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Local governments and communities face a breadth of STEM-related issues that scientists and engineers can help address.


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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 - Aug 8, 2022
Biologist Supports Safe Parking Program

Christopher Kan is a biologist by training and a biotech professional working at the intersection of biology, people, and business. Kan recently gained local attention for his leadership in a two-year campaign to create a safe parking program in the church lot. Learn about how Kan navigated the local approval process to make four spots available for unhoused people to stay in their cars overnight and how his science communication skills helped bring the project to fruition.

Event - Aug 1, 2022
US K-12 STEM Education: How teaching and curriculum design can advance equity and justice in STEM
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 - Jul 5, 2022
Climate Scientist Tackles Global Aerosols and Sunnyvale Sustainability

ESAL spoke with research scientist Kristine Pistone and how her studies the Earth’s radiative balance, air quality analysis experience in Chile, and interest in sustainability motivated her to serve for her city's local Sustainability Commission in Sunnyvale, CA.

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 2, 2022
Idaho Policy Fellow is a Fan of Foxes, Wolves, and Bioinformatics

Sarah Hendricks is a biologist that works on zoonotic diseases as well as provides researchers with access to cutting edge genomics resources. Hendricks got her Ph.D. in bioinformatics and computational biology from the University of Idaho and has worked at the Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation as well as the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. ESAL spoke with Hendricks about how her interests in animals, humans, health, policy, and data have informed her career.

Article - Apr 24, 2022
Marine Biologist Takes A Global-to-Local Approach to Plastic Pollution

Sarah-Jeanne Royer is a research scientist for Hawai’i Pacific University and an oceanographer for The Ocean Cleanup. She studies how different types of plastic microfibers degrade over time in the varying conditions they encounter in the marine environment. ESAL spoke with Royer about her hands-on work to curb plastic pollution.

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.

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