“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!