“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge”-Carl Sagan


Teaching Science in Nicaragua

In 2016 and 2017, I organized an educational conference to bring information about health, science, and the brain to Jalapa, Nicaragua. This collaboration involved supporting resources from SACNAS, AACC, University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative, and NSF. I was able to develop many different lesson plans about the brain based on the model established by the DANA foundation’s Brain Awareness Week. This project involved a large component of lesson plan development and teaching by numerous graduate students at the University of Utah. The lesson plans are still available in English and Spanish for anyone who wants to learn or teach about the Brain. Please look at the different lesson plans we developed by clicking the button below.


Society for the advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

SACNAS aims to further the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American students in obtaining advanced degrees, careers, leadership positions, and equality in the STEM field. Our own local chapter is involved in a variety of educational outreach projects and career development for students throughout Salt Lake City.


Cinema SCience Podcast-Episode 11

Fellow Neuroscience PhD candidates Heidi Febinger and Anne Gibson from my cohort developed an entertaining way to learn new things about the brain. It is called Cinema Science Podcast, and it uses popular media (movies, TV shows, comics, etc.) as a talking point to examine the central nervous system. I had the pleasure of discussing the neuroscience behind zombism on season 1 episode 11. Click the link below to hear the podcast, and definitely subscribe to hear more podcasts about the brain!


Rocky Mountain Rescue Group

RMRG began in 1947, and is one of the most experienced mountain rescue teams in the country. Contracted by Boulder County Sheriff's Office as the county's primary mountain rescue agency, but we also assists other mountain rescue teams outside the county. My experience as a support member in RMRG was a very rewarding and educational experience. It allowed me to give back to the outdoor community which has given me so much throughout the years. This was through direct contributions including community education, technical rescue support including during the disastrous floods of 2013 (pictured left).

If you are interested in learning more about RMRG please consider volunteering or donating to make a difference here.


American Association for The Care of Children

Deborah Young, PhD is the unstoppable force behind the AACC and I have had the pleasure of working with her in Nicaragua throughout my life. Her efforts have truly served as the bedrock foundation of the ever-improving livelihood in Jalapa, Nicaragua. I traveled with Deborah to work in Nicaragua at many different times in my life and I am truly impressed how it has improved over time. AACC’s efforts are not limited to Nicaragua, but have expanded to Nepal, Bhutan, and Palestine.

If you are interested in learning more about AACC, please consider volunteering or donating to make a difference here.