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Other - Jun 17, 2021
Communicating Science: Responding to COVID

On March 2, as the final installment of the Covid Conversations series, ESAL spoke with three active members of the science communication scene to learn more about civic engagement. The discussion includes methods for effectively communicating with one's own local government, communication styles among scientists, and vaccine distribution.

Stories from the Field - Jun 13, 2021
Astrophysicist Uses Analytical Skills to Make a Difference on Earth

ESAL interviewed Louis Abramson, an astrophysicist and current Carnegie Fellow in Astronomy at the Carnegie Observatories. He helps tackle problems related to homelessness and food relief in Los Angeles, as an elected member of the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council.

Stories from the Field - May 25, 2021
Physicist from Appalachia Harnesses Machine Learning to Inform Local Healthcare Solutions

As she attended machine learning conferences, Savannah Thais realized her interest in creating more intelligent models that can address on-Earth problems like opioid abuse and COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Local STEM - May 22, 2021
Borough of Queens: Creating a Smart City

ESAL had the opportunity to speak with Queens Deputy Borough President Rhonda Binda, a native of Queens, who has been spearheading the endeavor to ensure the borough becomes a model smart city and remains prosperous.

Other - May 19, 2021
Our Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Earlier this year, ESAL’s Steering Committee met to discuss how well we are addressing matters of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in our work as well as in our organization.

Local STEM - May 1, 2021
Aquí Nos Cuidamos: Toolkit of Resources on COVID-19 for Puerto Rican Communities

Mónica Feliú Mójer hablo con ESAL sobre Aquí Nos Cuidamos, una colección gratuita de contenidos educativos, comunitarios y multimedia sobre Covid 19, cienca y salud pública creada por Ciencia Puerto Rico. El grupo de científicos produce recursos culturalmente relevantes para equipar a los puertorriqueños, y sobre todo en las comunidades marginadas, a responder ahora a la pandemia y a los desafíos en el futuro.

Local STEM - May 1, 2021
Aquí Nos Cuidamos: COVID-19 Toolkit for Puerto Rican Communities

ESAL spoke with director Mónica Feliú Mójer about Aquí Nos Cuidamos (“Here We Take Care of Each Other”), a free collection of educational, community-centered and multimedia content related to COVID-19. Launched as a program of the nonprofit CienciaPR, the culturally relevant resources equip Puerto Ricans to respond to the pandemic and future challenges.

Stories from the Field - Apr 25, 2021
Paleoecologist Gets Her Feet Wet in North Dakota Politics

Lydia Tackett a professor of geosciences who discovered her passion for paleoecology while in graduate school in the west. She is also the District 44 (Cass County, ND) Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party Chair. ESAL interviewed Tackett about her combined passions for “playing in the dirt, crackin’ rocks for fossils, and civic engagement.”

Deep Dive - Apr 14, 2021
COVID-19 Deep Dive: Harnessing Volunteer Scientists for Community Response

Promptly after his workplace closed in March 2020 as a consequence of COVID-19, neurobiologist Michael Wells took action. Read about how one tweet turned into a volunteer effort comprised of over 9,000 scientists.

Stories from the Field - Mar 28, 2021
From Neuroscientist to Running for Public Office

Tepring Piquado discusses her journey from the field of neuroscience to running for public office. Read about her experiences with the California Council on Science and Technology, and her transition into the legislative process from academia.

Other - Mar 23, 2021
Approaching Evidence-Informed Policy-making with Empathy

This is the fourth installment of ESAL Founder & Chair Arti Garg's diary of her participation in a policy innovation workshop on community safety. Garg discusses the role of empathy in local policy-making, and how engineers and scientists can get comfortable with subjective evidence.

Local STEM - Mar 14, 2021
The Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence: Minimizing Conflict Between People & Nature

ESAL spoke with Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence (CHCC) Director and wildlife biologist Kevin Crooks, and with Assistant Professor and conservation psychologist Rebecca Niemiec about the Center’s role in the reintroduction of gray wolves to Colorado and associated public engagement efforts.

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