The Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) today announced this year’s winner of the second annual Paul Shin Award, honoring the unsung heroes of science communication and engagement.
The 2013 winner is Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer, Ph.D., Vice-director and News Editor for Ciencia Puerto Rico. For the past seven years, Mónica has dedicated 20-30 hours a week of unpaid work to Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), a non-profit grassroots organization that promotes science, research and scientific literacy in Puerto Rico, all while working toward (and obtaining) her PhD in neuroscience at Harvard University. Mónica explains: “I love the lab bench, but through Ciencia Puerto Rico I’ve realized that my true passion lies in outreach, communicating science and making it available to everyone.”
Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, Ph.D. , Executive Director of Ciencia Puerto Rico, nominated Dr. Feliú-Mójer saying, “Mónica has enhanced science communication directly, through her writings and innovative education programs, but perhaps most importantly, through her example, she has empowered fellow scientists to get involved and do the same.”
Upon receiving the award, Dr. Feliú-Mójer said, “What I love most about Ciencia Puerto Rico is that everyone in the (mostly volunteer) group is equally passionate about making a difference. I am so excited to connect with people from across the United States that share that passion.”