results from a mathematical model she built has inspired her to work in science policy after graduation.

Local STEM - Oct 30, 2021
First Street Foundation: Using Data to Assess Local Flood Risk

ESAL had the opportunity to sit down with chief data officer for First Street Foundation, Ed Kearns, to learn more about the web tool Flood Factor which helps homeowners across the US determine the flood risk of their property.

Other - Oct 25, 2021
Translating Trust: Community-Oriented Mental Health Care

Read about the impact of the work done by Professor Denise Chavira’s research group, the Culture and Anxiety Lab for Mental Health Advances (CALMA) at UCLA. The group targets the extra hurdles ethnic minorities in rural communities of the U.S. have to manage around stigma, knowledge, and access to mental health services. Chavira's group is dedicated to improving mental health services in chronically underserved communities by working and building trust in Imperial Valley, California.

Local STEM - Oct 10, 2021
One Health Institute: Bringing Together Human, Animal, and Environmental Health in Communities

One Health Institute (OHI) has played a role in connecting scientists and policymakers in crafting local, science-driven solutions for urban development. OHI has expanded in purpose and scope to serve as that platform for communication and develop brand applications and websites so diverse groups can develop projects together. ESAL had the pleasure of speaking with Professor Susan VandeWoude, director at OHI to learn more about their initiatives.

Stories from the Field - Sep 28, 2021
How an Oceanographer Pursues Research, Relevance, and Reach

ESAL interviewed George, a geological oceanographer and a freelance science journalist, about how he found synergy between writing and science in his dualistic career path. George has worked on ocean science and policy issues throughout the west coast, including for the State of California and the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Other - Sep 16, 2021
Navigating the City Budget Process to Achieve Community Outcomes

Senior Budget Analyst of Fort Collins, CO, Cody Forst chats with us about a typical municipal budget timeline and how crucial involvement from community members through online feedback and participatory budgeting aid in the process.

Local STEM - Sep 14, 2021
MCC: Knowledge Co-Production for Natural Resource Management

ESAL speaks to a former and current members of Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC) to learn about how they supports and connect local natural resource managers, researchers, cultural practitioners, policy professionals, community leaders, and graduate students on the Island of Hawaiʻi Island to build adaptive capacity.

Other - Sep 8, 2021
Visualizing Government Accountability Using a City Budget

This is the second in a series of three articles to help you understand and interpret local budgets. ESAL sits down with Open Budget Oakland’s Felicia Betancourt and Jess Sand to discuss their efforts towards making municipal budgets accessible. Read about how Open Budget Oakland advances local government engagement by combining community and coding.

Other - Sep 8, 2021
Making Sense of Municipal Budgets

This is the first in a series of three articles to help you understand and interpret local budgets. Learn more about the fundamentals of the municipal budget such as how city governments spend funds to what goes into a typical budget development process.

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