2021 Planning Committee


Daniel Aguirre

Founder, at Pueblo, an Inclusive Culture and Community Engagement Practice




Lauren Cagle

Assistant Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies, University of Kentucky




Ana Maria Porras, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, J. Pruitt Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida




Katharine McDuffie 

Program Director, URI Metcalf Institute





Sunshine Menezes

Executive Director, URI Metcalf Institute





Alex Moore, Ph.D. 

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University




Gabi Serrato Marks 

Freelance Science Writer






Elaine Shen

PhD Candidate in Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rhode Island



Dr. Lisette E. Torres-Gerald

Senior Research Associate and Program Coordinator, TERC




Mohamed Yakub

SciLine, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)




Sara K. Yeo

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Utah



We gratefully acknowledge the additional contributions of:
Margaret Hayden, URI Metcalf Institute
Lisa Philo, URI Metcalf Institute
Karen Southern, URI Metcalf Institute
Regina Barber DeGraaff, Western Washington University*
Katherine Canfield, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency*
Emily Cloyd, American Association for the Advancement of Science*
Rachel Cohn, URI Biological and Environmental Sciences
Ivel Gontan, Association of Science and Technology Centers*
Asta Habtemichael, URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Danielle Moore, URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Alexis Rapoza, URI Public Administration
Rose Henricks, American Society for Cell Biology*
Devin Jefferson, Virginia Museum of Science*
Reyhaneh Maktoufi, PBS NOVA*
Sarah Schechter, URI MESM
Adrian Sicaju Ruiz, URI Computer Science
Colette Soulier, URI Department of Marine Affairs
Hannah Trautmann, URI Cellular and Molecular Biology
Rob Ulrich, University of California Los Angeles*
Sarah Vican, Northeastern University
Qisi Yao, URI Nutrition and Food Sciences

*Proposal reviewers