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Category: Local STEM

Article - Aug 22, 2022
Community Engineering Corps: Partnering to address infrastructure inequity

ESAL spoke with Natalie Celmo, senior project engineer, and Ellie Carley, senior program coordinator, to learn how they support underserved groups through the Community Engineering Corps. The Community Engineering Corps provides pro-bono engineering and technical assistance in partnership with communities in need.

Article - Jul 17, 2022
Bradford Pear Bounty: Swapping stinky nuisances for native beauty

ESAL spoke with Kelly Oten, an assistant professor at NCSU, to the North Carolina Bradford Pear Bounty's goals and its collaboration with North Carolina State University (NCSU) Extension, and the state’s Forest Service, Urban Forest Council, and Wildlife Federation to remove the ‘Bradford’ pear, an invasive and nuisance species in the South.

Article - Jun 27, 2022
ECO City Farms: Promoting Urban Agroecology

ECO City Farms is a non-profit training and learning urban farm in Maryland that aims to sustain the local environment as well as provide healthy food to the surrounding community. CEO Margaret Morgan-Hubbard embraces the tenets of agroecology to enhance food security and access to nutrition to locals of Prince George’s County. ESAL discussed the holistic training practices and positive impact provided by ECO City Farms with Morgan-Hubbard.

Article - Jun 1, 2022
VaCS: Student-led COVID vaccine outreach

The Vaccination Conversations with Scientists program is a collaborative effort between volunteer scientists and engineers at Cornell and local county health departments to answer questions about vaccine safety and COVID-19 in the community. ESAL spoke with Kara Fikrig, Kara Rode Webber, and Rachael Skye to learn about their approach to overcoming vaccine hesitancy.

Article - Apr 24, 2022
NGRREC: River-Based Environmental Education for Local Communities

ESAL spoke with Sarah Fisher, the director of environmental education at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center to discuss importance of context on impact of environmental education efforts.

Article - Mar 18, 2022
Forest ReLeaf: Bringing the Benefits of Trees to Communities

ESAL had the opportunity to speak with Meridith Perkins, current executive director of nonprofit Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, about canopy coverage in underserved communities and the importance of environmental education. Learn more about how Meridith brings empowers the local community with skills and opportunities to combat climate change in their own backyard.

Article - Feb 21, 2022
Cibolo Center for Conservation: Creating Community-Based Resource Stewardship

The Cibolo Center for Conservation uses science to inform decision-makers about practices and policies that affect the quality of life in the region and to promote natural resource conservation. Learn more about their mission and unique approach to community citizen science.

Article - Jan 12, 2022
Local Science Engagement Network: Equipping Scientists for Policy Impact

ESAL had the opportunity to speak with the Local Science Engagement Network's campaign director Daniel Barry to learn more about how the program aims to equip scientists with tools for building long-term relationships with policymakers.

Article - 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.

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