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My experiences in science policy include alerting the public about federal and local policies that are relevant to science and Puerto Rico (PR) as a member of the “Puerto Rico Science Policy Action Network (PR-SPAN). I am currently a fellow at the government relations firm Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, specializing in public policy and advocacy for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies. In addition, I have received didactic training as a fellow of the AIMBE Public Policy Institute, the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program (ATP), and the NSPN SciPol Scholars-in-Residence (SPSR) Program. My experiences in science diplomacy include being a member of the Science Diplomacy Network in Latin America and the Caribbean and alumni of the First Edition of the Science Diplomacy Course organized by the Embassy of Ecuador in India, and the AAAS Science Diplomacy and Leadership Workshop.

Publications, Op-Eds, Blog Posts, and Policy Alerts

Let’s talk about the gender gap on Women’s Day
Blog post for the Science Diplomacy Network in Latin America and the Caribbean (DiploCientifica) during 2021 International Women's Day, discussing the impact of COVID-19 on women in science and the role we have played during the pandemic
(English version) (Spanish version)
Mar 2021

The Power of Advocacy as a Force to Generate Changes in Science
Column for the Puerto Rico Science Policy Action Network (PR-SPAN) blog (Ciencia Puerto Rico)
(English version) (Spanish version)
Nov 2019

H.R. 1709-Scientific Integrity Act
Policy Alert for PR-SPAN blog (Ciencia Puerto Rico)
(English version) (Spanish version)
Jun 2019

Establishing Bridges through Science Diplomacy: The Experience of a Puerto Rican Scientist in Egypt
Column for PR-SPAN blog (Ciencia Puerto Rico)
(English version) (Spanish version)
Apr 2019

Media Appearances - Facebook Live and YouTube

De inmunóloga a comunicadora científica: recorriendo el mundo a través de la ciencia
Seminar about my career trajectory, science communication, science policy, and science diplomacy efforts with the organization "NeuroBoricuas UPR-Cayey"
Mar 2021

A Year in Review - The National Science Policy Network 2019-2020
Promo video for the National Science Policy Network (NSPN) highlighting their initiatives and programs, including my participation as a fellow of the SciPol Scholars Program and the Professional Development Fund
Nov 2020

National Science Policy Symposium (NSPN) Promo Video 2018-2019

Media Appearances - Radio and Podcasts

Luz at "Manos a la tierra" Radio Show
Interview about the public policy initiative PR-SPAN and its role during the COVID-19 pandemic in Puerto Rico. Transmitted through WIPR am and Tunein Radio
Aug 2020

Luz at "In a Perfect Policy" Podcast by CaSP UW-Madison
Interview with the Catalysts for Science Policy Organization (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Nov 2019

Organized Webinars and Videos Produced

“¿Cuáles son los ingredientes de las vacunas de COVID-19?”
Video clip explaining the ingredients of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. This clip is extracted from the panel “La vacuna para todos... en arroz y habichuelas”, organized by PRSPAN members
Jan 2021

“La vacuna para todos... en arroz y habichuelas”
Panel organized by PRSPAN members about the COVID-19 vaccines
Dec 2020

“De cara a las elecciones 2020: ¿Para qué votar? y ¿Qué debes saber?”
Video prepared by members of PRSPAN about how and why it is important to vote for the Puerto Rico elections. This video is part of the initiative "Visibility and awareness for the 2020 elections" sponsored by Ciencia PR, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and Science Rising
Oct 2020

“Diplomacia Científica en Chile y América Latina con la Dra. Johana Cabrera”
Webinar for PR-SPAN members about science diplomacy in Chile and Latin America with Dr. Johana Cabrera
Jul 2020

Scipol and SciDip Organizations

Science Policy: PR-SPAN

The Puerto Rico Science Policy Action Network (PR-SPAN) is an initiative of Ciencia Puerto Rico that seeks to alert about federal and local policies that are relevant to science and Puerto Rico, identify subject matter experts that can serve to inform these public policies, and train and motivate the scientific community to serve as advocates for transparency, independent and sustainable science, and evidence-based public policies. As a PR-SPAN member, I am in charge of managing the social media accounts, organize webinars, and contribute to the creation of policy alerts, blogs, and op-eds.

Science Diplomacy: DiploCientifica

The mission of the Science Diplomacy Network in Latin America and the Caribbean is generate awareness and knowledge about science diplomacy within the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, increase the visibility of the LAC region in the global arena of science diplomacy, and articulate a LAC community interested in science diplomacy. As a member of this organization, I work with the International Relationships Committee and the Communications Committee.


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