As a postdoc I have been on the board of the Princeton Latino Graduate Student Association (LGSA) as the Chair of Professional Development. We in LGSA have held cultural events on campus, mentored undergraduates, and worked to build a strong community for Latinx on Princeton campus by working together and with campus administrators and staff. I am pictured below with LGSA mi familia, left-to-right: Noemi Vergopolan, myself (Micaela Martinez), Julio Herrera Estrada, Jeremy Borjon, and Jose Zamalloa.
I recently began volunteering with The Last Mile Code.7370, which I am extremely excited about. The program teaches inmates in San Quentin prison how to program in python, html, and java. It offers inmates valuable tech skills that will help them land jobs when they leave San Quentin. I am helping collate data and mentoring students on their data visualization application, Project Tycho. To learn more about my work with Code.7370, check out this article in the UMich Alumni news: link.
See Code.7370 on the Today Show:
Working with Kids:
Infectious disease ecology is a great way to get kids and teens interested in Science, Tech, Engineering, & Math. I have taught high school girls about computer programming and disease transmission by introducing them to SIR models for Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Most recently, Kevin Bakker, and I taught 240 6th graders scientific inquiry. They explored human birth seasonality and collected data on their classmate’s birth days. The students also learned epidemiological concepts and studied geographic patterns of measles incidence.