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Article - May 25, 2020
Getting Food to High-Risk Populations During the COVID Pandemic

St. Louis Food Angels is a volunteer initiative by STEM students and alumni at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) and Fontbonne University during the COVID-19 pandemic. They serve at-risk community members by handling last-mile deliveries of groceries and healthy food box donations for partners.

Article - May 12, 2020
County health departments tackle COVID, can you help?

Nilesh Kalyanaraman, the health officer for Anne Arundel County in Maryland, has seen his work take on new importance during the COVID pandemic. He spoke with ESAL about how the county’s department obtains and analyzes information, and how STEM professionals can leverage their skills to support local efforts.

Article - May 7, 2020
A Chemical Engineer’s Path to Responding to COVID in the Wyoming Senate

Chris Rothfuss holds a PhD in chemical engineering and now serves as the senator for Wyoming State District 9 and as the Wyoming Senate minority leader. Rothfuss spoke with ESAL about how his scientific background informs his work as a senator and how it has shaped the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Article - May 6, 2020
Panel on Responding to COVID - Opportunities for All Researchers to Engage

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, researchers are being called to more broadly engage in their local communities. ESAL participated in an online panel hosted by the Society Civic Science Initiative sharing ideas for STEM professionals to respond in novel and creative ways.

Article - May 4, 2020
Connecting Tech Volunteers to Local COVID Needs

U.S. Digital Response (USDR) is an all-volunteer movement established to fill the technology gap for local governments battling the COVID-19 crisis. ESAL interviewed Yung, the CEO of USDR, about their continuing efforts to assist governments across state and municipal jurisdictions.

Article - Apr 19, 2020
#ScienceInAction Twitter Chat

ESAL and fellow organizations participated in a Twitter chat led by the Science Network of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The virtual conversation addressed the importance of scientific engagement in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Article - Apr 11, 2020
Tackling COVID on City Council

Many of the decisions and actions that address the COVID-19 pandemic take place at the local level. ESAL spoke with Sara Lamnin, a city council member in Hayward, CA, about ways that city government tracks emerging information on COVID, and how scientists and engineers can support their communities’ responses.

Article - Apr 5, 2020
Organizing for Critical Medical Supply Access

Melissa Baker is a third-year medical student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a founding board member of Medical Supply Drive, a student-led organization. ESAL spoke with Melissa to see how they're mobilizing to respond to the critical shortage of masks and protective equipment in hospitals across the U.S.

Article - Mar 23, 2020
Scientists as Citizens: Responding to Community Needs

As local communities rally together to face this challenge, ESAL has compiled a list of ideas for engineers and scientists who want to contribute to COVID-19 efforts. We will continue to add to it as we learn of new efforts, so please send us anything you’d like to see included.

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